After the transfer window is before the transfer window. That’s why we’re taking a look ahead and see which stars could leave FC Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
First, let’s look back at FC Bayern’s January transfers:
Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
Marcel Sabitzer (Manchester United, loan)
Daley Blind (Ajax Amsterdam)
Joao Cancelo (Manchester City, loan)
Arijon Ibrahimovic (own U19)
In addition, FC Bayern is said to have already fixed the first new signing for the summer: According to consistent media reports, Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig will join Bayern in the summer. But who could go?
The Dutchman only came last summer and has signed a long-term contract until 2027 at Säbener Straße. But in the current season he has had little opportunity to show himself. Although he was used 20 times, he only started three times. All three missions were in rather unimportant games. He has never started in the Bundesliga.
Especially if Konrad Laimer joins Bayern in the summer, it should be tight for Ryan Gravenberch. Leon Goretzka is set and will duel with Laimer. Jamal Musiala can also play a row further back. A loan deal for the 20-year-old would be obvious.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
The striker debate at FCB has still not been resolved. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s contract is expiring and names like Harry Kane are constantly circulating in the rumor mill.
But FC Bayern actually wants to extend the contract with the Cameroonian – and Choupo-Moting can obviously well imagine staying with the record champions. However, the nine has not yet signed a contract extension.
Benjamin Pavard had already announced in December in an interview with the French that the Frenchman was considering a “new project” in the summer L’Equipe announced. He would like to move back into central defence, which may be difficult in the long run for the Munich team due to the immense competition.
FC Barcelona is said to be very interested. But the Catalans would also apparently plan him as a right-back. In addition, Pavard was recently allowed to play several times in central defense. However, what makes a departure very likely: Pavard’s contract expires in 2024. According to all the statements made, an extension is unlikely.
An absolute evergreen at right-back: Bouna Sarr. The Senegalese switched from Olympique Marseille to FCB in 2020, but was never able to assert himself and was a candidate for sale again almost from day one. Due to the high salary, this did not work out again this winter. The next attempt to mediate Sarr to a new club should start in the summer.
The Portuguese signing was one of the excitement of the winter transfer deadline day. Joao Cancelo will play for Munich until the summer without a loan fee. But then the big question arises: will he return to Manchester City in the summer or will he stay?
FCB has apparently secured a purchase option of 70 million euros. However, media reports suggest that this sum is actually too high. Lucky for FCB: Cancelo could probably stay cheaper in Munich. But in Manchester the door is not closed yet. “We’ll see what happens next season,” Pep Guardiola left the Portuguese’s future open.
Especially if Cancelo stays in Munich, youngster Josip Stanisic could leave Bayern. As with Gravenberch, it could amount to a loan deal, because the youngster only extended his contract with FCB in November. With Cancelo and Noussair Mazraoui in front of him, however, the prospects are likely to be slim. With 14 appearances for almost 600 minutes of play, he will not be satisfied with the current season either.
What’s next in the Neuer saga? After his unscheduled interview about the dismissal of Toni Tapalovic, there was heavy criticism of the national goalkeeper. According to media reports, even a change of captaincy is under discussion.
The long-term contract until 2025 made it clear that Yann Sommer could stay in Munich beyond the second half of the season. Does Neuer want to face the direct duel and maybe just sit on the bench? It’s all open.
Bayern signed Daley Blind as a backup for central and left-back after it became known that Noussair Mazraoui was out for a long time and that Lucas Hernández was injured. However, the 32-year-old, who had just terminated his contract with Ajax Amsterdam, only signed for six months. The working paper at FCB expires in the summer. His 38 minutes of play so far raises doubts as to whether he would be needed after recovering from injury.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wants to keep Marcel Sabitzer on loan at Old Trafford for the long term. This is from a report by ESPN out. Shortly before the end of the winter transfer window, FC Bayern loaned the Austrian to the Red Devils for six months after Christian Eriksen was injured for several months. After the end of the loan, the 28-year-old will return to Bayern, at least as of now. According to the report, ten Hag wants to keep the midfielder in Manchester longer. Sabitzer’s contract in Munich runs until 2025, so in the summer both parties would have to sit down again at the negotiating table if United wanted to sign the 68-time Austrian international on a long-term basis.
There have been rumors of a possible move for the Frenchman in recent days. Spanish media had reported that Real Madrid could be interested in the winger – also because they didn’t get Kylian Mbappé. Accordingly, they have an offer beyond the 100 million euro limit in mind. However, it is highly questionable whether there is any truth to this rumor.
The 26-year-old has recently been promoted to leading player at Bayern Munich. “I’m on the team council sometimes, so I’m a bit important,” Coman said, laughing, at the press conference ahead of the first leg against Paris Saint-Germain. Julian Nagelsmann also recently made it clear that a sale “would make little sense from the coach’s point of view”. “King is an extremely important player for me, for the club, for us,” said the head coach, emphasizing Coman’s special role at the club.
With his meanwhile good knowledge of German, he is an important interface between the French in the team and the rest of the squad, in addition to his sporting performance. His contract runs until 2027.