FC Bayern signed the first new signing for the new season: Noussair Mazraoui is coming to Munich from Ajax Amsterdam, according to “Kicker”. A teammate of his, a Leipzig midfielder and a Stuttgart defender are said to be other candidates.
FC Bayern have signed Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax Amsterdam as their first signing for the coming season. As the “Kicker” (Wednesday) reports, the Munich and the 24-year-old defender have agreed on a four-year contract until June 30, 2026. The Moroccan international’s arrival has been in the offing for some time. He doesn’t cost a fee because his contract in the Netherlands expires this summer.
“We are very happy that he has decided to go with us in the next few years. There are still a few things to do. But he is a player who will help us and strengthen our team, »said the sporting director of FC Bayern, Hasan Salihamidzic, the «Münchner Merkur» and the «tz» (Thursday). The commitment is on its last legs. “It looks very good.”
Ever since Hansi Flick was coach, Bayern have been looking for a convincing personnel solution on the right-hand side of defence. World champion Benjamin Pavard, who also plays on the right in the French national team, has been pushing into central defense for a long time.
With Mazraoui signing, coach Julian Nagelsmann can plan more in the center of defense with Pavard. There was a vacancy there due to the free transfer from national defender Niklas Süle to Borussia Dortmund. On the right back, the Munich substitute Bouna Sarr (30) is not an equal alternative and will also have to line up behind Mazraoui.
After the BVB transfer offensive with Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck (SC Freiburg) and Karim Adeyemi (RB Salzburg), which faces the expected departure of Erling Haaland to Manchester City, Nagelsmann can now plan his first access for the new season. The 34-year-old had admitted “a few construction sites” in the squad. He wouldn’t mind “if we bought one or two counter-pressing machines,” as he said with a wink.
In addition to Mazraoui, his teammate Ryan Gravenberch is also set to move from Amsterdam to Munich. The clubs still have to agree on a transfer fee. The 19-year-old midfielder is under contract with Ajax until June 30, 2023. According to “Sport Bild” (Wednesday), Borna Sosa (24) from VfB Stuttgart and Konrad Laimer (24) from RB Leipzig should also be on Nagelsmann’s wish list.
The “Sport Bild” also reports on a “tense relationship” between Nagelsmann and Salihamidzic. It is “above all about different expectations and opposing views in the formation of the squad”. Even with Nagelsmann’s predecessor Flick, there had been differences between him and the sports director on squad issues.
Salihamidzic recently pointed out the budget challenges. “We don’t have an infinite amount of money. We have extended some contracts. We tried to keep the core of the team, »said Salihamidzic and explained with a view to additions: «We have to see what is possible. We want to be creative and we have ideas.»
After the contract extension with Thomas Müller (32) until 2024, that of captain Manuel Neuer (36) will follow soon. The future of striker Robert Lewandowski (33) and national player Serge Gnabry (26), on the other hand, remains uncertain.