Konrad Laimer of RB Leipzig has signed a contract with Bayern Munich and will join the club on July 1st.
Konrad Laimer will join on a free transfer after his contract with Leipzig expires in June after the end of the 2022/23 season, which Bayern was well aware of. All things considered, this is the best possible deal for Bayern, as signing him prior to his contract with Leipzig would have required a significant transfer fee.
Laimer got to speak officially with other clubs about a transfer away from Leipzig on January 1st. But it was already understood that verbal and personal agreements had been reached with Bayern. Leipzig knew they could lose him on a free transfer this summer, but they wanted to keep him for the rest of the season rather than offloading him in the winter transfer window, as Die Roten Bullen pushes across three fronts, just like Bayern.
Bayern had been after Laimer for quite some time in an effort to strengthen and diversify their midfield, but now that they’ll officially have him from July 1st, this could spell the end of the road for Marcel Sabitzer, who had also joined the Rekordmeister from Leipzig alongside Julian Nagelsmann. The midfield will be considerably too busy after Laimer joins the team for Sabitzer to have a fair chance of playing consistently, or at least as many minutes as he would like. Although he and Naglesmann work well together at Leipzig, he has never really like a lengthy, regular run in Naglesmann’s starting lineups.
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Laimer can provide far more defensive stability in midfield for Bayern than Sabitzer, who has always been a far more attacking-minded midfielder. While there are still many similarities between the two players, Nagelsmann has seeking deeply in Laimer for everything he can offer in midfield in addition to defensive stability.