Transfer market: Bayern with a new "world-class man" for the cup test

Julian Nagelsmann was happy about the proudly presented star signing João Cancelo for the small Bayern anniversary.

Transfer market: Bayern with a new "world-class man" for the cup test

Julian Nagelsmann was happy about the proudly presented star signing João Cancelo for the small Bayern anniversary. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic smiled at the side of the last-minute transfer from Manchester City, who will wear number 22 for Munich until the end of the season.

Already in the round of 16 of the cup at FSV Mainz 05 on Wednesday (8.45 p.m. / ARD and Sky), Nagelsmann’s 75th competitive game at FC Bayern, the Portuguese national defender could be on the pitch to fight the earnings crisis. Together with captain's representative Joshua Kimmich, the 28-year-old strolled to the final training session in the afternoon.

"In general, the double is always the minimum goal of a season," said Nagelsmann and took a close look at the "very sensible reinforcement" Cancelo in the final training session. "The last two cup seasons were not what Bayern Munich aspired to." Bayern failed twice in round two, now a round of 16 knockout would happen. caused some turbulence in Munich after the last three 1-1 draws in the Bundesliga. That wouldn't exactly make things easier for the Portuguese World Cup defender, who is starting his "adventure" at a "big club".

Strong Mainzers are waiting

"On Wednesday it's a very important game in which we can knock the buck over, also in terms of the psyche. Just to get into this run," said the self-proclaimed "optimist" Nagelsmann. "It's always important to go into every game with 100 percent greed and to see the big games in the distance, but to use those before to get into the flow."

Two weeks before the sizzling Champions League test against Paris Saint-Germain, if you consider the premier class-hardened Cancelo against Lionel Messi

billion squad

Nagelsmann hopes for "more punch" and "more focus" towards the goal. After goalkeeper Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Daley Blind (without a club), the third winter transfer from the full-back position should provide important impetus. Sports director Salihamidzic raved about the 28-year-old's "creativity, playfulness and experience", but also about "dynamism and forward drive".

"The World Cup hit us hard," said Salihamidzic. The 46-year-old listed the absences of Lucas Hernández (torn cruciate ligament), Noussair Mazraoui (pericarditis) and Manuel Neuer, who was injured on a ski tour after the tournament (broken leg). "We have now closed these three positions and hope that we will then have the squad to achieve our goals," said Salihamidzic.

After glamorous summer transfers such as those of Matthijs de Ligt and Sadio Mané, the sports director also brought well-known players to Munich in winter. According to "", the squad value of Bayern exceeds the billion mark for the first time in the club's history as a result of the Cancelo transfer. The amount will drop again if, as speculated, Marcel Sabitzer leaves Munich for the Premier League. Manchester United and Chelsea are said to be interested.

Svensson: "An absolute world-class player"

The new star, whose market value is estimated at around 70 million euros, did not commit himself to the question of a longer future in Munich. "First we have to see what these five months will bring. I want to be here with a clear head," said Cancelo, who was first placed with Pep Guardiola and later no longer considered as before. His contract with City runs until 2027.

"João Cancelo is an absolutely world-class player. He's one of the best full-backs in the world," Mainz coach Bo Svensson marveled at the new signing, who can defend on both the left and right. But there is also a lot of quality coming to the 05ers, especially since Leon Goretzka is fit again after his recent problems. Nagelsmann also expects the injured Joshua Kimmich, Dayot Upamecano and Sommer to be ready for action.