Bayern Munich finally reached an agreement with Inter Milan last weekend for the sale of Yann Sommer. The Swiss goalkeeper has been pushing for a move before the pre-season tour as he eyes regular playing time next season. Bayern is currently exploring several options in the transfer market to replace Sommer.
According to Sport1, Bayern are interested in signing Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea. The Spanish goalkeeper is open to leaving London for Munich. Thomas Tuchel has suggested the name of Kepa to replace Sommer after working with the Spanish goalkeeper at Chelsea in the past. Die Roten will look to sign Kepa on a loan deal with an option to buy next summer.
Meanwhile, Relevo in Spain has also confirmed Bayern’s interest in Kepa. The Bavarian club will have to make a loan offer with an obligation to buy to sign the Spanish goalkeeper. Kepa is currently the first-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea, but he is open to joining Die Roten.
Sky Sports in Germany has also confirmed Bayern’s interest in Kepa. Along with Kepa, Sky is also reporting that Die Roten is interested in Ajax’s Geronimo Rulli. The Bavarian club is expected to sign a new goalkeeper sooner rather than later as the new campaign begins on Sunday with DFL Supercup clash against RB Leipzig.
Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou has also been heavily linked with a move to Die Roten. However, Sevilla is looking for a permanent transfer with a sizeable fee. Bayern has no plans to spend heavily on a number two this summer.
Thomas Tuchel is reportedly keen on adding a quality goalkeeper to the squad this summer since there is uncertainty over the fitness of Manuel Neuer. The German goalkeeper is far from returning back to action since suffering a leg injury in December 2022. Reports on Tuesday in Germany suggested that Neuer faces the risk of missing the entire first half of the next season.
Since there is uncertainty over Neuer’s fitness, Bayern should look at the big picture and get a long-term goalkeeper. Neuer will be 38 next season, so it is the right time to get his successor at the club. Kepa is a fairly inconsistent shot-stopper, and he is not exactly the best in the business while playing out from the back.
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The Bavarian club should have pushed for the signing of David Raya from Brentford. The English club wanted to sell Raya, but Die Roten came up with a loan offer. Raya would have seamlessly slotted in the goal at Bayern since he is comfortable on the ball, along with being a solid shot-stopper. Raya is expected to complete a move to Arsenal later this week. Nevertheless, Bayern should look for a much better solution for the goalkeeping conundrum than Kepa.