Munich (dpa) – Hansi Flick didn’t feel like talking about transfers or rumors of change shortly before kick-off.
“It’s just too much. Everyone is only talking about transfers,” said the Bayern coach on Sky TV before the Bundesliga game against Hertha BSC. “I’m not interested in that at the moment,” stressed Flick, slightly annoyed. Shortly before, while the Munich stars were warming up, the club had announced the signing of Spaniard Marc Roca – the fourth newcomer in this changeover period.
“I’m really happy when it’s over,” said Flick with a view to the final spurt of the transfer. Because a few hours before the end of the transition period there were still a few items on Bayern’s transfer to-do list that could cause a hectic pace for the German record champions: Flick wanted reinforcements on the offensive and, above all, a backup on the right side of defense themselves. The Munich trophy collectors want to remain the best team in Europe “and that’s why we need a good squad,” the coach had previously demanded.
The 23-year-old Roca comes from Espanyol Barcelona and is planned for the defensive midfield, where Thiago, who has migrated to Liverpool FC, is missing. The U21 European champion receives a contract until June 30, 2025, allegedly costs nine million euros. According to “Kicker” there is also an agreement with right-back Bouna Sarr from Olympique Marseille. In addition, there was speculation about a commitment of the clubless Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who played for Paris Saint-Germain for the past two years. Recently there were also rumors of an interest in Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric.
The Bundesliga teams must be ready by Monday evening at 6 p.m. The Munich squad is surprisingly thin – including Javi Martinez, who is willing to change, and newcomer Roca, Bayern had 20 field players on Sunday evening. This should be spiced up again in a final transfer offensive in order to have enough resources for the XXL calendar with three competitions and stricter corona rules. Fixed before Roca Königstransfer Leroy Sané (24), goalkeeper Alexander Nübel (23) and defensive talent Tanguy Nianzou (18).
Martínez sat on the bench against Hertha. He assumes that Martinez “will still be in our squad after the international break,” said Flick on Sunday evening about possible departures. Substitute goalkeeper Sven Ulreich (Hamburger SV) is no longer there.
Bayern tried to get Roca, who is now on the second attempt, last year. And the Spaniard is not the only player to whom sports director Hasan Salihamidzic has presented more than once. A second popular young star kicks off in London.
Although Bayern were interested in Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea at the beginning of 2019, but flashed off with their public advances at the time, the interest has not died. On the contrary. “He is one of the greatest talents in this position,” enthused Flick about the 19-year-old attacking player and said: “That is why it is legitimate that we at Bayern Munich also deal with him.”
The damper from the island followed promptly. According to British media, Chelsea turned down an offer from Bayern for a loan deal with a subsequent purchase option of around 77 million euros. It was said that Chelsea expected a new offer by Monday. Blues coach Frank Lampard also got involved in transfer poker and said he was planning with the teenager. In London, Hudson-Odoi is threatened with the substitute bench because of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz’s obligations.
At Bayern, however, it was already evident at the beginning of the season how fragile the squad is next to the right-wing defense – where world champion Benjamin Pavard has no desired backup – especially in the offensive wing area. National player Leroy Sané, who missed the previous season because of a torn cruciate ligament, is injured. Kingsley Coman, who repeatedly had to take forced breaks in his career, is ailing. The proven replacement Ivan Perisic was not signed after his loan from Inter Milan.
The last-minute campaigns in Munich outshone the activities of the other clubs, especially since the championship competitors in Dortmund and Leipzig did not expect any late change coups. Bayer Leverkusen still want to get rid of players, there was no replacement for Havertz after his departure. Werder Bremen threatens to lose the two top performers Davy Klaassen and Milot Rashica.
At Hertha BSC, the transfer of Jeff Reine-Adélaïde from Lyon could be finalized. World champion maker Mario Götze is also an issue in Berlin; but could even be brought after Monday without a club.