Bayern Munich: Schalke and Hamburg want to sign Lukas Mai

Bayern Munich defender Lukas Mai had successful loan spell at Darmstadt. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich defender Lukas Mai had successful loan spell at Darmstadt. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich earned very little success from loan spells for younger players last season. The majority of them struggled to get playing time. Lukas Mai was the only player that could enjoy considerable playing time during his loan spell at Darmstadt.

Mai returns to Munich a much-improved player after featuring 29 times for Darmstadt in the second division of German football last season. Since he is highly rated at the club, Mai is unlikely to leave the club permanently this summer. However, he is likely to go out on loan again to get consistent game time.

According to Kicker (via Goal), Schalke and Hamburger SV are interested in signing Mai. Schalke will be working to get immediate promotion back to Bundesliga after a torrid campaign that ended at the bottom of the table. Meanwhile, Hamburger SV finished fourth in the second division.

Die Roten parted ways with three center-backs at the end of the season. Jerome Boateng and David Alaba left the club after the end of their contracts. Javi Martinez is also leaving the club as a free agent. Despite the departure of three defenders, Rekordmeister is very well stacked in central defense.

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Lucas Hernandez will be playing regularly in the heart of defense from next season. Meanwhile, Dayot Upamecano will arrive at the club from RB Leipzig. After a difficult debut season, Nianzou Kouassi will be an option in the heart of the defense, while Benjamin Pavard can also fill in this position.

In such a scenario, Lukas Mai is unlikely to get playing time in Munich. Another loan move would be better for the young German defender. Rekordmeister will be hoping that Bundesliga clubs will also come calling for him after his impressive spell at Darmstadt. Playing in the first division will help Mai to take the next step in his development.

A decision regarding Mai’s loan spell is unlikely to be taken anytime soon. He has been called up for Germany’s U21 squad for Euros. After the tournament, Die Roten will make the decision that will benefit the player like it did last season.

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Meanwhile, Rekordmeister has confirmed the arrival of Omar Richards. The 23-year-old defender arrives on a free transfer from Reading FC. Richards will provide competition to Alphonso Davies in the left-back position. Die Roten is reportedly keen on adding a right-back to the squad in the summer since there are doubts over the long-term future of Bouna Sarr.