As reported by Bild, there have been mixed opinions within the Bayern Munich camp regarding whether the Rekordmeister are in need of a future number six.
As previously reported, Bayern head coach Thomas Tuchel has made it clear that his desired signing for the role would be Real Madrid’s Aurélien Tchouaméni. While the club have spoken to the Frenchman’s management, no offer has yet been made as the German champions believe he would be attainable later this summer.
Edson Álvarez is another name that has sparked interest after his failed move to Borussia Dortmund, but he is not the preferred option. Instead, current Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich considers himself as the player Tuchel should refer to; commenting after the friendly against Liverpool: “I’m a six!”
However, both Tuchel and Matthijs de Ligt would disagree with the German midfielder. Tuchel would remark: “Joshua is the strategic guy who would like to do everything and could do everything in principle. He brings a lot of quality into the team, but he still doesn’t have the DNA of a defensive player six. He likes to roam freely, he tries to help everywhere and likes to be involved everywhere.”
Then when De Ligt was asked about the current situation regarding a six, he would explain to Bild: “We don’t have that now, that’s the truth. If you have a holding six, that’s nice. If you don’t have it, you have to trade with other types of players. This is good.”
Earlier on in the summer, Honorary President Uli Hoeneß would also share his opinion stating: “The question of the six does not arise for me because Konrad Laimer is a transfer that we will have a lot of fun with.” Regardless, Tuchel has made it clear that he does not consider the Austrian international as a traditional number six.
Therefore, it is clear to see that there are a variety of opinions within the Bayern camp regarding the role of Kimmich and whether Bayern need to sign a more defensive-minded midfielder. Nevertheless, Die Rekordmeister are currently prioritising the signing of Harry Kane before considering the possibility of signing a midfielder.
There is an understanding that the topic will have to be addressed due to the differing opinions at the club. However, Tuchel would explain that these differing opinions are not detrimental: “It is not necessary to always have the same opinion. It is only important that we have a good exchange and that he knows my point of view.”
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