Dayot Upamecano, a Frenchman who was forced to withdraw from the current international break with a hamstring injury, will be absent from the Bundesliga’s heavyweights for a number of weeks. Matthijs de Ligt has also been dealing with a knee ailment.
Youngster Tarek Buchmann has also been sidelined due to a torn muscle, leaving Thomas Tuchel’s sole fit and available senior center-back to be summer recruit Kim Min-jae.
Due to this, Bayern has looked into prospective free agency additions. Despite exercising with the team earlier this month, a move for former player Jerome Boateng was finally rejected.
Since leaving Olympiacos in the summer, the retired Greek international has been a free agent, and Bayern is only able to sign players who are now without a club since the transfer market is closed.
Sokratis turned down a last-week approach from Real Betis as he waits to see if Bayern would intensify their interest because he would leap at the chance to play for the German champions.
Bayern is awaiting more information on their injury issue, with Upamecano perhaps out for up to six weeks even though De Ligt has resumed training.
Sokratis, 35, played at Dortmund between 2013 and 2018 before departing to join Arsenal. Tuchel is rumored to be a huge fan of the Greek defender and collaborated with him throughout that period.
Since July, Sokratis has had several offers, but he wanted to leave his options open in case a major club needed an emergency center-back, which is precisely what has occurred.
His coverage would only be anticipated to last through January, as Bayern is set to make a transfer market raid when the window reopens.
Trevoh Chalobah of Chelsea, another player Tuchel is familiar with from their time together at Stamford Bridge, was a late addition by the German giants in the summer. The west Londoners are eager to recoup their investment in a player who is viewed as surplus to requirements, so that deal may be rekindled.
While Sokratis struggled through a trying 2.5 years at Arsenal before his contract was terminated in January 2021, he experienced somewhat of a comeback with Olympiacos, where he made 94 appearances.