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Bayern Munich transfer deadline day roundup and updates

Palhinha, Bella-Kotchap, Chalobah, Gravenberch...we’ve got you covered.


Bayern Munich could have done with a more boring transfer deadline day.

This year, the close of the German transfer window — six hours before that of the English Premier League’s — has brought all the drama. From Bayern’s late pursuit of a defensive midfielder to their even later pursuit of a new defender, we have you covered here and will bring updates as they come.

Importantly, while the window is closed, there might still be some wiggle room for the Bavarians to maneuver. Stay atop the breaking news right here!

Update (7:30 PM EDT)

Bayern target Armel Bella-Kotchap is getting his move away from Southampton after all. The young German defender is going out on loan to PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie, as reported by Fabrizio Romano. “No buy option included” — the youngster will get a chance to develop in the Netherlands.

At one point Bella-Kotchap looked sure to land at one of the top two German clubs. He ended up at neither, and was one of Bayern’s four failed transfer acquisitions on an incredible and frantic final day of the window.

Update (4:45 PM EDT)

Ryan Gravenberch to Liverpool is “100% closed”, per Florian Plettenberg. Official transfer announcement to come soon.

Update (2:55 PM EDT)

You win this round, Barça. Bayern is 0/2 for Joãos this window after missing out on Cancelo and Palhina. FC Barcelona, 2/2 after landing Cancelo and Félix (the latter from Atlético Madrid).

At least Bayern will always have the Champions League.

Update (2:35 PM EDT)

Bayern has confirmed the departure of another campus player, this time on a permanent transfer. This time it is 19-year-old center-back Antonio Tikvić, who arrived only last summer. The Croatian talent will join Udinese for a fee circa €650k, and will sign a 5-year-deal with the Serie A side, according to Florian Plettenberg.

Meanwhile, it looks like Nottingham Forest made a move on Chelsea FC’s Trevoh Chalobah after his Bayern move fell through, but Chalobah rejected the offer (per Fabrizio Romano).

Update (1:55 PM EDT)

Liverpool FC has already registered Ryan Gravenberch, per Sport1’s Kerry Hau. The transfer “will definitely go through.”

Update (1:50 PM EDT)

Loans round-up. Bayern is ending the window with one or two fewer outfield players than anticipated, but they have also loaned out much of their campus ranks to gain experience elsewhere.

Going official today: attacking midfielders Paul Wanner to Elversberg (2. Bundesliga) and Arijon Ibrahimović to Frosinone (Serie A).

Update (1:40 PM EDT)

It is now center-back depth watch for Bayern. The current fourth CB behind Matthijs de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano, and Kim Min-jae is campus talent Tarek Buchmann, 18. However, Buchmann has gone down with an injury in the first half of an intra-squad scrimmage:

If Bayern is lucky it will not be for very long. There is now a golden opportunity for Buchmann to assert himself in the first team this Hinrunde.

Update (1:30 PM EDT)

Catching up on some older news: Sport1’s Kerry Hau reported that multiple clubs made eleventh hour inquiries into Bayern forward Mathys Tel’s availability on loan. But the youngster will stay in Munich:

No last-minute rentals from Mathys Tel! Several clubs have asked, but he remains 100 percent with Bayern. @SPORT1

Update (12:50 PM EDT)

The Athletic’s Raphael Honigstein puts it succinctly:

Update (12:45 PM EDT)

Details emerging on Bayern’s various collapsing deals, which now appears to include Chelsea FC defender Trevoh Chalobah.

From Sky Sports journalist James Lewer:

OFFICIAL: Joao Palhinha is staying at Fulham. Deal to Bayern is OFF ❌ #FFC ⚫️⚪️

Fulham battled hard to keep the player, as he’s someone they “value highly”. That’s despite “a big bid from Bayern”.

No replacement for the Portuguese could be done in time. #FFC

The offer from Bayern if accepted would’ve been a club record sale. #FFC

From Sport1 journalist Kerry Hau, via @iMiaSanMia:

Chelsea were willing to let Trevoh Chalobah join Bayern on loan without an option to buy. Bayern were informed this afternoon. Chalobah was determined to move to Munich. However, Bayern favoured a move for Armel Bella-Kotchap instead, only to fail to get the green light in time and lose out on both players [@kerry_hau]


Roundup: Gravenberch

One deal that hasn’t collapsed is the outgoing transfer of Ryan Gravenberch to Liverpool. Despite speculation that the deal depended in some measure on Bayern’s securing of Palhinha, the Reds are still set to land the Dutchman, as confirmed by Fabrizio Romano:

Romano added: “The feeling on all parties is very clear. Ryan will play for Liverpool.”

Roundup: João-ver

Bayern’s deal for Fulham midfielder João Palhinha collapsed after the player arrived in Munich, passed all his medicals, and even took team photos with a Bayern jersey. Fulham has failed to find a replacement by the deadline in this, finally, the end of the tale?

Roundup: Chalobah and Bella-Kotchap

Benjamin Pavard’s departure to Inter Milan has so far not come with replacement.

Bayern pursued Chelsea FC defender Trevoh Chalobah for a reunion with manager Thomas Tuchel, but the sticking point — Bayern wanted a loan while Chelsea wanted a big permanent sale — proved to be an obstacle.

And so Bayern shifted gears to Southampton’s Armel Bella-Kotchap. Except later Chelsea did agree to a loan, only to be spurned by the Bavarians, who had moved on:

Except Bayern didn’t get Bella-Kotchap over the line before the deadline either.

So, no Chalobah, no Bella-Kotchap?

Roundup: Cancelo

Somehow, Bayern’s interest in João Cancelo returned.

The Manchester City fullback spent the Rückrunde on loan with the Bavarians last season but was allowed to return to his club in the summer. Apparently, Bayern did an about-face on the final day of the window and began inquiring again, but Cancelo, at this point, had been in talks with FC Barcelona and chose the Catalans instead.

Looking for more analysis? Then check out the newest episode of our newest Weekend Warm-up podcast! Chuck and INNN team up to react to the Champions League draw, the rumors about João Palhinha, the conclusion to the Ryan Gravenberch saga, Benjamin Pavard’s move to Inter Milan, and so much more! Listen below or on Spotify.

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