Bayern chief confirms Barcelona target ‘wants to leave’



Xavi is expected to get reinforcements at Barcelona this summer.

Bayern Munich chief executive Oliver Kahn has confirmed that Barcelona target Niklas Sule wants to leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Kahn says the 26-year-old Germany international has rejected a contract extension offer with the Bavarian giants and will look for a new team this summer, as Mundo Deportivo report.

“The negotiations were long. We made him an offer that Süle did not accept. A very good offer has been made,” he said. “But we have to respect certain financial limits. We know that Niklas wants to leave at the end of the season.”

Barcelona are looking for low-cost options to strengthen the squad, due to the club’s ongoing financial problems, and Sule has emerged as one of the Catalan giants’ many defensive targets.

Bild journalist Christian Falk told the The Bayern insider podcast that Sule is on Barca’s wishlist. Sule has been at Bayern since 2017, winning numerous titles including four Bundesliga crowns, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

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Barcelona eyeing defensive free agents

Sule isn’t the only future free agent Barcelona have been linked with recently as the Catalans continue to target low-cost options due to their ongoing financial constraints.

Barca are also ‘strongly interested’ in signing Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen, who is also out of contract this summer. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports that the Catalans will face competition from Bayern for the Denmark international.

Christensen’s Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has also been linked with Barca. A deal to bring the full-back back to Camp Nou is all but done, according to Catalunya Radio.

Meanwhile, Barcelona could also move for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico in the January transfer window. The Catalans are eyeing a loan move for the rest of the season, with the defender ‘pushing hard’ for a change.

Tagliafico would offer competition to Jordi Alba on the left of Barca’s defence. The 32-year-old is the undisputed first choice but doesn’t really have a replacement as there are currently no other specialist left-backs in the senior squad.

Is Sule a Barcelona fan?

Sule shouldn’t be short of offers if he leaves Bayern Munich given his vast experience with Bayern and the German national team. However, a picture has emerged suggesting the defender is a Barcelona fan.

Sule was pictured during the 2015 Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus in Berlin wearing a Blaugrana shirt. The Catalans won the game 3-1 to lift the European Cup for the fifth time in the club’s history.

Barcelona’s plans to strengthen the defense come as no surprise given the team continue to look vulnerable at the back. Centre-backs such as Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti have both struggled for form and fitness, while a replacement will be needed for 34-year-old Gerard Pique.

Barca have youngsters Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia in the first team but may not want to pass up the chance to add an experienced, title-winning centre-back.

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