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As January nears, Bayern Munich exploring all options for backline, including some from Arsenal and Manchester United — but not Chelsea

Bayern Munich is expected to be busy in January.

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According to a report from Sky Sport journalist Florian Plettenberg (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich is starting to narrow down its search for a defender to add to its roster in January:

Bayern’s main priority in January is a defender - a centre-back that preferably can also play right-back, but mainly centre-back. Trevoh Chalobah is no longer an option.

In addition, Plettenberg is reporting that Bayern Munich could rekindle its interest in versatile Arsenal FC defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, who can play as both a center-back and a right-back. However, Tomiyasu’s international duty could prove to be a hindrance:

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu was a hot topic at FC Bayern last summer. Reason for Bayern’s interest is that the Japanese can play at centre-back and right-back. A January move is quite unrealistic as Tomiyasu will be at the Asian Cup with Japan. Nevertheless, Bayern will keep monitoring the player’s situation towards a potential move next summer.

Finally, Plettenberg said that — allegedly — disgruntled Manchester United star Raphaël Varane could be an option, but his salary is a roadblock:

❗️Excl. News #Varane: Internally, FC Bayern has considered the 30 y/o. Discussions took place. Internal opinion: interesting but currently unrealistic because of his salary. It’s not a hot topic yet, but he remains under observation in the next weeks.

➡️ Bayern informed that his departure in winter is possible / #MUFC

➡️ Price valuation: €20-30m / a loan is not an option at this stage

➡️ Salary: more than £17m.


Whoever it ultimately might be, Bayern Munich appears dead set on ensuring it has better depth on the backline in January.

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