It is an open secret that Bayern Munich are currently understaffed, particularly in midfield and defense. The Bavarians only have three players for the central areas of those group of players and the defense for a while only had Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-jae; Matthijs de Ligt was recovering from an injury. Sokratis Papasthatopoulos was touted as a possible emergency back-up, but Bayern opted not to go for him:
Sokratis Papastathopoulos was briefly discussed at Bayern as an emergency signing, but ultimately the club decided against signing the Greek free agent, who was open to a move to Munich. Bayern’s plan now is to continue with the current squad until the winter break and then strengthen defensively in January.
– BILD via @iMiaSanMia
Thomas Tuchel has his work cut out for him, having to make sure that his men can see out the rest of the calendar year without major issues.
As for Sokratis, he looks like he is headed to Real Betis:
Sokratis Papastathopoulos to Betis, here we go! Agreement reached with Greek CB available as free agent.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 25, 2023
Medical tests booked on Thursday, contract valid until June 2024.
Former #AFC accepted final proposal just waiting to get it sealed now. pic.twitter.com/Qd2x2gWP0X