According to German magazine Kicker, Bayern Munich star Sebastian Rode could be on his way to rivals VfL Wolfsburg.
Rode only arrived at the Allianz Arena last summer, coming in on a free-transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt. Although he was not initially expected to play much of a role upon arriving, Rode has exceeded expectations and has been impressive whenever called upon for action.
With Wolfsburg competing in the Champions League next season, it makes sense that the club would want to add extra depth to cope with the rigours of three competitions.
General Manager Klaus Allofs stated: “Now we want to go to the next level. We want to improve and play an important role in the Champions League.”
Sebastian Rode very well could be the man to help the club make that next step.
However, Bayern may be unwilling to let Rode go, especially to one of their closest domestic rivals. With Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Xabi Alonso all in their 30s, Rode, aged 24, remains integral for the long-term future of the team.
In addition, with Mario Götze’s future becoming increasingly uncertain, along with the unreliability of injury-prone Spanish midfielders Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara, Bayern may be keen to retain some of their squad depth.
Wolfsburg have alternatively targeted Borussia Dortmund’s İlkay Gündoğan, FSV Mainz’s Johannes Geis and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka.