Before the home game on Monday (8:30 p.m.) against Arminia Bielefeld, the series champion announced an important success on the transfer market in between. FC Bayern snatch defensive boss Dayot Upamecano from national rival RB Leipzig.
The 22-year-old Frenchman is expected to succeed the two-time triple winner David Alaba, whose farewell in the summer has been sealed for a long time.
The defender signed on Säbener Strasse for five years. “We are happy that we were able to win Dayot Upamecano for FC Bayern Munich. Dayot will be a very important building block for our team in the coming years, of that we are convinced,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic.
RB Leipzig regretted the departure of the French. “During his time here, Dayot has made an outstanding development, which is exemplary of our way of finding young talent and continuously bringing them to a top level. It was well known that Dayot Upamecano’s contract contained a release clause. Dayot has us but signals very fairly and promptly that he would like to look for a new challenge this summer. “
FC Bayern sends a signal to the competition
The large transfer is a multiple signal, especially in Corona times. Bayern not only weaken an ambitious league competitor. In the international transfer market, they also outperformed competitors such as Liverpool and Chelsea FC with German coaches Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel in the battle for a central defender, who all experts believe has world-class potential.
The publication burst in the middle of the Leipzig 2-1 on Friday evening against FC Augsburg – and caught the Saxons cold.
The ambitious RB coach Julian Nagelsmann said about the competition for top international players: “We’re not on the top European shelf like Bayern or Real Madrid.” Sports director Markus Krösche noted that one no longer sat in the “driver’s seat”.
Bayern, on the other hand, are firmly in the driver’s seat – not just nationally. Just recently, the designated chairman of the board, Oliver Kahn, said on “Sky”: “Bayern are number one for many players at the moment.” Upamecano apparently sees it that way too. And even if, according to Kahn, “the fat years” are over for the time being because of the corona losses, the Bundesliga Croesus can handle the fat transfer.
Upamecano as an important piece of the puzzle in the Bayern defense
Upamecano receives a five-year contract in Munich. In addition to the fixed fee, the salary and commissions easily add up to 100 million euros. Upamecano is a necessary new piece of the puzzle in Bavaria’s defense. In addition to Alaba (28), Jérôme Boateng could also leave the record champions in the summer.
The 32-year-old’s contract is expiring. Negotiations are also necessary with national player Niklas Süle, whose contract expires in 2022. “When it comes to the defense, I’m not worried,” said Kahn. He believes that the 80 million euro world champion Lucas Hernández will play a more important role in the future: “Lucas is a leader in terms of his whole personality.”
The present is extremely challenging for him and his current squad. “It happens in quick succession. It goes on and on, that’s our job, that’s our business,” said the 55-year-old after winning the final at the Club World Cup. He granted his stars two days off without training, who immediately found their way back into everyday life in the league against Bielefeld and not only had to master a sharp change in temperature.
A good week before the first leg of the first leg in the Champions League at Lazio Rom, Flick is plagued by personnel concerns. Serge Gnabry returned from Qatar with a torn hamstring. After his positive corona test, Thomas Müller had to be transported back to Munich in an ambulance machine and is also unable to attend for the time being. After all, Leon Goretzka and Javi Martínez could be options again after their Corona quarantine, especially with a view to the premier class.
The most important phase of the season is coming soon,” said striker Robert Lewandowski: “We know that we are on top, but we want to stay there. That is the greatest challenge for us.”