Bayern Munich holding talks to sign Marcel Sabitzer

Bayern Munich is reportedly in advanced negotiations for RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for NIKE)
Bayern Munich is reportedly in advanced negotiations for RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for NIKE) /

Bayern Munich is looking to add a midfielder in the remaining few weeks of the transfer window. The German Champions want to add more quality and depth in this position, after David Alaba and Javi Martinez left the club. Both players were able to cover in the midfield despite largely playing in central defense during the last few years.

Earlier in August, the German media reported that Bayern Munich is interested in signing Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig. The Austrian midfielder has only one year left on his contract, so his transfer fee is unlikely to be excessive.

AZ in Germany reported this week that Die Roten is already in advance negotiations with Sabitzer. However, the completion of this transfer will depend on what happens with Corentin Tolisso in this window. The Frenchman also has one year left on the contract, and Die Roten is eager to cash in for him.

In the build-up of the first Bundesliga game of the season, Hasan Salihamidzic refused to comment about the negotiations regarding Sabitzer while talking to TZ. Leipzig has also not confirmed negotiations with first-team coach Jesse Marsch consistently insisting that Sabitzer remains a key player for the club.

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Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka are top-quality midfielders, but they will need rest at some point this season. In such a scenario, having quality depth in the midfield is crucial. Marc Roca will also play a big role this season once he recovers from the injury that he suffered during pre-season training.

Sabitzer ticks all boxes for Die Roten in terms of the midfield signing they want to make this summer. Nagelsmann has worked with Sabitzer in the last two years. The Austrian midfielder will take very little time to adapt in Bavaria, and his versatility in the center of the park will be an asset for the team. The deal to bring Sabitzer has all the traits of a clever sporting and economic transfer in the current climate.

However, the situation with outgoings will have a big say on Sabitzer’s arrival. Die Roten wants to make space in the squad before adding more players. The German Champions may have to look for a right-back after Benjamin Pavard was ruled out for weeks due to injury in training last week.

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Meanwhile, Nagelsmann is still looking for their first win as Die Roten manager. The defending champions had a lukewarm start to the Bundesliga campaign as they were held for a 1-1 draw by Borussia Monchengladbach at Borussia Park on Friday. The performance improved as the game went on, but Yann Sommer made sure that the visitors don’t score more than one goal. Nagelsmann will be hoping to break the duck next week against Borussia Dortmund in DFL Supercup.