Juan Bernat has been linked with a move away from Bayern Munich, with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid reportedly showing interest.
The summer transfer window closes in a little under two weeks. Bayern Munich, who have not made any major signings this summer, are unlikely to make too many moves between now and then.
The Bavarians could, however, offload a player or two before the beginning of September. Sebastian Rudy has been heavily linked with a move to one of RB Leipzig and Schalke 04, and his move seems to only be a matter of time.
Jerome Boateng is another player whose time in Munich may be nearing an end. The veteran center-back is reportedly a big target for Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain. Since the Parisians signed Thilo Kehrer, though, a move for Boateng may no longer be on the cards.
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The French club is, however, still looking to shore up their defense, and Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis has emerged as a prime transfer target. Should the Brazilian part ways with Diego Simeone and Co., Juan Bernat stands as a potential replacement.
According to AS, Atletico are already preparing for life without Filipe Luis. Though there are a few other potential candidates, the Rojiblanco have been monitoring Bernat for some time and believe he’d fit in well at the club.
Whether or not Bayern would sell the Spaniard is another question. While they may be looking to trim down their squad, Bernat is the only true left-back replacement for David Alaba. That being said, Rafinha has often been preferred over his Spanish teammate, despite being a naturally right-sided player.
Furthermore, Bayern’s higher-ups hinted earlier this summer that Bernat could be allowed to leave if a good offer is made for him this summer. If Atletico are seriously interested in Bernat and make a good enough offer for him, Bayern would surely listen and negotiate.
Juan Bernat hasn’t ever really impressed in his four seasons in Bavaria. His form has been inconsistent at best, and though he has occasionally looked capable of challenging David Alaba for a spot in the starting lineup, he’s never posed a real threat for the Austrian.
Selling Bernat and trying to make back the fee they paid for him in 2014 would be the best move Bayern could make.