Over the past few hours, there has been a lot of noise surrounding Barcelona and their reported interest in Bayern Munich midfield mainstay Joshua Kimmich.
Reports broke earlier today claiming that the 28-year-old was unhappy in Bavaria and was looking to leave in the summer, with Barcelona being credited with serious interest in securing his services.
Furthermore, it was reported that Bayern Munich were eyeing a summer move for Declan Rice, which could potentially pave the way for Kimmich to leave the club in the summer.
However, according to a fresh update from journalist Tobi Altschaffl of BILD (via Reshad Rahman), Bayern Munich will not sell Joshua Kimmich even if they are offered a sum of €100 million for his services.
With Sergio Busquets leaving Barcelona on June 30, when his contract expires, the Blaugrana are on the lookout for a quality replacement for their exit-bound captain.
Names such as Martin Zubimendi, Sofyan Amrabat, and Ruben Neves have been doing the rounds for a while now, with Kimmich also getting added to the list.
The 28-year-old has been at Bayern Munich for almost eight years now and has established himself as one of the best central midfielders in Europe.
It was suggested that Kimmich had grown unhappy with how things had gone at Bayern this season, especially with the sacking of Julian Nagelsmann earlier this season. It was even claimed that he would be very open to joining Xavi’s project at Barcelona.
But, as things stand, Bayern have no desire to let go of their ace midfielder and wish to keep him at the club. So much so that they are prepared to turn down offers of around €100 million for the German international.
So, that could very well be it as far as Barça’s pursuit of Kimmich is concerned. However, it must be remembered that the Bavarians had presented a similar stance with Robert Lewandowski last year, but ultimately relented and sold him to the Catalans.
If there is no scope for a move for Kimmich, Barcelona could push for Amrabat while Neves continues to remain an option as well even though manager Xavi is not fully convinced by him.