Joshua Kimmich is reportedly happy at Bayern Munich and does not want to depart from the Allianz Arena amid interest from Barcelona.
According to reputed German journalist Florian Plettenberg, Joshua Kimmich has no interest in leaving Bayern Munich. The German international, whose market value is €80 million, is happy at the Allianz Arena amid interest from Barcelona. And the Bundesliga champions view him as a future club captain.
Joshua Kimmich has been a brilliant performer for Bayern Munich since arriving from VfB Stuttgart in July 2015. The 28-year-old has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world in the last eight years. And his experience of playing as a right-back has helped him add a layer of creativity to his game.
The German international is a pivotal figure for his club and country and has seen his market value rise to €80 million. Meanwhile, the player has made 346 appearances for Bayern Munich, chipping in with 40 goals and 94 assists. Kimmich’s progress has not gone unnoticed either, with Barcelona among his prospective suitors.
Barcelona will head into the summer transfer window looking for a holding midfielder. That is because Sergio Busquets will play his final match for the Blaugrana next month. And the impending departure of the veteran midfielder will leave a gaping hole in the Barcelona midfield unit.
News #Kimmich: He still has no agent. His contract extension until 2025 was negotiated by his own. Barcelona didn’t contact him. He has absolutely no intention to leave the club and he is not in talks with Barcelona. Future captain. @SkySportDE 🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/Yq0w14Tksh
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) May 21, 2023
While Busquets’s performance levels have been waning in the last few years, his experience has been invaluable in Barcelona’s resurgence under Xavi Hernandez. In addition, very few players can control a game’s tempo like Busquets. But one such player is Joshua Kimmich, who has reprised a similar role for Bayern Munich. So Barcelona’s interest in the 28-year-old is understandable.
Recent reports have also claimed that Barcelona will prioritise securing Kimmich’s services this summer. But he will likely cost more than his market value of €80 million. In addition, the German international does not want to leave Bayern Munich. And the Bundesliga champions view him as the next club captain.
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Florian Plettenberg has also quashed rumours of talks between Kimmich’s representatives and his suitors. With Bayern uninterested in selling the 28-year-old, a summer move seems unlikely. So Barcelona must identify alternatives for the Bayern Munich midfielder as they scour the market for a Busquets successor.
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