According to a report from Sport Bild’s Christian Falk (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich might not be fully lasered in on RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer as an “all or nothing” transfer.
In fact, there are “three-to-five” midfielders that Bayern Munich could be considering as options to bolster its central midfield group. Who those players are remains a mystery, but we know that Nagelsmann would like a box-to-box type player or someone versatile enough to play multiple roles within the central midfield:
Marcel Sabitzer is not the only target for FC Bayern in midfield. There are 3 to 5 names on the list, and in the end the club decides for the player that fits both from a financial and a footballing point of view [Podcast Bayern Insider, @cfbayern]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 6, 2021
This is pure — and I mean pure — speculation on who some of those options could be, with a bit of rationale added:
- Florian Grillitsch, Hoffenheim: Grillitsch is more of a defensive midfielder, but he has played under Nagelsmann before and could be used as part of a swap deal for Chris Richards. Bayern Munich is — reportedly — looking for €10 million on a deal for Richards, so any cost for Grillitsch could be minimized by making this a swap deal. My personal preference would be for Richards to go out on loan and not be sold, but reports this week said he could be available. Regardless, Grillitsch could be a good fit. Contract status: Signed through 2022.
- Kevin Kampl, RB Leipzig: Another player with Nagelsmann ties, Kampl is 30-years-old and versatile. He might be at a point in his career where being a starter every game is not as important as winning trophies. Could Kampl be a good, seamless, and comfortable fit for Nagelsmann to bring in? Contract status: Signed through 2023.
- Thomas Delaney, Borussia Dortmund: Delaney is more of a defensive midfielder, but with Kimmich’s versatility, it is conceivable a veteran like Delaney could be an attractive option — especially because Dortmund — allegedly — wants to unload him and he would not carry an exorbitant transfer fee. Would BVB make a deal with Bayern Munich, though? Contract status: Signed through 2022.
- Max Eggestein, Werder Bremen: Young (24), versatile and cheap, Eggestein is a real longshot, but one that could work. With his brother Johannes no longer with the club and with Werder Bremen stuck in 2. Bundesliga, Eggestein could at least be somewhat open to jumping ship. Contract status: Signed through 2023.
- Diego Demme, Napoli: We recently learned that Demme was offered to Bayern Munich last summer and he once played under Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig. Demme would certainly fill the versatility requirement. Contract status: Signed through 2024.
- Eduardo Camavinga, Stade Rennais: There is little-to-no shot Bayern Munich will buck up for Camavinga with clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United ready to bid on him. Contract status: Signed through 2022.
- Florian Neuhaus, Borussia Monchengladbach: It has been well-established that Bayern Munich is eyeing up a move for Neuhaus next summer. With his asking price somewhere around €42 million this summer, Bayern Munich is not financially able to make this kind of move. Contract status: Signed through 2024.
- Denis Zakaria, Borussia Monchengladbach: Zakaria could leave Gladbach this summer, but is more of a defensive option than a box-to-box or versatile midfielder. He also supposedly wants a move to the Premier League. Contract status: Signed through 2022.
- Renato Sanches, Lille: Sanches reportedly has an asking price of €35 million and there is virtually no shot that Bayern Munich is going to pay that much — again — for Sanches. The Portuguese international has also been closely linked to FC Barcelona as well. Contract status: Signed through 2023.
So...who else do you think is on the list? Tell us in the comments below.