Bayern Munich: Does a move for Jonas Hofmann makes sense?

Jonas Hofmann is attracting interest from Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Jonas Hofmann is attracting interest from Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich is set to endure busy final days in the transfer window as they look to bolster Julian Nagelsmann’s squad. Right-back, midfielder, and winger are three positions that Rekordmeister is looking to improve in the remaining summer transfer window.

On Tuesday, multiple German media outlets, including Sky Sports, reported that Bayern is interested in signing Jonas Hofmann from Borussia Monchengladbach. The 29-year-old German international is attracting interest from various clubs in Europe before the deadline day.

Hofmann will provide tactical flexibility to Nagelsmann

With Benjamin Pavard on the sidelines due to injury, Nagelsmann has been using Josip Stanisic as the right-back in the initial stages of the season. Hofmann will provide much more experience in this position going ahead. The 29-year-old can provide depth in wide areas and also operate as a wing-back if Nagelsmann decides to deploy a three-man defense.

Hofmann provides a good threat in the final third with a good knack for scoring and creating chances for his teammates (55 goals and assists in 156 appearances for Gladbach). The German winger can act as the fourth winger or a wing-back in Nagelsmann’s system, adding more quality and depth in two key areas in the squad. (Stats courtesy: Transfermarkt)

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Bayern should look for much younger option

Sky Sports in Germany does insist that Gladbach wants close to 20 million for Hofmann. For such type of transfer fee and overall squad planning, Die Roten will be better served by signing a young player. The pandemic has already made a devastating impact on the finances of the club, so spending a significant outlay on a player that turned 29 last month might not be a wise idea.

For the winger role, investing a lesser fee on someone like Amine Adli would be a better idea for Die Roten. The young French winger has been heavily linked with a move to Bavaria in the past couple of weeks. The transfer fee for him is almost half of what Galdbach wants for Hofmann, and he will have a resale value too.

Moreover, Stanisic has looked fairly good in the right-back role in the first three competitive games of the season. He also delivered promising performances during the pre-season. Sticking with him until January and reassessing the situation in the winter transfer window will be a more appropriate approach in this position.

There are no doubts about the quality of Hofmann. He has shone for Gladbach in the Bundesliga during the last five seasons, but there are more than enough reasons for Die Roten to not pursue a deal for him this summer.