Lionel Messi reportedly Wants the Barcelona Board to sign Joshua Kimmich from Bayern Munich in the upcoming winter transfer window.
Lionel Messi wants the club management to make a splash in the January transfer window and try to entice Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich to the Nou Camp. Messi has reportedly grown tired of the lack of ability showed by Barcelona fullbacks Nelson Semedo, Sergi Roberto and Moussa Wague and is desperate for the German to replace the available options at the club.
Barcelona Right-back options – Semedo and Roberto
Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo has been largely inconsistent playing on the right flank over the past couple of months. Semedo was deemed to be too important for Barcelona to sell just six months ago but the club might be open to selling the Portuguese with his defensive fragilities having been exposed by opponents on a regular basis in the opening half of the season.
Sergio Roberto has been used as a makeshift right back from time to time but the La Masia graduate is not strong enough from a defensive standpoint and prefers playing in right midfield as compared to the right-back position. The lack of a proper right-back has led to Messi making a transfer demand to the Barca board to snap up Bayern Munich ace Joshua Kimmich, according to El Desmarque.
The Barcelona superstar has been starved by the lack of supply from the right flank ever since the departure of Dani Alves with whom he enjoyed a telepathic connection. Kimmich is ranked as one of the best in the world at right-back and would certainly fit the Barcelona style of play having illustrated his strengths consistently at both ends of the pitch, both offensively and defensively.
Bayern Munich, however, considers Joshua Kimmich absolutely integral to their setup and will be incredibly unlikely to part ways with the player midway through the season. The 24-year-old who is a regular for both club and country has been with the German club for five years now, making 197 appearances in all competitions ever since making the move from RB Leipzig in 2015.
It would take a huge bid from Barcelona for the Bundesliga Champions to even think of selling the German considering the way they have seemed to be struggling over the past 18 months. It will be interesting to see how the transfer saga pans out in the near future as Messi usually gets what he wants and the Argentinian’s demands are taken very seriously by the club’s board and management.