Bayern Munich made a flurry of signings at the end of last summer transfer window. The approach was not desirable since almost five players missed pre-season training. Tiago Dantas arrived at the club after the transfer window closed in Germany. The Portuguese midfield may return to Benfica as soon as the season comes to an end.
According to Bild, Bayern is not keen on making Dantas’ transfer permanent. The German club reportedly has an option to sign him permanently for €7.5 million. The teenager was signed on a special request from Hansi Flick. However, the German manager is on his way out in the summer, so Tiago Dantas may have to return to Portugal to continue his development at Benfica.
For the first three months, Dantas trained with the first team but played with the reserves. Since he was not registered in time for the new season, Dantas was eligible to feature for the senior team from January.
Dantas was reportedly brought in to provide depth in the midfield after the departure of Thiago Alcantara. Both players are also stylistically similar as they are good on the ball and dribble through the press.
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After a long wait, Dantas eventually made his debut for Die Roten in February as a late substitute against FC Koln. Since he played only three minutes, Dantas hardly got any time to make an impression. Until making his debut for the senior team, Dantas played seven games for the second team.
In the game against Union Berlin at the start of April, Flick handed the first Bundesliga start to Dantas. The Portuguese midfielder largely operated in the pivot with Joshua Kimmich. He kept the ball well in that game and showed some good touches. Since the appearance against Union Berlin, Dantas has not played for reserves and first team.
Since Rekordmeister has a lot of midfield options, Tiago Dantas will find it difficult to get consistent playing time next season. He might have surely learned a lot this year after training with world-class players at Sabner Strasse. Going back to Portugal with such experience will help him to break into the first team at Benfica.
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Die Roten is going to look for a new midfielder to improve the depth in this position. Javi Martinez and David Alaba were also deployed in the midfield, but they are leaving in the summer. Meanwhile, Marc Roca could have a much bigger role next season after a challenging debut season in Bavaria.