It was revealed yesterday that Barcelona are attentive to the situation around the Bayern Munich board, after the Bundesliga giants fired CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, even after the club stole the league title at the last minute.
Now, Fabrizio Romano has offered some context to the situation. The Italian journalist points out that the previous Bayern Munich board were very clear on not allowing Joshua Kimmich to leave the club. He was considered an ‘untouchable’ figure within the Bayern camp.
This came in the midst of rumours linking Kimmich to a move to Barcelona. The German international has indeed emerged as one of Xavi’s top targets as he looks to replace the outgoing Sergio Busquets at the end of the season.
Barcelona, though, were always going to have a hard time signing Kimmich. They did not have a good experience dealing with the Kahn-Salihamidzic duo, who had no intention of offloading the former Stuttgart starlet.
However, Romano points out that the new Bayern Munich must confirm the same stance on Kimmich. It is very unlikely that the new leadership would change the stance on the player as the previous board, as the German is indeed considered the face of their project.
Barcelona, nonetheless, remain attentive to the situation. They were able to sign Robert Lewandowski last season, but there is no reason why they can do a similar feat this time around – this time with Kimmich.
However, there are certain obstacles that might be too difficult to bypass, such as the player still having two years left on his contract. Not to mention, he has shown no desire to leave Allianz Arena, as Lewandowski did last summer.
Barcelona, therefore, will most likely have to shift their attention to other alternatives in the market, in their bid to find a replacement for Busquets.