Former Technical Director of Bayern Munich and Head of European Football at ICM Stellar, Michael Reschke has confirmed interest in Joshua Kimmich this week.
Talk of interest from Manchester City in the Bayern Munich mainstay first emerged earlier this month, with one claim suggested that the Premier League champions would be willing to do a deal in January given his ongoing contract stand-off with the German giants.
However, with no development since coming to fruition, some have began to question whether interest from various clubs was drafted up as a deliberate negotiation tactic to drive up Bayern Munich’s offer to the player.
That assumption would appear to be incorrect, with one industry insider revealing that Joshua Kimmich is attracting interest from a number of clubs within the Premier League, all of which lie in the top-six of the division.
Speaking to Sky in Germany as relayed by Florian Plettenberg this week, the former Bayern Munich Technical Director and now Head of European Football at player management firm ICM Stellar Michael Reschke has revealed insight into interest in Kimmich.
“There are rumours about Barcelona possibly having interest. And in the Premier League – I can assure you, without revealing too many background details – there is definitely interest in Joshua, not from clubs ranked sixth and below, but in the region upwards,” Reschke explained.
“I can imagine that Joshua Kimmich might take on a new challenge at some point. On the other hand, I am quite certain that Paris was not a consideration for him. Paris had interest, yes. It’s not the only top club interested in Joshua.”
He continued, “Joshua’s connection to Bayern – the emotional bond he has with the club – is very strong. It’s a matter of the heart.”
In the midfield department at Manchester City, Kalvin Phillips is expected to finalise his move to West Ham United this week as he puts pen to paper on an initial six-month loan deal with the Hammers holding an option to buy in the summer market.
City handed over a financial package in the region of £45 million in 2022 to sign Phillips from Leeds United, however the player’s failure to integrate himself into Pep Guardiola’s playing style saw him fall to the bottom of the Catalan’s midfield pecking order.
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