FC Bayern will make changes in midfield for next season. The question is only with whom. Maybe a world star will move from France to Munich?
FC Bayern Munich would like to strengthen their midfield position next summer. That is clear. Also because players like Corentin Tolisso, whose contract expires after the season, could leave the club.
Sports journalist Mirko di Natale from “Tutto Juve” from Italy has now brought a world star into play as a candidate: Paul Pogba. According to the report, Munich should actually try to get the French. The central midfielder is currently under contract with Manchester United in the Premier League, but his contract expires this summer.
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So Pogba would be available on a free transfer. And it has been known for a long time that he is not happy in Manchester. An interview with “Le Figaro” recently confirmed this impression once again. He talked about missing titles that now need to be overtaken – no matter which club.
It also fits into the picture that Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn recently met adviser Mino Raiola in Monaco. At first, everyone assumed that it was about Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. But Pogba is also being advised by Raiola.
It is unclear whether there is truth in the rumors of a possible move to Munich. One thing is for sure though: any club in the world could use a top player like the 29-year-old Pogba. Or not? At least that leads to the question:
Should Bayern try to sign Paul Pogba?
Yes, Pogba can become the best player in the Bundesliga
Goretzka has so far missed 20 games this season, Kimmich 8 – and each time FC Bayern had to settle for an emergency solution in the central midfield. Whether it was called Roca, Tolisso, Sabitzer or Musiala.
That’s not how it can continue. Although 19-year-old Grevenberch comes from Ajax, he is just a talent. Bavaria urgently needs top-level reinforcements here.
How lucky is it that Paul Pogba, a world-class midfielder, is available on a free transfer. Bayern, of course, have to stretch their salary to the ceiling, but in return they get endless quality. Pogba is experienced, two-footed, tall. A world champion, leader and ingenious game designer in his prime (29).
Above all, the Frenchman is extremely hungry for the title. He will now do what was not possible with Manchester United: winning championships, trophies and especially the Champions League. At Bayern, he is absolutely right.
Pogba can become the best midfielder in the Bundesliga, take jersey sales to a new level at the same time and create huge respect from the opponents in the Europa Cup just by being there. An ingenious transfer.
Again: Five years ago Manchester paid 105 million, his market value is still 55 million – and FC Bayern can now get him for free. He’s just going to hit it.
No, Pogba can cause problems
Bayern Munich do not need Paul Pogba because there is a better option. And her name is Ryan Gravenberch. The style of play for the 19-year-old from Ajax Amsterdam is even similar to that of the French, except that Gravenberch, who is still on contract with Ajax until 2023, is still young and probably would earn significantly less at the record champions than Pogba. But the most important thing: When it comes to football, he is by no means inferior to the French world champion.
And besides, it makes more sense for FC Bayern to get another young player in the central position. Because with Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Jamal Musiala, Marc Roca and currently Marcel Sabitzer and Corentin Tolisso, you are basically well staffed in the center. This means: The new player must also be able to accept when he is not playing, but just sitting on the substitutes’ bench. It is certainly possible with a young, inquisitive Gravenberch in the early years, with a world star like Pogba it is difficult – and can create problems on the team.
In addition, Pogba has been extremely vulnerable in recent years. He has missed 67 games in the last three seasons. That’s too much – and should at least give Bayern bosses something to think about.
Who is right?
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