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Yann Sommer to replace Manuel Neuer? The possible transfer from three perspectives



Yan Summers

Yann Sommer is still the preferred candidate when looking for a replacement for the injured Manuel Neuer, but poker between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach is difficult. What would a possible summer deal mean? The summer cause from three perspectives.

After 45 almost idle minutes in the friendly against Arminia Bielefeld, Yann Sommer gave up his place in goal. It was his first appearance in a Gladbach jersey since speculation about a move to Bayern Munich following Manuel Neuer’s injury during the winter break picked up speed.

And as of now, it wasn’t summer’s last assignment for Borussia. Because the poker around summer is difficult, a deal is not off the table despite the public word of power from Gladbach’s sports director Roland Virkus.

But what would the potential transfer mean for Bayern, Gladbach and Sommer themselves? SPOX illuminates the three perspectives.

Yann Sommer to FC Bayern? Gladbach plays poker

Virkus had actually publicly put a stop to a summer move to Bayern. “We will not give up Yann Sommer. We also informed Bayern about that,” said Virkus Rheinische Post. But this word of power then crumbled more and more and could have been part of poker.

the picture reported that the cancellation did not sound so final in a subsequent phone call between the two clubs. In the end it’s all a question of the fee for the Swiss, whose contract in Gladbach expires at the end of the season. A recent report by picture according to the foals could be weak from a sum of six million euros, provided that a successor can be financed with it.

The problem: For Gladbach’s preferred candidate Jonas Omlin, his club HSC Montpellier is asking for a fee of eight million euros. Gladbach is said to have originally asked for eight to ten million euros for the summer. But the dreams of this lavish rain of money are unlikely to come true for Bayern, the record champions’ pain threshold is said to be 4.5 million euros. An approach in the higher single-digit million range would still be a good deal for the foals, especially since Sommer’s contract only runs until the end of the season.

In purely sporting terms, Sommer’s departure would tear a large gap in Gladbach’s team. The Swiss has been between the posts for the foals for eight years. And from Gladbach’s point of view, there should have been more years. Borussia would have liked to extend the contract. According to View the 34-year-old should have had a new offer with a term until 2026 for a long time.

In 21-year-old Jan Olschowsky, who made his Bundesliga debut in the first half of the season, the foals also have a potential summer heir in their own stable. However, the fact that the Gladbachers are so closely linking a possible change to Bayern with their own search for a new keeper in summer poker also shows that they run the risk of only starting the rest of the season with the inexperienced Olschowsky and veteran Tobias Sippel (34). to go, but is too big.

Yann Sommer as a new replacement? Bavaria’s balancing act

From Bayern’s point of view, Sommer fits the profile of a (short-term) substitute for Neuer. He knows the Bundesliga very well, has played 335 competitive games for the foals since moving from FC Basel to Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2014, and has also gained experience in the Champions League (34 games).

Especially in the upcoming knockout round against Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern should hope for Sommer’s quick reactions on the line. He also has football skills, his passing rate in the Bundesliga is currently 81 percent, but he can’t quite match Neuer’s 87 percent.

At 34, Sommer is not necessarily a man for the long-term future, but Munich are said to want to endow the Swiss with a contract until 2025. Neuer, who turns 37 on March 27, is currently tied until 2024.

But at the moment it is not yet possible to assess in what condition Neuer will return after breaking his lower leg and whether he can still reach the world-class level of earlier days – even if he is known as a fighter. According to table football Neuer is said to have drawn up a detailed rehabilitation plan with the physios – with the clear goal of celebrating his comeback for the 2023/24 season. As number one, of course.

From Bayern’s point of view, the search for a short-term replacement is also a tightrope walk with a view to the complicated keeper constellation in the near future. Either way, the cards could be reshuffled after this season, after all the loan from Alexander Nübel will end, whose premature return from Monaco was also discussed as an option until the end.

With summer, the roles should be clearly distributed for the moment. As a new replacement, he would initially go into the rest of the season as the new number one at Bayern, in which all three competitions should be about titles for as long as possible from the Munich team’s point of view.

So far, in the event of a Neuer failure, Sven Ulreich was asked, also this season. The 34-year-old last represented Neuer in seven competitive games after his shoulder injury in the fall. Even before the World Cup, his contract, which expired at the end of the season, was extended until 2024 – a vote of confidence on the part of the Munich team, which has now been softened again by interest in Sommer.

“I trust Ulle, I’ve already emphasized that,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann confirmed again at the end of the training camp in Doha – but also pushed afterwards: “In general, we still have a duty to get another goalkeeper. Regardless of whether he’s number one or number two.” The youngsters Johannes Schenk (19) and Tom Ritzy Hülsmann (18), who was present at the training camp, are currently not candidates for higher tasks.

How Bayern line up in the goalkeeper position for the new season is still a thing of the future and also depends on various factors. As of now, Nübel is returning from his loan from Monaco in the summer. But in the course of the early return campaign discussed, Nübel made it clear that perspective is important to him. In any case, it is out of the question for Nübel to only sit on the bench as number two at Bayern.

In Yann Sommer there would be additional competition for the place in the Bayern goal. In any case, Lothar Matthäus assumes that Sommer is aware of his role. “Bayern have a great keeper, who also doesn’t make a fuss in the summer when Neuer returns. It seems to me to be a very good transfer for all parties,” Matthäus recently wrote in his sky-Column.

Yann Sommer to FC Bayern? Later career jump not without risk

Measured against his height, Yann Sommer is the small solution. For Bayern, however, this was apparently not a knock-out criterion when looking for a replacement for Neuer. “Does every goalkeeper have to be 1.90 meters tall? At 1.83, Yann Sommer is not the tallest. And you can compensate for that as a goalkeeper with excellent jumping ability,” said Bayern boss Oliver Kahn at the start of the season sky-Documentation.

The Swiss regularly surpasses himself in goal – most recently when his Gladbachers played in Munich, when Sommer set a Bundesliga record with 19 shots saved. This record is unlikely to fall in the Bayern jersey, after all, the defense of the record champions in the Bundesliga is not usually under constant fire.

Nevertheless, with the possible step to Munich, Sommer has the chance of a late career jump. At Bayern, Sommer, who was four times Swiss champion and two cup winners with FC Basel, would have the prospect of expanding his trophy collection a bit. But to do that, he would have to prove himself at the highest level. But the attraction and the motivation are obviously high, internally summer should be loud sky already submitted his change request at the beginning of the year, when the rumors about a Bayern interest became more concrete.

Sommer’s abilities are undisputed and have already aroused desires elsewhere. Last year, Manchester United vied intensely for the services of the Swiss goalkeeper. However, Sommer decided to stay in Gladbach – also in order not to jeopardize his regular place in the Swiss national team so shortly before the World Cup in Qatar.

With regard to the EM 2024, the competition with BVB keeper Gregor Kobel for number one in the Nati box could increase even further. Sommer could now score points with Bayern with a strong half-year, but if Neuer is fit again at the start of the season, Sommer would probably only be on the bench, which could endanger his status in the national team.

Another change could also be an issue for summer after half a year in Munich. the View has already suggested Manchester United’s interest could reignite as David de Gea’s whereabouts remain a question mark. Then there could be another fee for Bayern – but that is only an issue for the coming summer.

Profile of Yann Sommer
Birthday: December 17, 1988
Place of birth: morning
Nationality: Switzerland
Size: 1.83 meters
Position: goalkeeper
Strong foot: to the right
Societies: FC Concordia Basel, FC Basel, FC Vaduz, Grasshopper Club Zurich, Borussia Mönchengladbach