Per Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg on his “Meine Bayern Woche” podcast (via Sport.de), Bayern Munich is considering the option(s) of potentially bringing in either Matthias Ginter or Antonio Rüdiger in the event that Niklas Sule does not sign a contract extension with the club.
Sule’s current contract at Bayern expires next June and he’s yet to be offered a new contract despite being a regular feature alongside Dayot Upamecano under Julian Nagelsmann so far this season.
Sule had been linked with a potential move away from Bayern this summer. Chelsea, in particular, expressed keen interest in signing him, but those rumors quickly fizzled with their signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. Similar to Sule, Ginter’s contract with Borussia Monchengladbach expires next June as does Rudiger’s with Chelsea, so both of them could be viable options for Bayern if a new deal for Sule isn’t agreed upon beforehand.
Ginter, along with Gladbach’s Jonas Hofmann, had been linked with Bayern towards the end of the transfer window, but sporting director Max Eberl made it clear that both players would be staying put for now. Still, though, Ginter has not been offered a new deal with Die Fohlen yet and his future is uncertain. He recently told kicker that he “has not yet heard anything from the club,” but he assumes “that there will be an exchange in the next few weeks.” For Rudiger at Chelsea, a new contract is expected, but the situation there does remain “completely open,” per Sport1 information. With an aging Thiago Silva, and Andreas Christensen’s contract also set to expire next summer, Thomas Tuchel has a lot to consider at the heart of his defense.
For Sule, Sport Bild had reported earlier this week that indications from within Bayern suggest the club is prepared to let him walk on a free transfer next summer. However, like with Rudiger’s situation at Chelsea, things are completely open, especially with how well Sule has started the season as one of the main starters alongside Upamecano. Now that Lucas Hernandez is back fit and available for selection for Nagelsmann, it remains to be seen how much more of a run Sule will get as a starting center back, but that will certainly makes his fortunes less favorable.