Bayern Munich will not be able to bring back loanee Josip Stanišić in January to help shore up their defensive needs.
The versatile 23-year-old Croatian is not a major part of Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso’s plans, either, having appeared in just five Bundesliga matches to date (one start) while featuring more regularly in the Europa League.
However, Leverkusen has their own reason for retaining him and it is the same one Bayern has for wanting him back: losing players to international tournaments in January.
From Sport Bild, via @iMiaSanMia:
Josip Stanišić is another example of the AFCON complicating Bayern’s January plans. Bayern would’ve liked to terminate the loan deal in January, but Leverkusen have categorically ruled that out as the Croatian defender will be desperately needed when Kossounou and Tapsoba leave for the tournament. Internally at Bayern, there’s still astonishment at how the transfer committee agreed to loan Stanišić out to Leverkusen [@altobelli13, @cfbayern]
Imagine that, foresight in transfer planning!
It is also the same reason Bayern will likely not be able to get one of their targets, Paris Saint-Germain defender Nordi Mukiele:
Bayern are interested in Nordi Mukiele, who would fit the profile they’re looking for and is seen as an ideal solution. However, as PSG are set to lose Achraf Hakimi to the AFCON in January, they’re not prepared to let Mukiele go [@altobelli13, @cfbayern]
Bayern is set to lose three players from a squad that has only seven defenders covering four positions: Noussair Mazraoui and Bouna Sarr to AFCON, and Kim Min-jae to the Asian Cup.
It looks like the Bavarians will have limited pickings in the January transfer window as well.