Reported Arsenal target Corentin Tolisso has been urged to consider his future at Bayern Munich by fellow French World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu, as quoted by AZ.
German outlet Fussball Transfers claimed in May that the Gunners were monitoring the 25-year-old midfielder, whose future at the Allianz Arena is uncertain.
Tolisso moved to Bayern from Lyon for a then club-record £40 million deal three years ago, but his time in Bavaria hasn’t exactly been the most fruitful.
A series of injuries have seen him fall down the pecking order, behind the likes of Thiago, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.
Although Tolisso has made a fairly reasonable 68 appearances to date for Bayern, just eight Bundesliga starts have come since the start of the 2018-19 season.
Lizarazu, a 1998 World Cup winner who won five Bundesliga titles in two spells at Bayern, feels that a split may be unavoidable at this stage.
“At a club like Bayern, you have to be a great fighter,” the 50-year-old told AZ.
“Tolisso is a very good player. If he believes he doesn’t have a chance (to play) and doesn’t feel good, it would perhaps be better to try out something new. That sometimes happens in a career.
“After a long injury, it always takes a long time until you are as strong as before. And if Joshua Kimmich and Thiago play as well as in this second half of the season, you will have a hard time getting there (back in the team).”
Tolisso is a high-calibre box-to-box midfielder, a great mix of silk and steel with an eye for goal who would bolster any team and would be a superb asset for the Gunners on his day.
Indeed, he also has a soft spot for Arsenal – in 2017, he is quoted by Football London as saying: “Many clubs make me dream like Real Madrid, Barcelona and England with teams like Arsenal.
“I like the Premier League and I think I am well suited to it. It is the league that offers the most competition, it is the most open, the most hard-fought and the most spectacular.”
However, his fitness record would surely be a concern for Mikel Arteta, particularly given how restricted Arsenal’s budget is likely to be this summer and how frugally they’ll have to spend.