Joshua Kimmich is wanted by Barcelona Bayern Munich Allianz Arena
Wolfgang Manousek, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Real Madrid have been one of the favourites to land Joshua Kimmich but if they were to back off then, it would be of great help to the other interested teams, claims Mundo Deportivo.

Joshua Kimmich is about to enter the final year of his contract and Bayern Munich have made it clear that if he does not sign a new deal then they will be ready to sell him at the end of this season.

Apart from Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal and Barcelona have also been linked with the midfielder but Madrid’s final decision could lie with Toni Kroos. Kroos has been contemplating a retirement but now there are reports that the German might play for one more season.

If Toni Kroos does not hang up his boots then Ancelotti might opt to pull out of the Kimmich race, in which case Manchester City and Barcelona will move up the pecking order.

Another reason why the Los Blancos could drop out from this race is because they have been showing interest in Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Perez feels he will be a much better investment.

Barca or Man City: Which move is better suited for Joshua Kimmich?

The German international is a very versatile player who can play as a central midfielder and also a right-back and this season, he has shifted back and forth in these two roles for Bayern. He’s played 41 games across all competitions and out of those 26 appearances have been in the CDM role but in Bayern’s latest loss to Real Madrid, he was playing as the right-back.

If Madrid back off then a move to Barcelona would become a serious contender for the 29-year-old because Bayern Munich want only €35 million for him and that’s something the Catalans won’t mind paying.

However, a move to the Premier League will be much more suitable for Joshua Kimmich.

Talking about Man City, Guardiola wants Kimmich to share the CDM load with Rodri next season and because Matheus Nunes and Kalvin Phillips have both failed to do that role, Kimmich won’t have to worry about getting game time.

Playing regularly seems to be the major priority for the 29-year-old at the moment because some rumours have suggested that Joshua Kimmich is open to joining Arsenal if Mikel Arteta can guarantee him starts. These reports are obviously unconfirmed but in Kimmich, the Arsenal manager will be able to find a replacement for Thomas Partey and at the same time, he will be able to add competition for Ben White.

Given his minimal transfer fee, Barcelona can actually afford to sign a player like Joshua Kimmich but everything will depend on what Real Madrid wish to do.