Speaking on Bild TV this weekend (via @iMiaSanMia on Twitter), Borussia Monchenglabach sporting director Max Eberl confirmed that both Jonas Hofmann and Matthias Ginter will be staying at the club this summer. Both players had recently been linked with potential moves to Bayern Munich, but as Bayern close in on signing Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig, both moves for the pair of Gladbach players are off. “As of today, we have had no serious talks. Our squad is staying as it is,” Eberl confirmed. He also made it clear that, despite what was reported, there have never been any negotiations with Hasan Salihamidzic for Hofmann or Ginter.
Max Eberl denies a Matthias Ginter move as well: "As of today, we have had no serious talks. Our squad is staying as it is" [BILD TV] https://t.co/KnZ8b9Z6Lv— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 29, 2021
It was initially reported that Bayern’s original plan was to acquire Ginter on a free transfer next summer, when his contract with Gladbach is set to expire, but decided that they should explore the opportunity of getting him this summer as a defensive reinforcement. His versatility to play either as a center-back or right-back could greatly benefit Julian Nagelsmann’s defensive depth, but with both Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez set to return from their respective injuries after the international break, there’s less of a dire necessity for added depth in defense.
Bayern also still haven’t been able to decide what to do with Chris Richards, as they cannot seem to find a viable suitor that’s able and/or willing to pay at least 10-million euros for him. Between Dayout Upamecano, Niklas Sule, Tanguy Nianzou, Hernandez, Pavard, Alphonso Davies, Omar Richards, Chris Richards, and Josip Stanisic, Nagelsmann still has plenty of options to choose from in defense, especially if Chris Richards stays this summer. Not to mention, if he’s in a pinch due to injuries or suspensions, there’s always the option of using Joshua Kimmich at right back.
All things considered, potentially getting Ginter on a free transfer next summer would be terrific business for Bayern. Trying to get him this summer possibly hinged a lot on what happened with Sule and Chris Richards, who were both linked with potential moves away. For now, Nagelsmann can make it work with the players he already has available.