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Bayern Munich’s Thomas Tuchel considering offering lifeline contract to Arsenal flop amid defensive injury crisis

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Tuchel considering offering lifeline contract to Arsenal flop amid defensive injury crisis

Dayot Upamecano, a Frenchman who was forced to withdraw from the current international break due to a hamstring injury, will be absent from the Bundesliga’s heavyweights for a number of weeks, along with Matthijs de Ligt, who has been dealing with a knee problem.

The only senior center back available to Thomas Tuchel is summer signing Kim Min-jae, since teenager Tarek Buchmann is also out due to a torn muscle.

As a result, Bayern has been considering prospective free agent signings. Despite the World Cup champion training with the team earlier this month, a bid for former star Jerome Boateng was turned down.

In order to address a defensive injury problem, Bayern Munich is considering a surprise move for former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Sokratis, a former defender for Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, is a respectable substitute that Bayern is reportedly considering.

Since leaving Olympiacos in the summer, the retired Greek international has been a free agent, and Bayern is only able to sign players who are now without a club due to the transfer market’s shutdown.

Sokratis recently declined an offer from Real Betis in order to see whether Bayern will up their interest before accepting the opportunity to play for the German champions.

De Ligt has resumed training, but Bayern is still awaiting more details regarding Upamecano’s injury, which might keep him out for up to six weeks.

Sokratis, 35, played for Dortmund from 2013 to 2018 before leaving for Arsenal. Tuchel is known to be a huge supporter of the Greek defender and worked with him throughout their time at Dortmund.

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Since July, Sokratis has received a number of offers, but he decided to remain flexible in case a major club required an emergency center-back, which is exactly what happened.

Only until January, when Bayern is predicted to reopen the transfer window, is it thought that he will serve as a fill-in.

Trevoh Chalobah of Chelsea, another player Tuchel is familiar with from their time together at Stamford Bridge, was the subject of a late-summer attempt by the German giants to sign him, and that deal may be revived if the west Londoners are willing to sell a player deemed surplus to requirements.

Sokratis had a miserable two and a half years at Arsenal before his contract was terminated in January 2021, but he made 94 appearances for Olympiacos, which represented a sort of comeback for him.

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