Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich are in the market for a right-back. The club is collectively leaving no stone unturned, but there are increasing challenges to signing a new player. Other clubs are unwilling to part with useful players unless they have an immediate replacement available, which is tough to come by when so many players are away at the African Cup of Nations or AFC Asian Cup.
Bayern is currently without Noussair Mazraoui, who is playing with Morocco. Konrad Laimer has adequately filled in this season at right back, although it’s clear that he’s more comfortable in a more central role.
When pressed on the issue, Tuchel played it coy with the media
“We are looking for a right-back who is strong in duels. We’ll see if something is possible. Nous Mazraoui is at the Africa Cup, but we have also gotten used to Konrad Laimer at right-back, even though it’s not his best position. If there’s an opportunity on the market, we’ll take it. Otherwise things will stay this way,” said Tuchel (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).
The obvious answer was Josip Stanišić, who Bayern foolishly loaned out to Bayer Leverkusen late in the summer transfer window without a known replacement. Leverkusen has been insistent that they will not allow Stanišić to return to Bayern until the summer because they have the exact same depth problem as Bayern. Leverkusen was just smart enough to fix it during the summer rather than pray for a miracle in January.
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