Arsenal stunned as Bayern barge into Xavi Simons race with key advantage

Tom Weber
Tom Weber
  • Updated: 21 May 2024 13:11 BST
  • 4 min read
Xavi Simons, RB Leipzig, 2023/24

Bayern Munich have entered the race to sign Xavi Simons, according to German media.

The transfer saga surrounding the Dutchman is heating up as we get closer to Euro 2024 by which point Simons wants to have his future resolved. One of Europe's most in-demand players, the 21-year-old has admirers in every top-five league.

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Having netted 10 goals and 15 assists across all competitions on loan at RB Leipzig, one would think that PSG would be desperate to integrate him into their side following the departure of Kylian Mbappe, but this does not appear to be the case.

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Though the Ligue 1 giants have no intention of selling the youngster this summer, they are more than happy to allow him to go out on loan again if the player so desires. RB Leipzig are confident of securing Simons for another year.

Arsenal and Barcelona, meanwhile, have been said to be interested in the winger and while a loan would favour the latter given their financial struggles, it is difficult to imagine that the Gunners would be ready to agree to just a temporary move unless they can secure a favourable purchase option.

Xavi Simons
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Bayern join the race

Now, Sky Germany reports that Bayern Munich have also fully entered the race to sign him, with club director Max Eberl the driving force behind the interest. Eberl adores Simons and was the man who brought him to Leipzig last summer.

The Bayern chief has a good relationship with Simons' camp after plenty of personal talks and dinners with his family last year when he tried to convince the Dutchman to join the Red Bulls.

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However, there is one major headache for Eberl and that is the fact that Bayern still do not have a head coach for next season. Vincent Kompany now appears to be one of the favourites for the job but the Bavarians will face a race against time to appoint the Burnley boss.

Decision day is approaching quickly for Simons and Bayern will need a manager before they can think about recruiting the attacking midfielder.

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