Goalkeeper’s highest ransom ever, leaving Chelsea for Munich…Instead of Neuer, Kim Minjae is likely to be the main player
Germany’s ‘Sport 1’ said on the 9th (hereinafter Korean time), “Manuel Neuer may take a considerable period of recovery. In this situation 메이저놀이터, Jan Sommer left for Inter Milan. There is Sven Ulreich, but I cannot fully believe it. Currently, Bayern “Munich has a lot of concerns about the goalkeeper. We are trying to sign Kepa with the opening game just around the corner.”
“Coach Thomas Tuchel had worked with Kepa at Chelsea before. At the time, he preferred Edouard Mendy over Kepa. Nevertheless, he requested the signing of Kepa to the club’s leadership. Initial negotiations are already underway. Roberto Sanchez joins Chelsea. “This year, Kepa is motivated enough to move to Munich. A rental deal with a full transfer option is being talked about.”
Reporter Christian Polk of Germany’s ‘Sport Bild’ also said, “Munich is talking to Kepa. It’s not a hot situation yet. Along with Kepa, Yasin Bunu and Geronimo Luli are also targets.”
Munich has not been worried about goalkeepers for a long time. It was because there was Neuer, the best goalkeeper in Germany and the world, who transferred from Schalke in 2011 and kept the goal for over 10 years. Munich, which had no worries, recently began to worry as Neuer showed signs of aging and the frequency of injuries increased. Sudden injuries were frequent, so he recruited Sommer from Monchengladbach last season.
Still, Neuer’s physical condition is not perfect. He’s recovering, but there’s no telling when he’ll be 100%, and in fact, considering his age as he was born in 1986, it might be unreasonable to expect him to be the way he used to be now. Sommer was needed, but after receiving an offer from Inter Milan, who sent Andre Onana to Manchester United, he left Munich for Milan. Even if there is Ulreich, it is difficult to trust him as the starting goalkeeper.
That’s why Munich started looking for a goalkeeper. He has also been linked with David de Gea, who left Manchester United, and has also been eyeing Brentford’s David Raya. De Gea’s weekly wage was too expensive, and Raya’s move to Arsenal is very likely rather than Munich. So Munich had to look at a new target and Kepa was in their sights. Kepa is the most expensive goalkeeper in football history.
Born in Basque, Spain, Kepa grew up in Athletic Bilbao from youth to first team. Kepa, who became the main goalkeeper of Bilbao, increased his stock price by being called up to the Spanish national team. He boasted of his tall stature and long arms, and his wide range of defense earned him good reviews. His build-up ability was also good, which attracted the attention of several teams. In 2018, he headed to Chelsea, which sent Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.
The transfer fee alone was a whopping 80 million euros (approximately 115.6 billion won). It was such a huge amount that it was called a panic buy. It was also the highest transfer fee in the history of goalkeepers. Kepa played an active role in the beginning, but gradually showed a sluggish appearance, losing to Willy Caballero. Kepa, who lost trust due to the refusal to substitute, got used to the bench rather than starting. With the appearance of Mendy, the position was further narrowed.
Due to Mendy’s performance, rumors of Kepa leaving Chelsea were raised, but as Mendy began to perform poorly, he put on the goalkeeper’s gloves again. He played a key role until last season. Mendy left for Saudi Arabia and looked like he would continue to be the main goalkeeper for the upcoming season, but that changed with the arrival of Sanchez from Brighton. Kepa also has a transfer motive, and Chelsea is also in a situation where they can sell Kepa.
Football statistics media’Transfermarkt’ introduced Kepa on the 10th while introducing Munich’s expected lineup for the 2023-24 season. Kepa joins Kingsley Coman, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane, Conrad Reimer, Joshua Kimmich, Alfonso Davies, Matais de Ligt, Benjamin Pavard, and Minjae Kim. Another rumored player like Kepa was Harry Kane. This lineup is what Munich wants most. It remains to be seen whether it will be implemented after the transfer market closes.