David de Gea has been linked to Bayern Munich, but the transfer will not happen.

Florian Plettenberg, a reporter for Germany’s Sky Sports, said on Sunday (July 17), “Munich will not sign De Gea. It has been decided. Thomas Tuchel has exercised his right of first refusal. Manuel Neuer is set to return in the coming weeks.”

Manuel Neuer has been in goal for a long time. However, a replacement is needed. Neuer suffered the fracture while on vacation at a ski resort after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He was out for the season. He has yet to return from the injury this season.

As soon as Neuer was injured, Munich immediately looked for a replacement, eventually bringing in Jan Zomer in the winter transfer window. Zomer made 25 appearances in all competitions, conceding 31 goals and keeping eight clean sheets as he helped the club win the Bundesliga title. But ahead of the season, he was approached by Inter Milan. The Nerazzurri were left with a gaping hole in their defense following the departure of their star goalkeeper Andre Onana to Manchester United. Zomer also chose to make the move because he would likely lose his starting spot to Neuer when he returns from injury.

This left Munich without a No. 1. As a result, the Bavarians planned to sign a new goalkeeper. Their first target was Manchester City’s Stephan Ortega. According to Germany’s Sky Sports, “Ortega is the new dream solution. Contacts have already been made with the player and the City management. In principle, Ortega is ready to join Munich as the new No. 1. However, a full agreement has not been reached.” 토토사이트 It was revealed that Tuchel had even called the player himself to push for the deal.

Despite Munich’s interest, the transfer did not go through. Pep Guardiola said after the 2023 UEFA Super Cup: “We don’t want to sell or loan Ortega. We want to keep him for a long time,” he said after the UEFA Super Cup. In the end, Munich did consider signing De Gea. Plettenberg also reported that “Munich held talks with De Gea. He was willing to join Munich. However, the talks have now been suspended.”

This was the conclusion of the discussions. According to Germany’s Bild, “On Sunday, Munich chiefs Uli Hoeneß, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and others met with Tuchel and decided not to pursue a replacement for Neuer and a new first-team goalkeeper this summer. The Munich board is happy with Sven Ulreich’s performance. They have decided to give Ulreich the starting job until Neuer’s return.”