Spanish journalist Gerard Romero reports that transfer dream team Bayern Munich are considering a late move for FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, as captured by @iMiaSanMia:
Bayern are interested in Frenkie de Jong. Club officials are considering a loan with an option to buy, similar to Coutinho’s deal three years ago.
With the Bundesliga season well underway and just single-digit days left in the summer transfer window, which ends on August 31, it would be a shock on many levels. Romero seems to be plugged into all things Barca but with little else to do, we can only hazard guesses.
So let’s do that. Can this happen? And would it be wise?
Can this happen?
De Jong is 25 and exceptionally talented in midfield – not the type of player normally available this late in the game. But Barca, as we know all too well, shuffled their squad this summer and need player sales and pay cuts to justify and even save their inbound transfers. Part of that has been what appears to be a summer-long public campaign to vilify De Jong for not accepting a pay cut or departure, including even a legal threat to void his current contract.
It’s curious why Barcelona would allow this to happen to any of their players, let alone that the player apparently wanted to stay through it all. To be fair, he was also said to prefer a move to a successful club like Bayern over the one who made the offer to his club, Manchester United.
So on the player side, there is a possibility. From the position of the club? Well, they clearly tried to push him away – although manager Xavi Hernández still seems to like him and kicked him in their recent win over Real Sociedad.
And Barça is now operating against the clock. August 31 is also the deadline for Barcelona to register valuable new centre-back Joules Koundé, for whom they would need to clear 17 million euros from their books.
After that, so many financial levers that there is something to be said for balancing part of the books again. The Catalan club could well jump at the chance to get rid of their star midfielder who is bleeding for the team… which, again, is strange, but good!
Would that make sense?
Bayern’s series of injuries at the start of the season led to a sudden reshuffle on the defensive line on just matchday three of the Bundesliga. There is no real replacement for Alphonso Davies on the list – Lucas Hernández, who started against VfL Bochum, is already a normal starter at centre-back, and Paul Wanner is sixteen and an attacking midfielder . At first glance, the midfield is not the first place one would think of looking for reinforcements.
However, there are other considerations for a club with Champions League trophy ambitions – and any opportunity to upgrade the XI, particularly at a lower cost, should be taken seriously. Marcel Sabitzer held the double pivot position alongside Joshua Kimmich very well for three games, allowing Kimmich to pull the strings further up front. But that’s the same kind of thing De Jong might be able to do at an even higher level – arguably, he’s world-class and a true two-way midfielder with both attacking and defensive qualities. . par excellence. Bayern have been trying to add to that position all summer too, with their pursuit of RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer ultimately looking dead in the water.
So there’s a chance that De Jong will fit in at Bayern in the long term as well as in the present, and a chance that Barca won’t be able to demand too much of a loan fee or even a future sale clause.
On the other hand, after Sabi’s positive start to the season, it would be very difficult to oust him from the roster now. The harmony of the team is a precious asset. And with the return of box-to-box midfielder Leon Goretzka, plus 19-year-old wonderkid Ryan Gravenberch already acquired this summer as Bayern’s future central midfielder, playing time could quickly become scarce for players. currently in the locker room. who really need it.
Still, perhaps these potential problems can be categorized as “good problems to have” — as well as future ones. If Bayern can rush in now and add a high-class player they have long admired and who admires them back, the opportunity may prove too tempting to resist.