Joshua Kimmich is a talented player which many top clubs would be interested in, should he become available. The defender can also play in the midfield showing his versatility. He is tipped to be the long-term successor of Phillip Lahm, who will retire at the end of the season, but there have been some suggestions that the player is not happy at the club, not playing all that often and that manager Carlo Ancelotti is not keen on him in his team. Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked to the player as have his former club, RB Leipzig, with Pep Guardiola’s side likely to lead the chase, having previous with the player in giving him his chance at the club last season, before he left for Manchester. Kimmich has made 39 appearances this season, 20 being starts, 19 being substitute appearances. During that time, Kimmich has scored eight goals, assisting a further two.
What is being reported and by who?
A month ago, give or take a few days, The Sun carried some reports that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was keen to bring the 22-year-old German to the Old Trafford club this summer. The source of the reports was German sports magazine, Kicker. It was suggested that United and Bayern Munich had engaged in talks over the future of the talented midfielder. It was also suggested that Manchester City would challenge United for Joshua Kimmich, being that manager Pep Guardiola rates the player and utilised him in his last season managing Bayern. The Metro carried the same reports around the same time as The Sun, which is normal as they seem to rely on other news sources to create stories of their own. At the end of March, it was reported by The Metro that Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti had dismissed United’s interest in the player seeing Kimmich as the replacement for Phillip Lahm, who will retire at the end of the season. Again at the end of March, the Daily Mail reported that both United and City had enquired about the availability of Kimmich. Today on Twitter, Alex Chaffer reported that the Stuttgarter Zeitung has reported that Kimmich wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer. Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has spoken, almost immediately, that this is an “outrageously false report” and that the club will take legal action against the Stuttgarter Zeitung. Kimmich has a contract which expires in 2020, meaning he will remain at the club this summer, according to Rummenigge at least.
What type of player is Joshua Kimmich?
Joshua Kimmich is a defensive minded player, playing in midfield, but can also fill in at right-back, which seems to be where his future will lie at Bayern Munich, taking over from Phillip Lahm, who retires at the end of the season. Kimmich is a special talent, one which would carry the interest of many top clubs, should he be available, which does not seem the case after what was reported and denied in Germany this afternoon. Kimmich has defensive awareness and can win the ball back superbly. He has been praised by the likes of Horst Hrubesch and Amin Younes. Philip Röber has compared the player to İlkay Gündoğan with the player looking to Bastian Schweinsteiger as his main inspiration, despite the fact his future looks set to be in the right-back role. Kimmich is great at tackling, can dribble with the ball and does not mind putting in the legwork, which shows you why both United and City would be interested in him as he would compliment both teams, even with Gündoğan being at City.
Likelihood of the transfer?
I don’t see much in this, to be honest. Manchester United will be interested in a number of different players, main targets, secondary targets and other options from there. At this stage of the season, everything seems to be reported as if it was true when it is actually speculation, not fact. United may very well have had talks with Bayern Munich over the availability of the player, which may have been stopped right there, with United and more importantly City, looking at other targets instead. I say more importantly City because the player has a connection with Pep Guardiola being that he gave him the chance at the club last season, which would suggest the player would be more likely heading to Guardiola’s City, over Mourinho’s United. The fact that Bayern has shot down the earlier rumours of Kimmich leaving the club would suggest that Bayern means business. Kimmich is their player, he has a long contract and they want to keep him. The club seems to have plans for the player, even if the reports of Ancelotti not wanting him are true, the club will make all the decisions, not him. Kimmich himself commented on the rumours linking him with a move away from the Allianz Arena, saying; “I haven’t read it and am definitely not away from here yet, I can’t say any more about it.”