Time is ticking during this transfer window and Bayern Munich is reportedly working hard behind the scenes on a number of deals for players like RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer and the Borussia Mönchengladbach duo of Jonas Hofmann and Matthias Ginter.
We already know where things stand on Ginter, but what about Sabitzer and Hofmann? Well, here you go:
According to Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), the Sabitzer talks are going into the ‘hot phase’, but Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic has not had any discussions with RB Leipzig just yet (Editor’s Note: Why?). Plettenberg, however, says everyone from Sabitzer to Bayern to Leipzig wants the deal to happen, but it depends on whether or not the Bavarians will pay Die Roten Bullen’s asking price, which be only €12 million to €13 million.
Outlook: If true, Bayern Munich needs to re-assess their strategy. Sabitzer for that low of a fee is a STEAL.
While the Hofmann story only broke this week, it goes back almost two weeks when Julian Nagelsmann had a one-on-one conversation with the Gladbach man. This, too, comes down to price according to Plettenberg, where Gladbach would sell Hofmann for any bid in the neighborhood of €20 million:
Update #Hofmann: Revealed: 14 days ago Nagelsmann and Hofmann had a long one-on-one conversation. Both value each other. Talks are ongoing. #FCBayern wants him. It's just a question of price. #MeineBayernWoche @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) August 27, 2021
Sport Bild’s Christian Falk (via @iMiaSanMia) is also reporting that Bayern Munich has agreed on personal terms with Hofmann as well.
Per Plettenberg (via @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich will probably not invest in both Sabitzer and Hofmann during this window because they fear the combined fee would exceed €30 million.
Simply put, if Bayern Munich can get two players that Julian Nagelsmann badly wants for a combined price between €30 and €35 million — and fail to do so — it will be a lost opportunity.