The last few summer transfer windows have been busy for Bayern Munich when it comes to improving the midfield department. The Bavarian club has been trying to add quality in this area to manage the workload of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.
The record Bundesliga champions are still looking to improve the midfield since recent signings have not hit the ground running. Marcel Sabitzer couldn’t emulate his form from RB Leipzig for Bayern. He is expected to leave Bayern in the summer.
Marc Roca, Mickael Cuisance, and Renato Sanches didn’t get enough game time to showcase their talent. The trio had to leave the club to get regular playing time after a disappointing spell at Bayern.
Former Bayern manager Hansi Flick wanted to add more quality to the midfield by signing a German international. While talking to Sport1 this week, Emre Can revealed that he had conversations with Flick over a return to Bavaria in 2020. The German midfielder eventually left Juventus in the same summer to join Borussia Dortmund.
"“Yes, that’s true. We spoke on the phone when I was still in Turin. In the end, it didn’t happen and I moved to Dortmund.”"
Can came through the academy at Bayern. He successfully made his debut in the senior team during the 2012-13 campaign. However, he had to leave the club soon to get regular playing time. The 29-year-old midfielder enjoyed successful tenures at Liverpool and Juventus before returning to Bundesliga by joining Dortmund.
The German international would have been a decent squad option if Flick was successfully brought him back to the club. He can play in midfield and central defense to a good effect. However, Can shows inconsistency in his performances, which stops him from becoming a great midfielder. He would have struggled to dislodge Kimmich and Goretzka from the lineup if he had moved to Bavaria.
Meanwhile, Bayern is looking to add quality in central midfield at the end of the season by signing Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig. The Austrian midfielder will join the club as a free agent once his deal with Leipzig ends in June. Despite the departure of Nagelsmann, Bayern remains keen on completing a deal for Laimer sooner rather than later.
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Bayern chiefs and fans will hope to see more of Ryan Gravenberch next season. The young Dutch midfielder has struggled to get regular playing time since arriving from Ajax in the last summer transfer window. Gravenberch will look to impress new head coach Thomas Tuchel when he returns to Sabner Strasse from the international break.