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Yann Sommer’s transfer bluff to Gladbach should have been called

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It is now clear that Bayern Munich has paid Borussia Mönchengladbach at least €8 million to acquire Yann Sommer, who is desired goalkeeper replacement for Manuel Neuer by sports director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidi.

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Gladbach allegedly used extreme pressure to get Bayern to increase their initial offer by more than twice. It’s a cave-in that I think was erroneous.

At least when he has faced Bayern in the past, Sommer has been a fantastic Bundesliga goalkeeper. However, his contract was about to expire this June, and in their desperation, Bayern got taken advantage of.

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Gladbach had a good reason to hold out since they would have to replace their starting goalkeeper in the middle of the season, and the 29-year-old Jonas Omlin of Montpelier was under contract there until 2024. They would have preferred Bayern to pay the whole cost of their new contract, and that is what they received.

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What did Yann of Bayern Munich say?

Sommer’s agreement was set to be in June. They were set to lose him for nothing, either to Bayern or to one of the Premier League teams, like Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur, to which he had previously been connected. In the summer transfer window, Gladbach would have needed a goalkeeper, and they would have had to pay Omlin’s whole price out of pocket.

By this point, Julian Nagelsmann and the club have finished their winter training camp in Doha, and the Winterpause’s lone friendly, a nail-biting 4-4 tie with RB Salzburg, has also come to a close. Bayern will have limited time to absorb anyone they sign (even if Nagelsmann suggests otherwise).

Sommer, a seasoned Bundesliga player who speaks German, was of course ideal in that regard. Now, let’s be honest. The Rekordmeister lead their closest serious rivals, RB Leipzig, by six points (sorry, SC Freiburg). That’s still a significant deficit, but Sven Ulreich is capable of bridging it.

The ability of other clubs to maintain their level of play will determine if. Bayern has any real challenge for the championship. In the Bundesliga, only Borussia Dortmund has amassed more than 70 points.

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