After making several changes to the administration structure, Bayern Munich still have one more area to fill. The departure of Hasan Salihamidzic at the end of the season left a vacancy for director of sport at the board level. Salihamidzic had a seat at the board level after his successful tenure as sporting director of the men’s team.
Die Roten filled the sporting director vacancy with Christoph Freund, but they still need one more person who can replace Salihamidzic at the board level. Former Bayern defender Max Eberl is the favourite for this position at Bayern, but the Bavarian club may face competition to get his signature.
According to Bild, Liverpool are also interested in Eberl. The English club will have to look for a sporting director since Jorg Schmadtke’s contract at Liverpool will expire at the end of 2023. Eberl had previously held talks with Liverpool, so the interest does look genuine.
Bayern don’t have to worry about Liverpool’s interest in Eberl just yet. According to Sky Sports’ Florian Plettenberg, Eberl is determined to join Bayern. He will prefer a move to Bavaria over other options. Die Roten are yet to open talks with him, but a move for him is expected to be discussed in next month’s Annual General Meeting.
Max Eberl will not wait forever for Bayern, so Liverpool may have to play the waiting game. Uli Hoeness is reportedly eager to bring Eberl to the club. Bayern were first linked with Eberl in 2017 when they were looking for a new sporting director. Eberl’s impressive work at Borussia Monchengladbach made him a perfect candidate, but Die Roten went ahead with Hasan Salihamidzic.
Bayern were also linked with Eberl in the summer to replace Salihamidzic. However, Eberl decided to stay at RB Leipzig until the end of the summer transfer window. Die Roten also confirmed the appointment of RB Salzburg’s Christoph Freund as the new sporting director.
The dismissal of Max Eberl from RB Leipzig a few weeks ago opened the door for a move to Bayern. The Bavarian club will have to pay a fee to RB Leipzig for giving a position to Eberl at the board level. The next few weeks will give more clarity over the future of Eberl.
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Meanwhile, Freund and Thomas Tuchel are working on the transfers ahead of the winter transfer window. Eberl may not have a hands-on approach to transfers at Die Roten since the Bavarian club has big hopes for Freund. The responsibilities of Eberl, if appointed, will be clear after the annual general meeting in November.