It has been a whirlwind January for Yann Sommer. The Swiss goalkeeper started the month with Borussia Monchengladbach with the hope of joining Bayern Munich. The Bavarian club wanted to sign a new goalkeeper after Manuel Neuer was ruled out for the season due to a broken leg.
At one time, talks between Gladbach and Bayern broke down. Die Roten was still in dialogue with Monaco to explore the chance of recalling Alexander Nubel from a loan spell. The former Schalke goalkeeper was unsure about leaving France, and Monaco was also not keen on parting ways with Nubel in January.
Eventually, Bayern negotiated a fee with Gladbach to get Sommer. The deal was swiftly completed one day before the first game of 2023. He ended up signing a contract until 2025 with Bayern after the two clubs reached an agreement over the transfer fee. Sommer took part in one training session and started in the goal against RB Leipzig on January 20.
It has not been an ideal start for Sommer in the goal at Bayern. He is yet to get his first clean sheet in the Bavarian colours. However, the Swiss goalkeeper is excited about the challenges ahead of him as a Bayern player. While talking to Blick (via 90 min), Sommer was grateful for his time at Gladbach, but he is very excited about the new challenge in his career.
“I had a great situation in Gladbach. But moving to Bayern is now a new challenge in my career. I am glad that I can take on this challenge.”
Sommer has been one of the finest goalkeepers in the Bundesliga over the last decade. He has delivered quality performances against Bayern on numerous occasions. It was not surprising to see Die Roten consider Yann Sommer as a viable solution to their goalkeeping problems after Neuer suffered a serious injury.
The Swiss international is expected to start the majority of games for Die Roten during the second half of the season. He will eventually compete with Neuer for the number one spot from next season, depending on how the recovery of the German goalkeeper goes through.
The move to Bayern will also allow Sommer to test himself against the best players in the Champions League. His first assignment as a Bayern player in Europe will be a tricky one. The record Bundesliga champions will travel to Paris on February 14 for the first leg of the Round of 16 against PSG.
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Sommer will be looking to get his first clean sheet on Wednesday when Bayern travels away to Mainz in the round of 16 of DFB Pokal. After dropping points in three consecutive league games in 2023, Die Roten must deliver a convincing performance and result against Mainz.