Arminia Bielefeld’s goalkeeper Stefan Ortega was brought into the discussion as an alternative to Manuel Neuer last summer. The transfer ultimately failed due to the ambitions of the 30-year-old but also due to the fact that Bayern weren’t willing to spend money. A year later, Bayern are still keeping tabs on the goalkeeper.
„BILD“ newspaper reports that the negotiations between the two parties are at an advanced stage. The deal would be „virtually negotiated,“ the newspaper said. Ortega would be available on a free transfer in the summer as his contract at Arminia Bielefeld expires this year. The details of the offer are a three-year contract with an annual salary of 3.5 million euro.
From first-choice goalkeeper to bench warmer – Ortega still unsure
At Bielefeld, Ortega is between the posts every week. At Bayern Munich, there is no chance of overthrowing Neuer from being the first goalkeeper. Therefore, there is nothing agreed yet between Bayern and Ortega due to the uncertainty of Ortega’s playing time at Bayern.
Another obstacle: Bayer Leverkusen are also trying to get Ortega and talks have already taken place. As „Sky“ reports, Atletico Madrid tried to lure Ortega last summer as a second goalkeeper. Due to his Spanish ethnicity, Ortega could have Spain as his preferred destination. Sven Ulreich’s future would also depend on whether Ortega will join Bayern.
News #Ortega: Leverkusen is also interested! Talks have taken place. #FCBayern wants him too. He still has not made a decision. The 29 y/o is a free agent in summer. He would prefer to move to 🇪🇸. #AtleticoMadrid tried to get him last year as a no. 2 behind Oblak. @SkySportNews
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) March 11, 2022