But why did Manuel Neuer go skiing to evacuate World Cup disappointment with Germany ? Julian Nagelsmann is still asking the question a month later the fracture of a leg of its goalkeeperwhose season is over. Bayern Munich will “be forced” to sign another goalkeeper this winter, said the coach of the Bundesliga leader, who is due to face Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on 14 february.
If Nagelsmann declared himself, during Bayern’s winter training camp in Doha, “impressed” by Sven Ulreich (24), the replacement for Neuer (36), he nevertheless considered that the recruitment of another guardian would be needed. “In my opinion, we have an obligation to sign another goalkeeper,” he said, “regardless of who will be number one and number two.” “We have young players who have a lot of talent but to play a game at this time of the season without ever having played professional football would be a difficult situation,” he added.
According to Nagelsmann, “the goalkeeper market [en hiver] is difficult. There is no team ready to easily let go of its holder. According to some media, the Bavarian club have their sights on the Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper, Yann Sommer (34), but the sporting director of the North Rhine-Westphalia club said that “we will not let Yann Sommer go and we have told Bayern”.
Nübel, a loan not returned?
Another possibility would be to recruit Kevin Trapp (32) from Eintracht Frankfurt, who was part of the German selection for the 2022 World Cup with Neuer. But Trapp said on Thursday he was not concerned by media reports linking him to Bayern. “I didn’t really pay attention to it. I have read it of course, but we are in the middle of the season. Alexander Nübel (26) is currently on loan for the second season in a row from the Bavarian club to Monaco and his return has already been mentioned. But the 26-year-old keeper isn’t exactly all-risk insurance.