The winter transfer window was expected to be a quiet one for Bayern Munich, but the events of last week may force their hand. Manuel Neuer broke his leg on Friday, which has brought an end to his season. The Bavarian club is weighing up their options to temporarily fill the void of Neuer during Ruckrunde.
The first option for Bayern is to bring Alexander Nubel from Monaco. The young German goalkeeper is currently on loan from Bayern at the French club. Nubel is also reportedly open to cutting short his loan spell, but he wants assurances from the coaching staff and club about consistent playing time even when Neuer returns from injury.
The latest update from Germany suggests that Bayern is yet to make contact with Monaco to bring an end to Nubel’s time at Monaco. The French club will like to keep hold of him since he has performed well for them in the last 18 months.
Apart from Nubel, Kicker is reporting that Bayern is weighing up a short-term move for Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas. The Costa Rican goalkeeper is currently the second-choice goalkeeper at the French club behind Gianluigi Donnarumma. However, it remains to be seen if PSG will sanction a move to Bayern just before their round of 16 clash in the Champions League.
Navas will be a terrific short-term option for Die Roten. The 35-year-old goalkeeper has previously excelled at Real Madrid and can still do a fine job at the top level. Die Roten could do with his experience in the Champions League since he has won numerous titles during his time in Madrid.
It remains to be seen if Keylor Navas will be open to a short-term deal. At this stage of his career, he will be looking for a slightly bigger gig than a six-month contract. The ideal solution could be a loan deal for all parties since it will suit all parties. Navas will get to play regularly in the second half of the season, while Die Roten gets a solid goalkeeper for the next six months.
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If Bayern doesn’t find a solution for a goalkeeper in the market, they will have to rely on Sven Ulreich during Ruckrunde. He has previously done a good job deputising Neuer, so Die Roten will have a solid option if they don’t find a solution in the market to beef up the goalkeeping department. Die Roten will look to find a definite solution before the end of the year to make sure the squad is settled when they return to training after the winter break.