Munich (dpa) – Hansi Flick played the unsuspecting. “Who, who, who? Who should that be?” Asked the Bayern coach when asked about the Spaniard Marc Roca, who will strengthen the Munich midfield in the future. Then Flick grinned mischievously.
According to consistent media reports – also from Spain – the 23-year-old is moving from Espanyol Barcelona to the German record champions. He should cost nine million euros in transfer and receive a five-year contract with Bayern. Only the medical check is still pending.
“I can’t say anything, confirm anything, and refute anything, zero point, because I’m not focusing on transfers, but tomorrow’s game against Hertha BSC,” said coach Flick. The Munich team will receive the Berlin team on Sunday (6 p.m. / Sky) at the end of the third Bundesliga match day.
In view of the changeover period ending on Monday and a few gaps in the Bayern squad, however, a focus on Säbener Straße is currently clearly on the transfer market. Roca could strengthen the team where there was a gap due to the departure of Thiago.
With Espanyol, the U21 European champion still has a contract until 2022. FC Bayern are said to have been interested last year, but at that time Barcelona allegedly demanded 40 million euros. Roca would be the fourth newcomer after goalkeeper Alexander Nübel (23), defender Tanguy Nianzou (18) and striker Leroy Sané (24).
Bayern are also said to be interested in signing Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea. “Basically, I don’t know what happens. But he is one of the greatest talents in this position,” said Flick of the 19-year-old attacking player. “That is why it is legitimate that we at Bayern Munich also deal with him.” According to the media, a loan deal is being considered.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard then said after the 4-0 league against Crystal Palace, in which Hudson-Odoi was in the starting line-up, that he could not predict what would happen until Monday. But he continues to plan with the teenager and wants to keep him in London.
The Hertha game shows that the Munich Champions League champion still needs newcomers. Because in addition to national player Sané also Kingsley Coman could be absent, Flick are hardly any options on the offensive flanks. The 24-year-old Frenchman complains of muscular problems and had to stop training on Friday, according to Flick. “We have to see how it all goes,” said Flick. “It’s not that ideal, it’s going to be very, very tight.”
Flick once again underlined his wish for reinforcements for the team, which besides Thiago also lost Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho. Javi Martinez could still leave. Substitute keeper Sven Ulreich moves to Hamburger SV, which Flick “regrets”, as he reported. “It is often more difficult to confirm things,” said the coach about the successful past season. “But that’s what we’re working on and that’s why we need a good squad.”
After all, David Alaba in defense and Leon Goretzka are fit for midfield again after the two did not play in the Supercup against BVB (3: 2). After the 1: 4 in Hoffenheim, Munich want to start a winning streak again. The unexpected mistake in Kraichgau was “checked off”, reported Flick. At the same time he warned of the Berliners: “We know that Hertha has an enormous quality.”