‘Alonso’s protégé’, a big, quick CB, is targeted by Munich

“Bayern Munich are keeping a close eye on seven players ahead of the summer transfer window,” German publication Spox reported on Sunday (June 17), citing another German publication, Bild.

With the signings of Kim Min-Jae and Harry Kane in the 2023-2024 season, Bayern Munich have world-class players in both attack and defense. Thomas Tuchel, who took over the reins midway through last season, got the two players he wanted, and with them, he hoped to win Bayern Munich’s 12th consecutive title.

It didn’t work out. Unexpected defeats handed the league title to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who were on a ‘record-breaking unbeaten run’.

They were eliminated early from the league as well as the domestic cup, the DFB-Pokal. Munich lost 0-3 to RB Leipzig in the DFL-Supercup and were eliminated in the Pokal with a 1-2 loss to third-tier club 1. FC Saarbrücken.

In the UEFA Champions League, 카지노사이트 the only trophy they were still in contention for, they lost to Real Madrid in the semifinals, confirming their absence this season.

It’s been 11 years since they’ve been in the competition.

On February 21, Munich announced on the club’s official website that “Thomas Tuchel will stay with the club until this summer. His contract runs until June 2025. However, we have mutually agreed to terminate the contract in June 2024,” the club announced.

Munich need to find a coach for next season immediately, but it’s not going to be easy. Julian Nagelsmann and Ralf Rangnick have extended their contracts with the German and Austrian national teams, respectively, and Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso has spoken to the club himself about taking the reins next season.

The club has also approached former Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes, but it hasn’t been easy. So far, local reports suggest that he will turn down the job. The lack of a coach has led to talk of Tuchel being replaced.

With nothing set in stone for next season, the Bavarians are looking to narrow down their list of targets to seven and monitor them. After finishing the season unbeaten, the Bavarians are expected to be aggressive in the transfer market.

According to reports,

The seven players they’re targeting are Jonatan Tah (Leverkusen, center back), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Frankie de Jong (Barcelona), Chris Fürich (Stuttgart), Asan Wedraogo (Schalke 04), Amadou Onana (Everton), and Xavi Simons (Leipzig). All of these players are of high quality and show that Munich will continue to invest aggressively in the transfer market.

Of the defenders, Ta and Theo are the only two who could be potential competition for Kim Min-jae, with Ta at center back.

Ta is a defender the same age as Kim, and has led Bayer 04 Leverkusen to an unprecedented 50-match unbeaten streak this season.

Tae uses his 6-foot-2 frame to dominate possession and is quick on his feet despite his size to defend one-on-one with attackers. He has a top speed of 35.81 km/h. He”s one of the fastest center backs in the Bundesliga.

It”s not just about speed. Tah is also very good at intercepting passes through clever positioning. He also has the ability to make accurate medium to long-range passes and build up from the back.

Tah is a favorite of coach Xabi Alonso.

Having played exclusively for Leverkusen since the 2015-2016 season, Tah has been part of Leverkusen’s unbeaten run, appearing in 33 of their 34 league games last season and 27 this season.

Munich’s interest in Tah has been reported on several occasions. Germany’s Sky Sports reported last month that “Munich are keen on signing Tah, according to our sources. The Bavarians have been impressed with his performances this season. He can play in both the third and fourth positions. He is also one of the fastest defenders in the Bundesliga.”

It seems that the player and the club have already held talks. “We have already spoken to the player’s side. Nothing has been agreed. Nevertheless, it is true that Munich have taken the opportunity to sign Tah. The player is also considering other options and is ready to take the next step this summer.”

However, Leverkusen and Tah have not yet spoken. Sky Sports reported that “Leverkusen do not want to let go of Tah, 파워볼실시간 who has been in top form. There are no plans to sell him. Leverkusen have been no negotiations between the clubs. There is no set price or buyout clause. His contract runs until 2025. Leverkusen would like to extend his contract.”

This is not good news for Kim, who is looking for new competition next season.

After leading SSC Napoli to their first league title in 33 years in the 2022-2023 season, Kim moved to Munich. During his time at Napoli, Kim was officially recognized for his performances by being named the best defender of the Serie A season.

Just one season later, he moved to Germany’s “top dog,” Bayern Munich, where he was such an established first-team defender that he didn’t have to worry about competition for a starting spot for the first half of the season.

After cruising early in the season, Munich faltered as the season wore on. Tuchel’s Munich lost the league title to Leverkusen before the season was over. After 12 consecutive seasons of winning the league title, the Bavarians couldn’t keep up with Leverkusen and went from bad to worse. Kim Min-jae, who had been a regular starter until December of last year, was relegated to the bench in favor of Eric Dier, who joined Munich from Tottenham in January.

Even when he was given the occasional starting spot, he showed signs of exhaustion. Mistakes were popping up that were rarely seen from him, and his habit of playing aggressive defense with his feet was becoming toxic.

In the first leg of the Champions League semifinals against Real Madrid, he made two crucial mistakes that cost them a 2-2 draw in a game they could have won. The Bavarians then lost the second leg 1-2 and failed to advance to the final.

Munich coach Tuchel caused quite a stir when he criticized Kim’s mistakes in a public interview.

However, Tuchel also expressed his sympathies for Kim. “Unfortunately, there were times when he made mistakes, like in the first leg against Real Madrid, but he is an incredibly reliable player,” he said.

“Kim played almost every game until the Asian Cup and I didn’t think he needed a break,” Tuchel said. “Despite some difficult situations that every soccer player goes through in his career, I see his behavior and character as very positive.”

“I’m happy he’s moved to Bayern Munich and I think we’re lucky to have a player with the best mentality,” he added.

Whether Tuchel stays or a new manager arrives, 온라인카지노사이트 if Munich sign Tah in the unclear future, competition for the starting role next season is inevitable.

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