The draw for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League paired PSG with Bayern Munich in a re-do of the Final of the 2020 edition of the UCL. Just five days into January and after having lost a few players due to injury, Bayern Munich is already strengthening their squad before playing PSG.
The World Cup wasn't too kind to Bayer Munich as the German side lost both defender Lucas Hernadez (ACL) and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (broken leg) for the remained of the season while away from Munich.
Just last Tuesday, L'Equipe reported a speedy recovery from Bayern forward Sadio Mane, who is expected to return to training ahead of the first leg of the UCL Round of 16 games between PSG and Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich are adding GK Yann Sommer and left-back Daley Blind to their squad and both will play against PSG
It's now two more reports not very promising for PSG's hopes of advancing in the Champions League: Bayern is on the verge of acquiring Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer and Dutch free-agent defender Daley Blind.
Both Blind and his last team Ajax agreed to finalize his deal with the Dutch team a few days ago. The veteran defender, part of the Netherlands international squad which played in Qatar, will strengthen the Bavarian side for the second half of the season according to Fabrizio Romano.
Another outlet, the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, also echoed the same information on Thursday, Jan. 5. It's now just a matter of when the deal will be signed and announced officially rather than whether or not it will end happing.
The 32-year-old Blind has already traveled to Germany and he should be able to start for Bayern on their first official game after the break against RB Leipzig on Jan. 20.
The second signing of the winter transfer window for Bayern Munich will be goalkeeper Yann Sommer, from Borussia Monchengladbach, whose contract runs out next summer. The reports are coming left and right from reputed journalists such as Ekrem Konur and Tancredi Palmeri.
In a written report, Sky Sports Germany also echoed these reports on Thursday, Jan. 5, nearly confirming the deal between both parties was already in place by the time of publication.
Sommer and FCB are still ironing out the details, though, with the only issue pending a solution related to the length of the contract. FCB wants a one-year deal running until 2024 while Sommer prefers to ink a two-year contract until the summer of 2025.
Even then, the transfer can be considered virtually completed with the 34-year-old goalie about to move from Borussia to Munich to play for Bayern through the remainder of the season and one/two more years after that.