Today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo has offered a fresh update on Barcelona’s pursuit of Joshua Kimmich.
The cover story of the tabloid claims Barça will convey their intention to sign the Bayern Munich star, as they consider his reinforcement a priority ahead of the new season.
The Catalans are indeed in the market for a new defensive midfielder this summer, after Sergio Busquets announced his desire to leave the club at the end of the season. Coach Xavi Hernandez is looking out for a ‘top quality’ option, with Kimmich among his favourites.
Earlier reports had claimed that Bayern Munich have no intention to sell Kimmich, as they consider him the face of the club’s project in the years to come.
However, MD reports that the pressure to sell the midfielder is weighing on the Bayern Munich board, as they look to sign a top-class number nine this summer.
The Bavarians have learnt their lesson, it seems, as the departure of Robert Lewandowski had put a massive hole in their attacking department last season, allowing Borussia Dortmund to almost break their hegemony in German football.
Therefore, Bayern are keen on signing a top-class number nine and in order to finance the deal, they may have to consider a sale of Kimmich.
Barcelona, though, are not close to signing the German international just yet. The player has not conveyed his desire to leave Allianz Arena. But more importantly, he could cost a fortune even if Bayern Munich end up offloading the star midfielder this summer.
Given the financial state Barcelona are in right now, funding anything over €50 million could prove to be almost impossible for the Blaugrana. Hence, the club would be better advised to look for a more reasonable alternative, as they look to replace Busquets this summer.