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Barcelona failed to hijack Bayern’s move for top Bundesliga midfielder

Konrad Laimer at RB Leipzig
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The Catalans made an attempt to sign Konrad Laimer as a free agent.

Barcelona have reportedly failed in their late attempt to hijack Konrad Laimer’s upcoming move to Bayern Munich.

The RB Leipzig midfielder will become a free agent when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Widespread reports in German media claim Bayern finalized Laimer’s free move earlier this month. The player has reportedly done his medical at Munich but stays at Leipzig until the end of the season.

A new report from Bild, however, claims there was another late offer for the 25-year-old.

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According to the German publication, Barcelona contacted Laimer’s representatives to hijack his move to Bayern last week. But the Leipzig midfielder informed the Catalans that he has a deal in place with Bayern.

Laimer’s arrival will provide Julian Nagelsmann with an ideal “pressing machine” in midfield. However, the Austria international will also increase the competition in Bayern’s crowded squad.

With Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka still starting most of Bayern’s games, the likes of Ryan Gravenberch and Marcel Sabitzer have struggled for game time this season.

A few German outlets have claimed the Bundesliga leaders will consider selling Sabitzer next summer. However, the Bundesliga champions are reportedly considering Gravenberch as an important part of their future midfield unit. 

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