Bayern Munich are preparing to sign one of the most versatile Barcelona players, who they may use as a back-up right-back.
With the Bundesliga set to commence in another three weeks from now, defending champions Bayern Munich are hoping to apply a few finishing touches to the squad that will look to win a tenth successive league title. Julian Nagelsmann is now keen on adding a right-back to his roster amid a lack of depth and experience in his current available options.
Benjamin Pavard and Bouna Sarr are the only two options at his disposal. While the former is a World Cup winner, he does not have a history of featuring in showdown fixtures even at the age of 25 and that has been visible in the Champions League of late. Sarr on the other hand has been disappointing in most aspects and has not proven to be a reliable back-up.
Goal has reported that Bayern Munich are now pondering over a loan deal for Barcelona star Sergi Roberto with an option to purchase him permanently. Roberto is likely to be out of Ronald Koeman’s plans at the club next season as the Dutchman already has two right-backs in his squad in Sergino Dest and the newly arrived Emerson Royal.
A loan switch for Roberto would certainly benefit both clubs and the player as well. The 29-year-old has been criticized for his performances in recent years but playing as second fiddle in a league of relatively less intensity could help him find his feet again. On the other hand, Barca would be helped in their cause of raising funds to recover from an infamous financial position.
If they manage to bring Roberto in, Bayern Munich can think of phasing out Sarr, who has not been convincing with his performances in any way. The Spaniard is everything that the Bavarians need in a right-back. He has the experience of playing at the highest level and is also more attacking-minded than their current go-to option, Pavard.
Julian Nagelsmann operates a 3-5-2 formation, which means Roberto could get more freedom to attack. Naturally a midfielder, the player’s better attributes lie in his offensive capabilities and one of the main reasons for his downfall at Barcelona has been his poor defensive position, especially while playing as a full-back in a four-man backline.
Even though the player prefers playing in a midfield role, it is practically impossible for him to outwit the options ahead of him, either at Barcelona or at Bayern Munich. At the age of 29, his priority may be to get regular minutes under his belt but his best chances of doing so are by playing in a right-back’s role. Do you think Bayern should bring him in this summer?