Bayern Munich have loosely been linked with Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam as the defender’s contract is set to expire in just over a years time. As a result, the German club, amongst others have shown an interest in the player, who could become available over the summer.
However, having said that, the defender has revealed that he hopes to stay at Napoli, as he currently get’s a significant amount of first team game time with one of Italy’s top sides. All that needs to be settled is the contract negotiations, and this so far is what has prevented the player from being kept at the club for the foreseeable future, as he has not been too happy with what he has been offered yet.
With this in mind, the clubs of Europe have all been keeping a close eye, including not only Bayern but also Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain. But according to reports, it seems as if Bayern are the favourites to have first dibs on the player should be fail to sign a new deal with Napoli, as the Algerian international apparently is favouring a move to Bayern Munich over the other options available.
So would Ghoulam be a good additon?
Well, as a left-back, Bayern hardly need someone in the at position. The likes of David Alaba and Juan Bernat already occupy this position and are both of the highest talent. If Bayern were to sigh Ghoulam as a third option to play in that position, then the full-back would certainly have his work cut out to challenge for a first team spot and unlikely get any first team football here.
Having said that, both Juan Bernat and David Alaba have been linked with moves away from the Allianz and should either of these players leave, the 25 year old looks to be a solid replacement.
Faouzi is also renowned to be a great utility player. He has proven in the past he is capable of playing anywhere across the back line and also in midfield, and if Bayern are looking for someone to fill this type of gap, then the Napoli man could be the right option. Furthermore, with Philipp Lahm set to leave the club in the next couple of years, the left-back could be converted into a right back to replace the skipper.
But in terms of immediate signings to look for, although he could be nabbed away from Napoli on the cheap, Faouzi Ghoulam isn’t really someone that Bayern need at this current moment, even though it seems the club are showing keen interest.
— Napoli News 24/7 (@napolinews247) January 13, 2017