Corentin Tolisso will therefore not have had an official farewell to the Allianz-Arena. On May 14, while Bayern Munich is celebrating its tenth national title in a row with its supporters, it was agreed that the international midfielder (28 caps, 2 goals) will not receive the bouquet of flowers traditionally expected for players who are preparing to leave Bavaria. At that time, there was still talk of discussing with the Frenchman, but the negotiations would fail a few days later.
At the same time, the Munich leaders enlisted the young Dutch international Ryan Gravenberch (20 years old, 10 caps) from Ajax for some 20 million euros to strengthen their midfield and the Austrian international Konrad Laimer (25 years old, 24 caps) is expected to commit in the coming days from RB Leipzig for an even higher amount. Suffice to say that Oliver Kahn (chairman of the board of directors) and Hasan Salihamidzic (director of football) had been planning the future without Tolisso for long weeks.
His arrival on the banks of the Isar in August 2017 had been heavily publicized, he who had dethroned Javi Martinez at the time to become the most expensive transfer in the history of Bayern by landing from Lyon for 42.5 M € (since beaten by Lucas Hernandez with an €80m transfer from Atlético de Madrid in 2019). Julian Nagelsmann, the coach of the German club, appreciated his profile, even if Tolisso was often barred by the duo formed by Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka in front of the defense. Last season, he was unable to take advantage of the long unavailability of Goretzka (knee) to relaunch his favorite position as a midfielder and prove to officials that he deserves to extend his stay in Munich.
“His potential is fantastic, he deserves so much better”
The fault, as so often during his five years at Bayern, with an overly fragile body which has again betrayed him on several occasions since the winter break. Exasperated by his repeated glitches, he first violently punched the lawn of the Allianz-Arena against promoted Greuther Fürth (4-1) on February 20, when he suffered a muscle tear in a thigh before the break, then in Friborg (4-1) on April 2: only a quarter of an hour after coming into play, he had relapsed. Taking advantage of a general confusion linked to a refereeing error, he returned to the locker room without anyone realizing it, once again terribly marked by yet another injury. For his final exercise across the Rhine, Tolisso’s record is not rosy, with only nine tenures in the Championship and three in the Champions League.
“Coco has a big mind, he never gives up anything, Nagelsmann had welcomed at the beginning of the spring. His dynamism, his energy and his forward projections are precious, but his body betrays him too often and he is suddenly slowed down in full swing, which fully justifies his emotional reactions when he gets injured. His potential is fantastic, he deserves so much better. »