Bayern Munich: West Ham join the race for Corentin Tolisso

Corentin Tolisso, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Corentin Tolisso, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Transfer activity could pick up pace for Bayern Munich in the final three weeks of the transfer window. The German Champions are likely to be opportunistic in terms of arrivals, while the departures are a must to fund new signings.

Corentin Tolisso is one of the first team players that could leave Bavaria before the end of the transfer window. The French midfielder has entered the final year of the contract, so the German club will be looking to get some sort of fee instead of losing him for nothing in a year’s time.

According to Bild, West Ham United are also interested in signing Tolisso. The London-based club is yet to make a concrete offer. However, Bild suggests that things could move quickly in the final days of the transfer window.

Previously, Juventus had made initial contact this summer to explore the signing of the French international. However, the Italian club is currently focusing on signing Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo. The Italian midfielder is the top midfield target for Juventus. It has been widely reported in Italy that Tolisso could become a serious option if the move for Locatelli falls through.

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Tolisso would most likely prefer a move to Turin over West Ham since the Italian club will be playing in the Champions League. However, West Ham is a club on the upward trajectory under David Moyes as they finished sixth in Premier League last season and qualified for the Europa League.

L’Equipe had previously confirmed this summer that Die Roten is looking to get €20 million for Tolisso. The price could decrease as the transfer window progresses, but Bild insists that German Champions are not ready to sell Tolisso under €10 million. The contract situation makes it difficult for Rekordmeister to get a big fee for the French midfielder.

Corentin Tolisso has endured a mixed career at Bayern until now. After enjoying a tremendous debut campaign, he has been unfortunate with injuries. The Frenchman has not got back to his best since the serious knee injury he suffered in 2018. Since the German club is showing no interest in contract renewal talks, Tolisso’s days in Bavaria are numbered.

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In the past few days, it has been well established in Germany that Die Roten wants to sign Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig. The Austrian midfielder will be a smart acquisition, but his arrival will be depending on the future of Corentin Tolisso. Unless Rekordmeister makes space in the squad, a deal for Sabitzer is unlikely to go through. Tolisso will be returning to first-team training this week after a bout with coronavirus in July.