In the past few years, Bayern Munich have been very clever when it comes to signing wide players. They signed Kingsley Coman on a shrewd loan deal before making it permanent after his impressive performances. Serge Gnabry was also signed for a reasonable fee from Werder Bremen, while they moved swiftly to sign Mathys Tel from Rennes in 2022.
The Bavarian club has also moved quickly to strengthen the wide position for next season by signing Bryan Zaragoza from Granada. The Spanish winger completed a move to Die Roten last week, but he will be staying at Granada until the end of the season.
Zaragoza has been in fine form for Granada in the past couple of seasons. His impressive performances at the club level have led to a call-up for the Spanish national team. The 22-year-old winger was at Sabner Strasse last week to put the final touches to his move.
While visiting to Munich, Zaragoza also sat down with Bild to speak about his move to Bayern. The Spanish winger admitted that he specifically requested Die Roten to keep him at Granada until the end of the season as he wants to help the club stay in La Liga.
""During the talks with the people in charge, I explained that I wanted the move but wanted to stay in Granada until the end of the season - because this is the club I love and I want to ensure that they stay in the league before I leave. They said that I was a very grateful guy, that it was very good and that they would support me in my plans.""- Bryan Zaragoza
Zaragoza has been in fine form for Granada this season, scoring six goals and providing two assists in 15 La Liga games. Granada are currently in the relegation zone at the halfway point of the season. Zaragoza will have to maintain his good form to give Granada a fighting chance of staying in the La Liga.
The Spaniard will hope to keep Granada in the La Liga for next season. By doing so, he will also boost his chances of being in the Spanish squad for next summer’s Euros in Germany. A place in the Spanish team for Euros will round off an incredible season for Zaragoza.
The Spanish winger’s arrival at Bayern will certainly increase the competition in wide areas. Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman are currently the first-choice wingers for Thomas Tuchel. Gnabry’s future at Die Roten could be plunged into uncertainty if his performances don’t pick up in the second half of the season. The arrival of Zaragoza may bring curtains on Gnabry’s time in Bavaria.
Apart from completing the formalities for Zaragoza’s transfer, Bayern are actively looking to strengthen their defense in January. They are currently pursuing a move for PSG’s Nordi Mukiele, while Spurs defender Eric Dier is also on the radar. Tuchel is hopeful about signing two players during the winter transfer window.