Manchester City Could Lose Race For Bayern Munich Starlet

Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich in action with Atletico Lucas Hernandez.

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Manchester United have made an enquiry regarding Joshua Kimmich, according to reports in Germany.

Joshua Kimmich left his former club RB Leipzig to join Bayern Munich back in 2015, and has since impressed one and all during the 67 appearances he has made for the Bavarian Giants so far.

But with the 22-year-old still on the fringes of Carlo Ancelotti’s starting lineup, many interested parties are currently looking to lure the youngster away from the Bundesliga.

As per German news outlet Kicker, Manchester United have recently made an initial approach to lure Kimmich to Old Trafford. But with Manchester City also interested in the player, the two Mancunian clubs look set to battle it out for his services.

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City currently seem to have an upper hand in this transfer pursuit, thanks to Pep Guardiola’s past relationship with the player. Kimmich happened to break onto the scene at Bayern under Pep’s management, and the Spanish tactician even expressed his fondness towards the youngster by stating: “He’s got passion – he’s got absolutely everything. I love this lad.”

Joshua Kimmich can operate as a defensive midfielder, a center-back, as well as a full-back, and this versatility of his will certainly convince Jose Mourinho go head-to-head with Guardiola to win the German international’s signature.

However, it remains to be seen whether Bayern Munich allow their prized starlet to leave the club. Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has previously addressed the speculation linking Kimmich with a move away by putting an end to it straightaway, and claiming that the player will not be sold under any circumstances.

Rummenigge said: “We have big plans for him in the future. He will be, quite literally, our successor to Philipp Lahm. From next season, he’ll get more and more minutes. That’s Carlo Ancelotti’s plan, at least.”


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