KIM walled off, DER LICHT, LEE could be teammates
Center back Matthias Der Licht (25, Bayern Munich) is reportedly on the radar of "Lee Kang-in's team," Paris Saint-Germain, after losing out to Kim Min-jae (28).
"Paris Saint-Germain have made an enquiry to Munich for the center-back," German outlet Bavarian Football reported on Sunday (KST).
Der Licht joined the Bavarians last season from Italian Serie A side Juventus, where he immediately became the first-choice center back. He was a regular starter under Julian Nagelsmann. When Thomas Tuchel took over during the season, his position was solidified. He played 43 games last season, including cup competitions.
However, with the arrival of Kim Min-jae to Munich this season, Der Licht's role has diminished significantly. Injuries have kept him out of the game, while Kim Min-jae has established himself as the first-choice center back.
As recently as last month, Bavarian Football wrote: "A defensive leader should be a player who can coordinate the defense in addition to his normal defensive duties. Der Licht fits the bill, but Tuchel is not impressed with his ability to make vertical passes from the back," explaining why it wouldn't be surprising to see Der Licht leave.
Der Licht has made just 11 league appearances (1 goal) this season. Earlier this month, Kim Min-jae made 15 appearances (1 goal) before being sent off to the Asian Cup.
After a strong start to the season in Munich, Der Licht is in a position to be unceremoniously dropped.
Still, there are plenty of teams who would love to have him. Before Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United also knocked on Munich's door.
For now, Der Licht is focusing on life in Munich.
"Even if Kim Min-jae returns to the team after the Asian Cup, my goal is to be in the Munich first team," he said after the match against Bremen on May 21, shaking 사설토토 his head at the transfer speculation, adding, "It's probably every player's dream. The most important thing for me is to train well every day and stay injury-free," he said in a bid to stay in the first team.