Update (August 23, 11:30 p.m. ET)
Fabrizio Romano also apparently intervened, strongly backing German journalists by saying Bayern hadn’t made contact with Frenkie de Jong. As captured by @iMiaSanMia:
There are absolutely no negotiations between Bayern and Frenkie de Jong’s agents or between Bayern and Barcelona. Julian Nagelsmann is a huge fan of the player and is ‘in love’ with his qualities, but Bayern are happy with the midfielders he has.
So what is the angle of Spanish journalists covering the FC Barcelona perspective? Who knows.
Headlines made headlines yesterday over Bayern Munich’s alleged renewed interest in FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. The Bavarians reportedly tried to loan De Jong out with an option to buy, but German journalists Christian Falk (Sport Bild) and Florian Plettenberg (Sky) were quick to refute the rumours:
the renewed rumors about an interest of @FCBayern to Frenkie de Jong this summer are NOT TRUE ❌
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) August 23, 2022
According to Plettenberg, as captured by @iMiaSanMiaBayern are happy with what they have:
Frenkie de Jong will not join Bayern this window. The club are relying on Kimmich and the existing midfield staff – in particular Gravenberch, whose development the club are completely happy with and could start in the coming weeks.
(Gravenberch’s starting role would likely come midweek, with a DFB-Pokal game against Viktoria Koln on August 31. Marcel Sabitzer appears to hold the starting position alongside Joshua Kimmich in the first-choice XI.)
However, Barca reporter Gabriel Sans reported that Bayern did indeed make a concrete approach on the final day. Still as captured by @iMiaSanMia:
Over the past few hours, Bayern have once again appeared on the scene for Frenkie de Jong – trying to put a loan offer with an option to buy on the table. Manchester United aren’t giving up and will also make a bid for the Dutchman, despite having already signed Casemiro.
Manchester United have long been on Frenkie, but the Dutchman hasn’t appeared to return interest. Maybe this week’s stunning win over Liverpool will help them win Erik ten Hag’s draft, but the fact remains that the Red Devils are out of the Champions League and not the likeliest cry to return. next season – a disappointing proposition for a player of De Jong’s caliber.
Moreover, Marca journalist Luis Rojo tweeted that Barcelona were the ones who shut down the possibility of a move to Bayern, with De Jong now looking likely to stay at the La Liga club:
Barca rule out Frenkie de Jong’s move to Bayern. Further and further from leaving…
This is reported as a rejection in response to a Bayern overture, although it’s unclear from the tweet itself if Rojo is making such an accurate claim.
It sure looks like Frenkie at Bayern isn’t happening, at least not in this the window. It’s less certain whether Bayern made a real late approach or not – there’s also some noise about a late bid for RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer, so maybe there’s fire under the smoke and that the German giants are digging. If they do, it’s rightly from a position of strength given what we’ve seen on the pitch so far – ‘relaxed’, even – but of course De Jong is offering something to n’ any club.
Barca have been absent from Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva for some time but various rumors still tell them about right and left-backs to add in this crazy transfer window. how they gonna do that and saving Joules Koundé while keeping De Jong on the books – which could include being on the hook for huge sums of previously deferred payments – is one of those beautiful mysteries in our stylish universe.
Either way, it seems at least a bit telling that Bayern chiefs seem to be keeping tabs on the central midfielder’s possibilities in the declining transfer market.