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Ron-Thorben Hoffmann could leave FC Bayern

By Matias Bengolo   @scpaderbornen

The young keeper has a price tag of one million euros.
Ron-Thorben Hoffmann.
Ron-Thorben Hoffmann.
Ron-Thorben Hoffmann hasn't had much of an opportunity in Bavaria. When 'second-choice' keeper Alexander Nübel was out on loan at Schalke 04, it was Sven Ulreich on the bench as backup to Manuel Neuer, a 31-year-old with no more potential. Nübel was a clear second choice this season and even made a couple of appearances towards the end of the season. Now, with rumors circulating that free-agent Ulreich is returning back to Bayern, things look bleak for Hoffmann as second choice looks unlikely for the Rostock-born.

At the age of 22, Hoffmann still hasn't made his debut for the senior team, only a couple of appearances at three International Champions Cups has given Hoffmann an inkling of hope towards finally breaking into the first team.

A poor season for Bayern II hasn't helped his case, and with relegation back to the Regionalliga, Ron-Thorben Hoffmann feels his time is up and he wants to move on.

According to leading German magazine Kicker, Hoffmann is "aiming for the next development step at another club". Bayern are ready to cash up, too. The goalkeeper's contract expires a year from now and The Bavarians think Hoffmann is too valuable to lose on a free transfer next summer.

Hoffmann is included in Stefan Kuntz's extended squad for the Olympics, he wants clarity before heading to Tokyo so expect quick progression in the transfer.

Bayern's stance is simple: pay €1 million and you can have Hoffmann. Any less and he will stay a Bayern player.

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