After a difficult start to the Bundesliga season, Bayern Munich are reportedly set to strengthen their squad this winter. World Cup winner Lucas Hernández is rumoured to be joining the club, with Bayern set to trigger the Frenchman’s €80 million release clause. Hernández will join the reigning Bundesliga champions on January 1st.
Bayern Munich Set to Sign Lucas Hernández
Youth and Versatility
At just 22, Lucas Hernández has already established himself as a star for club and country. Capable of playing both centre-back and left-back, Hernández starred for France as Les Bleus won the World Cup last summer. Leaving a European heavyweight for a European giant, Hernández is set to play a key role at Bayern. Providing youth and versatility, Hernández should fit in well with his new Bayern teammates. Along with Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba, Bayern have three members of their future back four already within their ranks.
If rumours are true, the club is also closing in on signing fellow World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard; another young, versatile player rumoured to be making the move to the German giants. As the squad ages, Bayern will attempt to get younger in the transfer market. Signing players like Hernández and potentially Pavard are the first steps towards the old Bayern becoming the new Bayern.
A Big Loss for Atletico
A young, versatile, World Cup winner, Hernández isn’t the type of player any team would want to lose. A move nobody saw coming, this is a great bit of business by Bayern. However, the loss of Hernández puts his former club in a tricky situation. Replacing a player as young and as talented as Hernández isn’t easy. Fellow defenders Diego Godin, Jose Gimenez and Felipe Luis are all rumoured to be leaving the club next summer. Atletico would do well to avoid a domino effect, after losing Hernández to a European rival.
Bayern’s Recovery Continues
Currently third in the table, Bayern will look to take full advantage of the winter break. Securing Hernández’s signature is a great start but the main focus during the break should be health. A squad plagued by injuries to begin the season, Bayern will use January to reintroduce those who have been out injured. The club is expecting Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez and Serge Gnabry back at some point after the new year. Once these players return, Bayern will be at full strength.
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