Munich (dpa) – Hansi Flick played it unsuspecting. “Who, who, who? Who should that be?” Asked the Bayern coach when asked about Spaniard Marc Roca, who will strengthen Munich’s midfield in the future. Then Flick grinned mischievously.
According to consistent media reports – also from Spain – the 23-year-old is moving from Espanyol Barcelona to the German record champion. He must cost nine million euros in transfer and get a five-year contract with Bayern. Only the medical examination is still pending.
“I can’t say anything, confirm anything and refute everything, zero point, because I’m not concentrating on transfers, but on tomorrow’s game against Hertha BSC,” said coach Flick. The team from Munich will receive the Berlin team on Sunday (6 p.m. / Sky) at the end of the third Bundesliga match day.
In view of the switchover period ending on Monday and there are still some gaps in the Bayern squad, the focus on Säbener Straße is currently clearly on the transfer market. Roca was able to strengthen the team where there was a gap due to the departure of Thiago.
With Espanyol, the U21 European champions still have a contract until 2022. FC Bayern would have been interested last year, but at that time Barcelona reportedly demanded 40 million euros. Roca would be the fourth newcomer after goalkeeper Alexander Nübel (23), defender Tanguy Nianzou (18) and striker Leroy Sané (24).
Bayern should also be interested in signing Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi. “Actually I don’t know what’s going on. But he’s one of the greatest talents in this position,” said Flick of the 19-year-old attacking player. “That is why it is legitimate that we at Bayern Munich are also dealing with him.” According to the media, a loan is being considered.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard then said after the 4-0 competition against Crystal Palace, in which Hudson-Odoi was in the starting line-up, that he could only predict what would happen on Monday. But he keeps making plans with the teenager and wants to keep him in London.
Hertha’s match shows that the Champions League champion in Munich still needs newcomers. Because Kingsley Coman was also allowed to be absent in addition to national player Sané, Flick hardly has options on the attacking flanks. The 24-year-old Frenchman complains of muscle problems and had to stop training on Friday, according to Flick. “We need to see how it all goes,” said Flick. “It’s not that ideal, it will be very tight.”
Flick once again underlined his desire to strengthen the team, which in addition to Thiago also lost Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho. Javi Martinez was still able to leave. Substitute Sven Ulreich moves to Hamburger SV, which Flick “regrets”, he reported. “It is often more difficult to confirm things,” said the coach of the successful last season. “But we are working on that and that is why we need a good team.”
David Alaba in defense and Leon Goretzka are fit for midfield again after the two did not play in the Supercup against BVB (3: 2). After the 1: 4 in Hoffenheim, Munich wants to start a winning streak again. The unexpected bug in Kraichgau was “ticked off,” reported Flick. At the same time he warned the Berliners: “We know that Hertha has tremendous quality.”