Bayern Munich are expected to be in the transfer market this summer in search of a midfielder to play in a deep-lying role.
Bayern Munich endured a relatively rough campaign in 2020/21 wherein they were able to win just the Bundesliga. The Bavarian giants entered the season as treble winners, but were knocked out prematurely from not just the Champions League, but the DFB Pokal as well. Next year, they will definitely look to turn a corner in all three competitions.
One of the main reasons why they struggled was their lack of squad depth. A busy run of fixtures, coupled by an unusually late ending to the 2019/20 season meant that several players were on the treatment table at once. Bayern Munich are keen on addressing the issue ahead of next season, according to Diario AS.
Julian Nagelsmann is likely to have an experienced addition to his roster, in the shape of Sergio Busquets. The Barcelona midfielder’s wages are proving too much for the club to pay, who are looking to either reach an agreement to reduce the expense or part ways with the Spaniard. Bayern, who recently allowed Javi Martinez to leave, are keen on him.
The 32-year-old is still a brilliant player and reads the game extremely well, making him one of the best in his positions. Joshua Kimmich has had to play as the defensive midfielder more often than not and has seen his attacking flare stay limited due to that. Marc Roca meanwhile has struggled to fit in, leaving the manager with effectively no other choice.
Sergio Busquets would be a terrific addition to the squad mainly because of his reading of the game and exceptional work on the ball. He has plied these attributes at Barcelona to good avail and Bayern, who play a similar style of football and play in an arguably simpler league too, would be the ideal destination for the player.
In order to get rid of their financial troubles, which involve a very lofty wage bill, Barcelona are open to the idea of parting company with Busquets for free. The club wants to reduce its average squad age as well, and the recent promotions of Ilaix Moriba, Oscar Mingueza and Ronald Araujo is perhaps a step in that direction.
Bayern Munich will get their hands on a really experienced player, who is also a great leader on the pitch. Busquets being signed for free is a great deal, especially because it will also allow Kimmich to play in a more advanced role. However, the player may prioritize on spending his entire career at Barcelona and the possibility of staying at a reduced wage is not entirely ruled out.
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