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Three left-backs Bayern should consider signing this summer

When Juan Bernat moved to Bayern from Valencia, his performances looked very promising.

Bernat looked liked one of the most talented left-backs in the world and there were cases when he outperformed David Alaba.

It’s difficult to say what harmed Bernat’s career at Bayern, but injures and long spells on the bench did not help him achieve his full potential.

Álex Grimaldo

Age: 22

Current team: Benfica

Nationality: Spain

Grimaldo is a Barcelona youth product who got away from them. In 2015 he moved to Benfica, and since then has demonstrated to be one of the more promising left-back talents in football.

He has decent passing skills, with an 81.9% success rate, and he also averages 2.4 long balls per game.

He is defensively solid with 2.6 tackles per game, 1.6 interceptions, and 1.7 clearances per game.

In offensive,the talented left-back averages an excellent 1.4 dribbles per game and is only dispossessed an average of 0.7 times per game. He can hold the ball and he can do something with it when he has it.

Grimaldo might be hard to get, because he would likely be pretty expensive. He might also be unwilling to leave Benfica to sit behind Alaba, and he could end up just like Juan Bernat. But he could also pose a serious challenge to Alaba and the competition could benefit them both.

Ricardo Rodríguez

Age: 25

Current team: Milan

Nationality: Switzerland

Ricardo Rodríguez moved to Milan last summer from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

The Siwtzerland international might habe done yet another bad career move and might finally want to go somewhere where he can compete for titles.

At least, Bayern can give him that. Rodríguez spent 5 years in Germany making 149 appearances and scoring 15 goals.

AC Milan might not be willing to sell him, but their financial situation could force them into selling him.

And an interest from a club as big as Bayern could prove too difficult to reject.

Rodríguez might push for a transfer if Bayern come knocking. He could provide serious competition to David Alaba.

Jonathan Castro Otto

Age: 24

Current team: Celta Vigo

Nationality: Spain

Jonathan is one of the most promising defensive talents in football. He is a product of Celta Vigo youth academy, coming up from their youth ranks over the last few years.

This season he has played 32 times and most of them were as a left-back.

One thing that is worth noting is that he has played one game as a center-back and one game as a right-back.

Even though these were each only one games, he did fairly well.

Versatility is important, especially with a team like Bayern. He could potentially serve as a back-up to multiple players, which might help give him the playing time he would want.

He is a solid passer of the ball with an 83.8% success rate. He averages an excellent 2.9 tackles per game and 2.7 interceptions per game.

Offensively he contributes well with 2.5 long balls per game which is good, but he does only average 0.3 crosses and 0.2 through balls which could be better.

He is defensively a very solid player and he can play multiple areas of the pitch.

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