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Bayern’s new head of defense, Matthijs de Ligt, is in Munich. Bayern will be the next star after Sadio Mané for around 70 million euros. There is also bad news.

The relaxed Matthijs de Ligt descended the gangplank as FC Bayern’s appointed new defense chief disembarked at Munich Airport.

While his future teammates were in the air on their way to Washington, the arrival of the 22-year-old on Monday night came close to completing this king’s transfer. Medical examination, signing of a multi-million dollar contract for five years and departure on Tuesday: Perfect, these are the next points on the agenda for the center-back signed by Juventus Turin. The transfer is another summer coup by sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, giving Bayern the most expensive central defense in the world.

The start of the US tour with PR campaigns, several practice sessions and two friendly matches against Destination Washington was initially held without a Munich-appointed chief of defense. Already on Wednesday, de Ligt was able to wear the FCB jersey for the first time in Bayern’s first friendly during a week’s trip against DC United.

Goretzka operated on the knee

The only downside from a Bavarian point of view was that international Leon Goretzka had to undergo surgery after chronic knee problems last season. The club announced that the 27-year-old had an abnormality in his left knee and was arthroscopically removed. “The operation went as planned and was a success,” he said. They shared how long Goretzka would be away from home Bavaria no z. Sky TV previously reported that it would likely have to take a “six to eight weeks” break.

The 27-year-old will therefore not play in the Super Cup winner of the RB Leipzig Cup on July 30, and in the Bundesliga opener on August 5 at Eintracht Frankfurt. Goretzka has already on hold from December 2021 to March 2022 due to a knee injury.

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Next coup in Bayern? De Ligt is said to want to go to Munich

There are more encouraging reports in the transfer scandal – rumors of Bayern transfers are slowly but surely dissipating. After selling top scorer Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona for up to 50 million euros and extending Serge Gnabry’s contract until 2026, another mega transfer in de Ligt is set to end.

Bayern can afford the most expensive defense duo in the world

Lewandowski’s departure to FC Barcelona probably increased Munich’s financial freedom and accelerated the second-most expensive purchase in the club’s history. Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig as another access should follow soon after Bayern’s plans.

It is said that € 70 million plus ten extra bonus payouts convinced Juve when de Ligt asked for a substitution. With Lucas Hernández (EUR 80 million) signed by Atlético Madrid three years ago, de Ligt is currently the most expensive defensive duo in the world. Bayern boss Oliver Kahn described the Dutchman as “a very interesting player, also mentally.” What can a defender bring? Opening overview, composure on the ball, solid defensive work – and of course leadership quality.

The change of defender, which Chelsea is also seeking, is likely to silence criticism of Salihamidic’s transfer policy. If the 45-year-old had to come to terms with a few hums during the championship celebrations in May, his transfer record could not have been better this summer. First Noussair Mazraoui’s sporting director Ryan Gravenberch and Liverpool star Mané Munich. Then came the profitable sale of the transfer flops of Omar Richards and Marc Roc – and now the De Ligt hammer.

The sporting director’s reputation is more than polished. lit Midfield player Laimer may soon follow in his footsteps. According to Sky, the people of Leipzig received their first written offer from Munich. This is around 20 million euros. But Leipzig probably wants more.

A new chief of defense is wanted – who is to step down?

The buff was very important to the defense of the Munich team. Since David Alaba left for Real Madrid for a free transfer last year, they lack a boss in defense who also leads his neighbors loud and confident. Dayot Upamecano, signed by RB Leipzig for € 42.5 million, was too volatile in his first Bayern season. Hernandez, who also plays left-back, is not the back lane commander. It wasn’t Sule either. Right-back Benjamin Pavard is doing better in central defense, but space is getting tight there.

De Ligt could become the new leader in defense. Already at 18, he was captain of Ajax and was an indispensable part of the team from Amsterdam, which lost to Tottenham Hotspur in the 2018/19 Champions League semi-final. Mazraoui right-back was also part of this young team at the time.

Following the transfer, De Ligt Munich has overwhelmed staff in the defense center. Benjamin Pavard, Upamecano, Tanguy Nianzou, Chris Richards – that should hit one of them. Talks with world champion Pavard are already underway. In addition to extending the contract, there is also an early departure in the room. Selling Dayot Upamecano, which should only act as a central defense joker, seems possible, but not the most likely option after just a year. Of course, who he ultimately becomes depends on the offers Munich receives.

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