After the appointments of Jan Christian-Dreesen and Christoph Freund in the past five months, Bayern Munich are looking to bring in another person at the board level who will look after sporting matters at the club. Max Eberl is the clear favourite for this role after he was sacked by RB Leipzig last week.
Uli Hoeness has been eager to bring Eberl for a long time. Eberl was first linked with a move to Bayern in 2017, but Hasan Salihamidzic won the race for the sporting director position. After Salihamidzic’s departure at the end of last season, Eberl was back in contention to become the sporting director.
Eberl decided to stay at RB Leipzig until the end of the summer. Meanwhile, Bayern agreed a deal with Christoph Freund to fill the vacant sporting director position from September 1. The position of board member of sport is still vacant since Salihamidzic was promoted to this position along with managing the duties of sporting director.
It is quite clear that Eberl and Bayern want to work together. To make this deal happen, Sport1 (via iMiaSanMia) is reporting that Bayern will have to pay a compensation fee under €5 million to RB Leipzig. Even though Leipzig sacked Eberl, they did not terminate his contract, just like Die Roten had done with Julian Nagelsmann.
Sky Sports in Germany has given an insight into where Eberl will slot at Bayern. The former German defender will be working under CEO Dreesen, while Christoph Freund and Marco Neppe will be working under Eberl.
Sky also reports that Max Eberl and Freund appreciate each other, and both are looking forward to working together in Munich. The Bavarian club will have to conclude negotiations with RB Leipzig to have everything ready for Eberl’s announcement during the next annual general meeting. Max Eberl could potentially start working at Bayern in December.
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Freund, Neppe, and Thomas Tuchel have already started working on plans for the winter transfer window. The Bavarian club is expected to be busy in January after missing out on two signings during the deadline day in the summer. Fulham’s Joao Palhinha remains a target, while another versatile defender is likely to join in the winter transfer window.
Tuchel and Freund have confirmed reports suggesting Jerome Boateng could return to the club on a free transfer. The former German defender is currently training with the first team at Sabner Strasse. Bayern will soon decide if they want to sign Boateng to add more depth in central defense for the rest of the season.