Bayern Munich, the reigning Bundesliga champions, are reportedly focusing on recruiting a right-back during the January transfer window and they have made Kieran Trippier of Newcastle one of their main targets to sign through January’s transfer window, according to multiple outlets reporting said interest on Friday, Jan. 19.
At 33, Trippier has emerged as a potential acquisition for Bayern Munich after becoming the captain and honcho of NUFC since his arrival from Atletico, having found the fountain of youth at SJP under the guidance of Eddie Howe.
Since joining Newcastle from Atletico Madrid in January 2022 for a fee of £12 million, Trippier has been instrumental in the team’s performances and he might not be the most talented player nor have to absolute best skill set among all current Magpies, but he’s the undisputable veteran leader of the team, full stop, and his departure could negatively impact the team and shake the organization top to bottom.
Over the past two years, Trippier has made 79 appearances and scored three goals for Newcastle. Just in the Premier League alone, including the 2022–23 season (his first played in full for NUFC), he has started 57 out of 59 league matches for the club. Additionally, Trippier appeared in all six of Newcastle’s Champions League matches this season before the Magpies crashed out of all continental competitions on the final matchday of the UCL group stage last month.
Bayern Munich’s interest in Trippier is led by manager Thomas Tuchel, who is actively seeking to strengthen the right-back position of his squad ahead of the second half of the season, per reports. Trippier’s potential transfer to Bayern Munich could see him reunite with former Tottenham teammates Harry Kane and Eric Dier with whom he shared the same locker room before moving to La Liga.
As far as Newcastle’s situation goes, it’s widely known that Howe wants to bring at least one reinforcement to his midfield, let alone after knowing Joelinton will miss the second half of the year after he undergoes surgery. The problem? NUFC needs funds, or if not that (because PIF surely doesn’t lack money), at least the club needs to balance the sheets a bit so they don’t get penalized under the FFP and PSR rules established in years’ past.
It’s been reported that Newcastle has inquired about Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich, who could arrive in exchange for Trippier if the defender goes the other way.
The only “positive” about losing Trippier, which more of a non-negative than anything good, is that Newcastle boasts some reasonable depth at the right-back position with Tino Livramento, Emil Krafth, and other makeshift options available for Howe if the club is forced to sell Trips this month.