Kim Min-jae Munich Pushes to sign GK Amid Controversy
Bayern Munich appear to be eyeing Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea protégé to fill the void left by the injured Manuel Neuer.
German media “Sky Sports Deutschland”
Munich have been sidelined with the departure of their captain and key player Manuel Neuer due to injury during the 2023/24 season. 카지노사이트
Neuer, who was part of the German national football team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
suffered a serious injury while skiing while on vacation, fracturing his leg, which forced his season to end prematurely.
After not playing a single game in the second half of the 2022/23 season
the timing of his return is still unclear.
He did not accompany him on the Asian tour to focus on his rehabilitation, and recently underwent surgery to remove a metal screw from his right calf bone
which is expected to allow him to get fit before the opening game of the German Bundesliga in 2023/24.
However some German media outlets have speculated that Neuer has not recovered from his injury as expected and that his return will not be until the second half of the 2023/24 season.
With Neuer’s return delayed and the transfer of replacement Jan Sommer to Inter Milan
Munich are left with only Sven Ulrich as a goalkeeper to utilise, and a new goalkeeper is needed to get the job done next season.
Sky Sports Germany said:
“Munich’s search for the goalkeeper is coming to an end.
The club is now focusing on two players. Munich are targeting Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga.
According to the news, discussions have already taken place with the player’s agent,” he said, explaining that they are trying to sign Kepa.
Kepa joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 for a whopping 8000 million euros (about 1159.2020 billion won).
After the transfer
In the early days after the transfer, he did not settle down properly, with poor performances and even the controversy over his refusal to be replaced.
Pushed by Edouard Mendy, he made just seven and four league appearances in the 21/2021 and 22/7 seasons respectively.
However, Kepa has once again developed into a mainstay for Chelsea since the 4/2022 season.
In addition to his excellent build-up ability, his ability to save also comes alive, with Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter and Frank Lampard all recognising Kepa’s ability.
In the midst of this, Tuchel, who has seen Kepa’s ability at Chelsea
wants to bring him back to Munich, and there is a possibility that he could be a key player for Munich next season.
“Tuchel knows him well from his Chelsea days.
He has conceded 163 goals in 175 games for Chelsea and kept 59 clean sheets,” he said
Journalist Florian Plettenberg, who is familiar with the news in Munich, also took to his social media to say:
“Munich are negotiating a loan deal with the option to buy Kepa for him. He will replace Jan Sommer.
Munich were convinced by his qualities and character
he said, adding that Munich are definitely trying to sign Kepa.
On the other hand
if Kepa joins Munich, Kim Min-jae,
who has been heralded as a Munich defender
will also have a comfortable part of the game.
Kepa has shown on many occasions at Chelsea that he can ease defenders’ worries when defending with his stable passing ability
and he also has a stable ability to make saves, which will be of great help to Kim Min-jae when he tries to build up from the back.
It will also be interesting to see how Kepa
who is close to heading to Munich to replace Neuer and Sommer
will be able to work with Kim Min-jae after joining Munich next season.