It’s clear that someone at Bild is a Mary Poppins fan, because a spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down. In this case, we’re talking about all the terrible, soul-crushing news about Bayern Munich they’ve fed us in the last 24 hours, washed down with a random doses of sugar that fans will lap up at every opportunity.
This time, it’s bad news. Per reports, we’re hearing that Chris Richards may be on the chopping block at Bayern, despite being of the premier defensive talents at the club. The 21-year-old American could be let go if Hoffenheim agree to pay as little as 10m euros, which seems like a pittance given his age and quality.
No mention of a buyback clause or anything in the report, so we can assume that this is all there is. Now while Richards may be one of the few players that the club can actually sell, compared to deadwood like Corentin Tolisso, Michael Cuisance, and Bouna Sarr — he’s also one of the few players that the club should actually keep! With Niklas Sule’s contract situation still up in the air, why sell off another young talented defender who’s great on the ball and can play at right-back? It makes no sense.
Some have suggested that this is a ploy to raise funds for Marcel Sabitzer. If it is, that’s just a bit sad. Richards is such a gem of a player, and he proved last season that he can cut it in the Bundesliga. Selling him to make way for a very necessary depth signing wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world — but it would be disappointing, especially for fans who have been looking forward to another young campus player breaking into the first team.
For now, Chris Richards’ future at Bayern remains in limbo. We’ll update you as more news comes in.