Bayern Munich sign Serdar Tasci from Spartak Moscow
Bayern Munich have signed Serdar Tasci on loan from Spartak Moscow, the Bundesliga champions have announced.
Tasci, capped 14 times for Germany, has Bundesliga experience having played for Stuttgart until he moved to Russia in 2013, and is expected to offer cover for the recently injured Jerome Boateng.
"We’re delighted at the opportunity to bring a player like Serdar Tasci to FC Bayern at short notice,” Matthias Sammer told Bayern's official website.
The former Stuttgart man joins on loan until the end of the season at which point Bayern can sign the 28-year-old on a permanent deal should they wish.
“I’m feeling very good and I’m really looking forward to the new challenge. I hope I can be of assistance to the team,” added Tasci.
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Tasci cannot be a replacement for Boateng, as he hasn’t played at the highest levels the last few years. Had Boateng been the only injured player in defence, they wouldn’t have done the deal. However, they are also currently missing Javi Martinez and Medhi Benatia has struggled with injuries.
The Tasci deal does not represent a big risk as he is relatively cheap (2,5 million euros for the loan and Bayern can sign him permanently at the end of the season should he perform well). With the Martinez injury on top Bayern needed to act. Also, Tasci can play in the Champions League which is an added bonus.
He has played 12 Champions League games for VfB Stuttgart at the end of the last decade. As a former national team player (14 caps) he should have enough experience but there is a question mark however regarding his fitness, as he has had some problems with his knee.
The deal makes sense and it is a big opportunity for Tasci.