The decision has been made: João Palhinha and his family have been informed that a transfer to FC Bayern in January is no longer an issue. The player is very disappointed; he was convinced of a move to Munich until the end of December.
Bayern Munich sporting director Christoph Freund addressed that matter during Eric Dier’s introductory press conference.
“We looked at him last summer, but the priority now was to strengthen ourselves at the back. In addition, Aleksandar Pavlović has already filled a good role. That’s why we believe we have a good alternative internally,” Freund said (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).
The emergence of Pavlović could very well have given Bayern Munich the assurance it needed to forgo an expensive transfer during this window. With Leon Goretzka’s improved performance in the first half of the season and steady showings from Joshua Kimmich and Raphaël Guerreiro, the Bavarians have four very solid midfield options — plus the ability to use players like Dier and Jamal Musiala in the central midfield if needed.