Bayern Munich has been linked with multiple right-backs in the last couple of days. The German Champions have been looking at all three right-backs at FC Barcelona- Sergino Dest, Sergi Roberto, and Emerson Royal. The latest murmurs suggest Die Roten is working on the deal for Roberto.
According to Spox, Die Roten has made contact through intermediaries to explore the signing of Roberto from Barcelona on a loan deal. The German club retains an interest in Dest and Emerson, but they have made more effort in exploring a deal for Roberto.
The Spanish club is struggling to trim the wage bill this summer, so Roberto could be allowed to leave on loan as long as his wages are completely recovered. Bayern Munich has done dry loans previously to address key positions with Douglas Costa from Juventus was the last deal done by the club last summer.
Roberto will provide flexibility in the squad
Roberto has been playing consistently in the right-back over the years, but he came through as a midfielder from the academy. The Spaniard can still slot in the central midfield, giving Die Roten much-needed flexibility with different systems.
The German Champions have been linked with a midfielder this summer after the departure of Javi Martinez. Moreover, Corentin Tolisso is also one of five players that Rekordmeister wants to cash in this summer. The German club still has good options in the midfield to rotate, but Roberto will give them more depth and experience in this position.
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Move for Roberto will not dent the transfer budget
As long as it is a loan move for Roberto, the overall transfer makes a lot of sense for Rekordmeister from a financial point of view. The Spanish midfielder will be on decent wages, but Die Roten can use Barcelona’s desperation to trim the squad to get Roberto on a minimal loan fee.
Bayern had managed to negotiate a good deal with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho two years ago. Die Roten can leverage this good relation to get Roberto for a decent fee. The German Champions are not going to spend heavily this summer after suffering losses worth €150 million in the last 18 months.
Roberto’s form has dipped in the last few seasons. However, he is a smart player that can play in any position for the team. A change of scenery could be ideal for him to get back to his best. Coutinho enjoyed a very good year at Barcelona in 2019/20, so there are more pros and cons to complete a similar deal for Roberto.
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After the end of the campaign, Die Roten can evaluate options for right-back and midfield. Roberto can be the stopgap solution for next season. Julian Nagelsmann had recently admitted that he likes multi-dimensional players in the squad, so he would definitely welcome this short-term signing.