Update: May 10th 6:05AM EST
According to Sport Bild, RB Leipzig does not want to sell Konrad Laimer — especially to Bayern Munich — but will start listening to offers should anyone propose a deal worth at least €20 million. A sale almost feels inevitable to coach Domenico Tedesco:
As transfer insider Fabrizio Romano reports, Bayern are keen on midfielder Konrad Laimer (24) and should prepare an entry offer. BILD can confirm this information, but also knows that RB does not want to sell the Austrian. Internally, Leipzig coach Domenico Tedesco (36) braces himself against Laimer’s departure, which is set under him.
Since Tedesco took office in December, Laimer has only not played in the game against Freiburg (1-1), otherwise he was only absent injured. In order to not only convince in the cup and the Europa League next year, but also to be able to attack in the league, Laimer should stay. Bayern were already interested in the national player last year, but even then RB put a stop to a possible change. Nagelsmann coached Laimer from 2019 to 2021 and is a big fan of the midfield worker.
According to BILD information, the people of Leipzig would only start thinking about an offer beyond the 20 million euro limit.
With a number now being floated, it will be interesting to see if Bayern Munich works up a proposal.
It appears that where there is smoke, there is fire when it comes to the rumors linking Bayern Munich to RB Leipzig defensive midfielder Konrad Laimer.
With a central midfield group that could lose three players this summer (Corentin Tolisso, Marc Roca, Marcel Sabitzer), Bayern Munich seems to be ready to make a serious push for Laimer, who has already had success in playing under Julian Nagelsmann and is experienced in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
First, Sport Bild’s Christian Falk confirmed a report from Fabrizio Romano that Bayern Munich was preparing a bid to RB Leipzig for Laimer, whose contract set to expire in the summer of 2023:
TRUE✅ Julian Nagelsmann would like to have Konrad Laimer. Bayern is trying to fulfill his wish. But Leipzig-Boss Mintzlaff said today: RB won‘t sell Laimer this summer https://t.co/nqTXvtYMQA— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) May 8, 2022
Later, Falk detailed that Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic met with Laimer’s agent in Mallorca on Friday:
Hasan Salihamidzic met Björn Bezemer, the Agent of Konrad Laimer, on friday in Mallorca. @FCBayern is interested in the Player of RB Leipzig @BILD_Sport— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) May 8, 2022
Nagelsmann has reportedly been interested in getting another defensive-minded, ball-winner for his midfield group, but should the club be able to work out a deal for Laimer, the Austrian would be a sub behind Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.
As we saw with Marcel Sabitzer, that is not always an easy transition to make.