Bayern Munich are reportedly ‘losing patience’ with Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker and have a Manchester United target lined up as an ‘alternative’.
The Bundesliga champions are prioritising the signing of a new right-back with Benjamin Pavard expected to leave in the summer.
They quickly identified Walker as a top target. The news broke after the Cityzens won the Champions League, the final trophy the England international needed to win at club level, except the Club World Cup, which is just a glorified Community Shield anyway.
Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg has been provided lots of updates on the situation and his most recent tweet about the 33-year-old said Bayern are ‘still pushing’ to sign him.
It has also been revealed that City really want to keep hold of Walker and have offered him a new contract.
And while the former Tottenham defender ponders what to do, Bayern are ‘losing patience’, according to Plettenberg (via FCB Inside).
Should the Bavarians fail to convince Walker to join, they will turn their attention to Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong, who is Thomas Tuchel’s preferred ‘alternative’.
Walker’s City contract expires next year and is 11 years older than Frimpong, who is under contract until 2025, so the latter will unsurprisingly be ‘significantly more expensive’.
Although he is more expensive, he is a more ‘sustainable’ option at the age of 22.
The report says Frimpong will cost between €40-50million (£34.2-42.8million).
The Dutch international has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United as Erik ten Hag looks to sign a long-term right-back.
Ten Hag will struggle to afford his compatriot this summer, however, as he prioritises the signing of a new goalkeeper and striker.
Over half of United’s £100m summer budget was spent on Mason Mount, with the other half expected to go on Inter shot-stopper Andre Onana.
This means Ten Hag needs to sell two or three players so he can afford a No. 9.
Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire, Fred, Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho have all been linked with an exit.
Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund is reportedly the Red Devils’ number-one target up front.