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Transfer rumblings: A kinder, gentler Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich? Maybe thanks to Aleksandar Pavlović

Is Thomas Tuchel feeling good about Bayern Munich’s depth?

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According to journalists Raphael Honigstein of The Athletic (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel might have lose at least a bit of that chip that was on his shoulder.

Anonymous sources at the club indicate that Tuchel has become “more pleasant” of late:

Club sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, say working with Thomas Tuchel has become a lot more pleasant in recent weeks. They say the coach has struck a much happier figure than at the beginning of the season and appears far less impatient about transfer window additions.

One reason for the change in attitude and demeanor for Tuchel could be the emergence of midfielder Aleksandar Pavlović, which has given Tuchel more confidence in the squad’s depth, while also pleasing the club’s bosses, who like the coach’s willingness to give young players a chance:

Aleksandar Pavlović’s emergence, which has pleased the board and demonstrated the coach’s willingness to promote youth players, makes it likelier that Bayern will look at a defensive midfielder on loan this month, if at all.

One area that Tuchel — and the club — still want to see improved is the backline depth. With Kim Min-jae off to international duty, Noussair Mazraoui injured and likely to eventually play for Morocco if cleared, there is a need for a versatile, dependable player on the roster. A move for FC Barcelona’s Ronald Araújo is almost certainly not happening:

Bayern have no choice but to strengthen the defense this month. Their well-documented preference is Ronald Araújo, who can play both centre-back and right-back, but a big transfer fee and Barcelona’s reluctance to sell might force them to look elsewhere. Tuchel and Christoph Freund have recently hinted at bringing in two or three specialists to provide depth if Bayern cannot find one high-class addition able to address multiple positions. The shortness of time will make even this lesser preferred option hard to pull off.

Off we go...the January window is here.


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