Bayern Munich begin concrete talks for PSG star

Bayern Munich have reportedly started concrete talks to sign PSG star to improve their attacking options for next season.
Bayern Munich begin concrete talks for PSG star Xavi Simons.
Bayern Munich begin concrete talks for PSG star Xavi Simons. / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Bayern Munich took a significant step in strengthening the attack for next season on Friday as they agreed personal terms with Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise. The French winger has opted to join Bayern over Chelsea and Newcastle United.

Olise is not the only attacking signing Bayern are pursuing at this moment. According to Sky Sports in Germany, Bayern have started concrete negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain for Xavi Simons. The Dutch playmaker is Die Roten’s top transfer target to strengthen the attack.

As per Sky, Bayern are negotiating a loan deal with an obligation to buy for €60-70 million. PSG are not interested in a permanent deal for Simons this summer since PSV Eindhoven will get a big chunk of the fee due to a sell-on clause. The French club will be open for a permanent departure next summer when the sell-on clause expires for the Dutch club.

RB Leipzig are also interested in signing Simons on loan from PSG. The Dutch international enjoyed a productive loan spell at Leipzig last season. He had 19 goal contributions for Leipzig in 32 Bundesliga appearances.

Bayern will face significant competition from other clubs if PSG are open to a loan deal this summer. The Dutch international will have a decision to make after the Euros. Die Roten and Max Eberl will try to have a deal in place with PSG by the time Simons returns from the European Championship. A complete agreement over the deal may need some time due to the involvement of several parties in the transfer.

The Bavarian club will have to find buyers for Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry if they want to seal deals for Olise and Simons. Olise will cost €70 million due to a release clause in his contract at Crystal Palace. Simons may cost a small loan fee, but Die Roten will have to make space for him in the squad by parting ways with a senior wide player.

The pursuit of Olise and Simons suggests Bayern will not sign a striker this summer. It was widely reported that they will look to replace Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting with a number nine. However, the arrival of Olise and Simons will allow Mathys Tel to be the backup for Harry Kane.