Bayern Munich has set its sights on former Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea as a potential addition to their squad. The German club’s interest in De Gea comes as current goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is still recovering from a severe ski injury sustained in January, and he has yet to return to full fitness.
According to reports from Sport Bild, Bayern is actively searching for a new goalkeeper since Neuer’s recovery process suffered a setback, leaving him unable to resume full training. This has created uncertainty over his availability for the start of the upcoming season.
Backup goalkeeper Yan Sommer, who deputized for Neuer during his absence, is reportedly linked with a move to Serie A side Inter Milan. Sommer is eager for regular playing time and is not willing to remain a bench warmer once Neuer returns to action.
As a result, Bayern Munich has been scouting the market for a top-quality goalkeeper, and David de Gea has emerged as a prime target. The Spanish shot-stopper departed from Manchester United in June after his contract with the English club expired.
However, Bayern is not putting all its eggs in one basket and has prepared a shortlist of potential alternatives should they fail to secure De Gea’s services. One of the alternatives is Juventus’ goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, but the Serie A club is reluctant to part ways with the Polish goalkeeper.
Another candidate on Bayern’s radar is David Raya from Brentford. However, the Championship side is demanding a hefty transfer fee of £40 million (€46.61m/$51.61m), which might make the deal complicated. Additionally, reports suggest that Bayern’s coach, Thomas Tuchel, is not entirely convinced about Raya’s suitability, as he prefers a goalkeeper with a more imposing stature.
Several other options are under consideration for the German champions, including Yassine Bounou from Sevilla, Giorgi Mamardashvili from Valencia, Robert Sanchez from Brighton, and Kamil Grabara from FC Copenhagen.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan is keen on acquiring Yan Sommer as a replacement for their recently sold goalkeeper Andre Onana, who joined Manchester United. However, Inter is not willing to meet Bayern’s asking price of €6 million (£5.15m/$6.65m) for the Swiss goalkeeper.
Despite the financial obstacles, there remains a sense of optimism for the deal to happen, as Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Inter Milan’s Sporting Director Giuseppe Marotta share a strong working relationship.
Should the transfer of Sommer to Inter materialize, Bayern Munich will be compelled to intensify their efforts to secure David de Gea, as they would only have Sven Ulreich as their fit goalkeeper for the start of the upcoming season. The situation has added urgency to Bayern’s pursuit of De Gea to bolster their goalkeeping department and ensure they have reliable options between the posts.
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