Hansi Flick is reluctant to have her wings clipped.
Although FC Bayern has high quality staff on the wing with Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and newcomer Leroy Sané, there is a lack of breadth.
“We need options!”, Therefore warned Flick in the Sports picture on. “Right now we have one or the other player who can play several positions. On the wings, however, you have players who are very challenged: sprints, one-on-one duels. We need change options, a large selection.”
In Corona times, Bayern bosses are careful to minimize expenses. However, since one or the other farewell (Thiago, Javi Martínez) is up for discussion, Flick’s wish for a fourth winger player could be granted in the end.
But which wingers are currently on the market, and who could help Bayern? SPORT1 shows a selection of the possible Bayern candidates.
LEON BAILEY (Bayer Leverkusen)
The 23-year-old, who was stuck in Jamaica for three weeks after a party with Corona-infected Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt, is looking for a new challenge. “The club has told their stepfather that he can leave for a certain amount,” his new agent Aidy Ward revealed on August 7th SPORT1.
For Bayern, the nimble left foot would be almost a luxury solution, which would be reflected in the transfer fee. Leverkusen are demanding around 40 million euros for the left wing, but unlike the 31-year-old Ivan Perisic, Bailey would be a player for the future.
However, Munich would have to compete with some Premier League clubs, most recently there were rumors about Tottenham.
MILOT RASHICA (Werder Bremen)
The 24-year-old Kosovar is also on the market – albeit not at a bargain price. If Werder had been relegated, his fee would have been only 15 million euros. Due to the corona, however, the Bremer are forced to let Rashica go for around 20 million euros – at least that is according to the Werder portal Deichstube the pain threshold.
Rashica, who failed to exhaust his true potential in the middle of Bremen’s relegation battle last season, can be used as a hanging tip as well as on both wings.
NICOLAS GONZALEZ (VfB Stuttgart)
The Argentine announced his departure from VfB a few months ago – but a serious injury intervened. Gonzalez is out of action for at least four weeks because of a torn muscle.
With his 14 goals in 27 games in the 2nd Bundesliga, the 22-year-old had previously shown himself from his best side and aroused covetousness among well-known clubs.
Because Gonzalez should be fit again by November at the latest, Bayern could definitely have him on the list for the vacant place on the wing.
MARCO RICHTER (FC Augsburg)
When Richter became vice-European champion with the German U21 juniors in summer 2019, the Augsburg winger played himself in the foreground. He finished the tournament in Italy with three goals and two assists.
A few days ago, 1. FC Köln seemed on the verge of luring judges to the Rhine, but the billy goats had to get out of the poker game on the home stretch. The Augsburg manager Stefan Reuter insisted on their transfer demands of over ten million euros, Cologne could have paid a maximum of seven million euros.
As an alternative for the right wing, Richter would be worth considering for FC Bayern, after all, the club trained him in his youth for eight years.
SAMU CHUKWEUZE (FC Villarreal)
A year ago there were rumors that FC Bayern should be interested in the 21-year-old right winger.
With three goals and five assists in 37 league games, Chekwueze could not quite match the performance of his debut season last season.
In addition, Villarreal should not let the Nigerian, who still has a contract until 2023, go for less than 30 million euros. Under the current conditions, this will probably be too much for the German record champions.
MEMPHIS DEPAY (Olympique Lyon)
With the Dutch winger, Bayern would access the upper shelf – but the costs for the 26-year-old would be correspondingly high. In addition to 30 million transfer fees, the club could not cut back on the salary.
The hottest candidate for a Depay transfer seemed to be FC Barcelona for a long time – but as the new Barca coach Ronald Koeman revealed on Tuesday, the Catalans can only afford the right winger after they have sold players themselves.
For Bayern the opportunity could have come to intervene with Depay – even if you had to generate transfer fees yourself on Säbener Straße.
CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (FC Chelsea)
In winter 2019 he was THE topic at Bayern: Callum Hudson-Odoi, winger from Chelsea and publicly declared player of choice for Hasan Salihamidzic.
But the Bosnian, who was still active as a sports director at the time, gambled himself away, Chelsea was pissed off by public advertising and remained tough. In September 2019, Hudson-Odoi finally extended his contract until the summer of 2024.
Close the door for the people of Munich – one would think. But now a new opportunity could suddenly arise.
Like the English portal 90min.com reported last Saturday that the Blues want to lend Hudson-Odoi, as things could get tight for the home-grown player after the transfers of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in terms of playing time.
For Bayern, however, the question arises as to whether they are actually considering a loan without a purchase option – especially since they would train a player for an international competitor. So an option to buy might be a condition for a possible deal.