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Newcastle’s reported interest in Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich has taken a hit as the midfielder does not want to join them for competitive reasons.
The Magpies have reportedly enquired about the Germany international but he is reluctant to move because he wants to compete for trophies at the highest level.
Bayern are gunning for a 12th consecutive Bundesliga title and are in the last 16 of the Champions League whereas Newcastle are 10th in the Premier League and out of Europe.
Kimmich, 28, is a seasoned defensive midfielder with 20 trophies in his club career but his Bayern future has come under the microscope.
Newcastle have asked about his availability, as reported by BILD, as they search for a Band-Aid for their injury crisis.
Liverpool and Manchester United are also reportedly prepared to do battle for him in the summer.
His Bayern contract expires in 2025 and Bild claims that there have been no talks about a renewal.
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That means Bayern have just a couple of transfer windows to recoup some good cash from a sale if they don’t want to keep him.
However, he recently moved into a new villa with his family in Munich and is understood to be settled in the city, having joined Bayern in 2015.
Bayern have reportedly shown interest in bringing in a new defensive midfielder and over the summer Kalvin Phillips emerged as a possible target.
Newcastle have Financial Fair Play constraints to negotiate and warned earlier this month that they could look to sell a star player to stay within the rules.
Bruno Guimaraes, Sven Botman or Alexander Isak are seen as possible candidates to be offloaded.
Their interest in the top midfielder comes with Eddie Howe’s men having lost eight games in 10
Kimmich reportedly moved into a new villa recently and is settled at Bayern but his contract expires in 2025
Eddie Howe said the club have enquired about Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke but that they ‘don’t have the ability [financially] to sign a player of that level’ in an indication of the restrictions he is working under.
That makes the news about Kimmich extra-interesting as he is a top European midfielder in his prime years – not your typical cut-price signing.
Perhaps Newcastle’s midfield problem is more acute than their others – summer signing Sandro Tonali is suspended due to betting while Joelinton and Joe Willock are injured.
The Saudi-owned outfit have lost eight of their last 10 matches in all competitions and plummeted down the Premier League.
After the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham last month, Howe said: ‘The players have done so well to keep going through a very congested period with some very hard fixtures. We beat Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United. Then we’ve had Everton and Tottenham away in short period and we haven’t been at our best.
Newcastle are grappling with multiple injuries and the long-term suspension of Sandro Tonali
‘That’s evident for everyone to see. Physically we looked fatigued and there wasn’t much we could do about it. We’re in a difficult position at the minute but we have to keep going. The more players we get back the better, everyone is so important.’
Kimmich, a former Champions League winner, eight-time Bundesliga victor, and 82-oocasion German international, would bring top-level pedigree as they look to turn around their fortunes.