After several weeks of speculation, Bayern Munich have finally added a new right-back to the squad. The Bavarian club completed the signing of Sacha Boey from Galatasaray on Sunday. The French right-back has signed a deal with Bayern until 2029.
Boey becomes Bayern's record transfer in a winter window. Galatasaray confirmed in a statement that Boey joined Die Roten for a fee worth €30 million. Rekordmeister will also pay €5 million in bonuses, and Galatasaray will also have a percentage of future sale. The Turkish club will play two friendlies with Bayern as part of this deal.
The record Bundesliga champions are telling German media that the fee for Boey is less than what Galatasaray have confirmed. Nevertheless, he remains the most expensive transfer for Bayern midway through the season. Boey completed the medical in Munich on Saturday and completed the rest of the formalities over the weekend to seal the transfer.
Boey was linked with Bayern at the start of the winter transfer window. Galatasaray wanted a permanent deal. With Die Roten exploring loan deals at the start of the winter transfer window, Boey was not a priority target at that time. The Bavarian club explored moves for Nordi Mukiele and Kieran Trippier, but they couldn't find breakthroughs in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United, respectively.
After Bayern's second bid for Trippier was rejected by Newcastle last week, there was a genuine possibility that a new right-back would not arrive in Munich by the end of January. However, a serious injury for Konrad Laimer against Union Berlin on Wednesday forced Die Roten to accelerate a move for Boey.
With Laimer ruled out for six weeks and Noussair Mazraoui away with Morocco at AFCON, Bayern needed a right-back. They swiftly completed negotiations with Galatasaray this week to get Boey in Munich by Saturday. The French defender is expected to make his debut against Borussia Monchengladbach next weekend.
Boey has been in very good form for Galatasaray this season. The 23-year-old full-back is defensively solid but needs to improve his game in the final third. He does have the tools to become a quality right-back, so this is a much more promising transfer deal for Bayern than Trippier and Mukiele.
Bayern will now have two good right-backs competing for a place in the starting XI. Laimer can play in his preferred midfield position when he returns to action in March.