Journalist shuts down Bayern links to Premier League duo

Date published: Tuesday 4th January 2022 8:12 - Jason Soutar

Reported Bayern Munich target Raphinha scores a penalty

Bayern Munich are not interested in signing Leeds winger Raphinha or Man Utd midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to reports.

Raphinha joined Leeds for a fee in the region of £17m from Rennes in October 2020 and has been one of the club’s top performers in the Premier League since then.

He has been linked with the Bundesliga champions in recent weeks following a report from TNT Sports Brasil.

However, Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg has shut these rumours down, claiming that Raphinha and Man Utd’s van de Beek are not transfer targets for Bayern.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Update Raphinha/van de Beek: Both players are definitely no topic for FC Bayern – neither in this transfer window nor in summer.’

Man Utd midfielder Donny van de Beek watches other players

Meanwhile, Van de Beek is reportedly “prepared to stay” at Old Trafford but he still has “reservations” regarding his future.

The 24-year-old joined the Red Devils in 2020 for a fee that could rise to £40m from Ajax.

The midfielder struggled during his debut season as he only started 15 games across all competitions.

This has continued into 2021/22 as he is yet to start in the Premier League. His only appearance under Ralf Rangnick came as he was brought on for the final two minutes against Norwich last month.

Speaking last week, interim manager Ralf Rangnick was insistent that Van de Beek “should stay” at the Red Devils.

“Well, just work hard,” Rangnick said when asked about how the Holland international can get into his side. “So far as I have got to know him he’s got a top mentality. He works hard in every training session.

“I still believe that we should keep him, that he should stay here. Definitely until the end of this season and try to get as much game time as he possibly can.”

Despite this, ESPN are reporting that Van de Beek will still “assess his options” this month. He is said to be “prepared to stay” but he has “reservations” regarding his United future.

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