The ongoing poor performances from Bayern Munich make the upcoming summer transfer window crucial for Thomas Tuchel. The German coach has struggled to make the desired impact after becoming the head coach at the end of March. Bayern is in real danger of missing out on all three major trophies this season.
Tuchel is expected to hold a meeting with Bayern chiefs in six weeks to discuss potential transfer targets for the summer. Signing a new number nine is on the club’s agenda after seeing the team’s struggles in front of the goal throughout the season. Apart from a striker, Tuchel reportedly wants a new addition in the center of the park.
According to AZ (viaiMiaSanMia), Tuchel wants a midfielder that is defensively solid and a ball-playing midfielder that can support Joshua Kimmich in the midfield. It remains to be seen if Bayern will look to sign a new midfielder since they have already wrapped up a deal for Konrad Laimer.
Previously, one report in Germany suggested that Tuchel is not pleased with the midfield pairing of Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. The former has done a very good job for Bayern consistently this season, but Goretzka has been inconsistent and not exactly adventurous on the ball while going forward.
Apart from Kimmich and Goretzka, Tuchel currently has Ryan Gravenberch as the midfield option in the squad. Several attacking and defensive players can also slot in midfield, but they are not long-term solutions for Bayern.
Gravenberch has struggled for playing time under Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann this season. The Dutch midfielder has been heavily linked with Premier League clubs, while Liverpool has already held talks with his father about a potential transfer in the summer. Bayern remains adamant that Gravenberch remains part of their long-term plans.
Laimer will provide cover for Kimmich, but he is not exactly a ball-playing midfielder. Marcel Sabitzer will become an option for Tuchel next season when he returns from the loan spell at Manchester United. However, the Bavarian club is open to parting ways with the 28-year-old midfielder.
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Bayern may have to part ways with Gravenberch to sign another midfielder in the summer. The Dutch midfielder will look to force a move if he is not getting game-time assurances for the next season. The potential arrival of Laimer and one more midfielder will push Gravenberch further toward the exit. Moreover, the financial outlay from Gravenberch’s exit will be crucial for Die Roten in their pursuit of a midfielder.