Bayern Munich interested in Championship star midfielder

Bayern Munich have reportedly joined the list of admirers of young Championship midfielder who has excelled for Leeds United this season.
Bayern Munich are interested in Championship star midfielder Archie Gray.
Bayern Munich are interested in Championship star midfielder Archie Gray. / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

The midfield department at Bayern Munich will undergo significant changes in the summer. Signing a defensive midfielder is one of the five priorities in the transfer market for Bayern. They will hold talks with Joshua Kimmich after the European Championship to get clarity regarding his future.

Leon Goretzka has also been linked with a move away from Bayern, even though he is determined to stay in Munich. Depending on departures, Die Roten may dip into the transfer market for a box-to-box midfielder. They are showing interest in one of the most promising talents in England in case there is an opportunity to sign him this summer.

According to HITC, Bayern have shown interest in signing Leeds United’s promising midfielder Archie Gray. The Bavarian club will look to test the resolve of Leeds United in the summer for Gray after they failed to get promotion to the Premier League.

Bayern will face significant competition from the big Premier League clubs for the signature of Gray. Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Manchester City have been credited with interest in the 17-year-old midfielder.

Gray is a versatile player who can play in numerous midfield roles. He is secure on the ball in tight spaces and can play the killer pass in the final third. Along with performing well in midfield for Leeds, Gray has also delivered good performances in the right-back position.

Leeds United face a tricky situation with their finances after failing to get back in the Premier League. Gray is one of their prized assets in the current squad. However, they may have to reluctantly part ways with him in the summer to gain financial stability. It remains to be seen if Bayern’s interest will turn into a concrete bid for the English midfielder.

Bayern wanted to strengthen the midfield position last summer after selling Ryan Gravenberch to Liverpool. They tried to sign Joao Palhinha on deadline day, but the move fell through at the last minute. The emergence of Aleksandar Pavlovic during Hinrunde allowed Bayern to postpone the plans to strengthen the midfield until summer.

Die Roten have been heavily linked with Martin Zubimendi for the number six position. There is interest in Everton’s Amadou Onana for the same role. It looks certain that an experienced but relatively young (22-25 years old) defensive midfielder will join Bayern in the summer.  The signing of a player like Gray will largely depend on outgoings, so it is unlikely to materialize early in the transfer window.