clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Report: Bayern Munich’s pursuit of FC Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo interfered with squad planning

Major distraction?

FC Bayern München v FC Barcelona: Group C - UEFA Champions League Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

Bayern Munich went after FC Barcelona defensive stalwart Ronald Araújo in the January transfer window in a move that many saw impossible to materialize. Reportedly, in their apparent infatuation with the 24-year-old Uruguayan, their squad planning went down the drain:

Bayern were too focused on Ronald Araújo for January, who was the absolute priority target to cover both centre-back and right-back positions. That’s why the alternatives were explored hastily and in a rush and it took time to start working concretely on them.

– Sport Bild’s Christian Falk as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia

This could be a case of the Rekordmeister going after the wrong players and doing so at the wrong time. Another example is Radu Drăgușin who, before Bayern made a late bid for the Romanian, had already agreed terms with Tottenham Hotspur. The Bavarians eventually landed Eric Dier from Spurs and signed him on a six-month deal with an option to extend to 2025.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bavarian Football Works Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Bayern Munich news from Bavarian Football Works