While all the talk has been pertaining to the new coach Nico Kovac that Bayern have appointed to replace the irreplaceable Mr. Bayern himself, we delve into the transfers that the club will probably be doing this summer.
Not going into specific players or options that Bayern need to look out for in every department, this is an overview of what the Bavarians require and should be pursuing.
This is the first name that comes to mind when we talk about players leaving the club. Bernat started off as a great young talent with huge potential but did not live up to expectations and Bayern should consider selling him off back to Spain for a reasonable price.
Sebastian Rudy/ Rafinha
Although I would prefer keeping Rafinha over Rudy, I get the feeling that at least one of the two will be moving. If Rafinha moves out, then Rudy needs to stay and transform his role into a rotational full-back. Also if Rudy goes then Rafinha must be held onto tightly and continue being the underrated star.
Arguably the biggest transfer failure of the modern Bayern era is the arrival of Renato Sanches. He has been so out of form recently that even Swansea consider him to be a burden. He needs to be shipped away to a place where he gets more game time and might still become a better player (fingers crossed) so Bayern can sell him for at least half the price they bought him for.
A great signing for Juventus and Bayern should easily recover the money they paid for his services if not make a profit from his sale.
Arjen Robben and Frank Ribéry should both be given a one-year, considering that Bayern do not really have two successors ready to take over completely. Coman is what you would consider as someone who can fill the shoes on the left, but the right still needs work. Coman is also, unfortunately, injury prone.
Both Arjen Robben and Frank Ribéry should be clearly informed of their role as mentors who will be playing bit-part roles and might be on the bench in important games. This information should also be announced publicly to ensure that the dressing room and fans are unaffected.
Bayern should look to sign promising youngster Arp and loan him to another Bundesliga team for at least one year.
Freidl is a great prospect for the future and many consider him a bigger potential than David Alaba himself. In spite of being loaned for two years, I reckon he should be recalled earlier to be a part of Bayern’s squad as a rotational full-back in the absence of Juan Bernat.
Goreztka is a great signing that Bayern have pulled off and this young German midfielder boosts the midfield options, with Rudy/Rafinha making place.
Let’s be realistic, Tom Starke cannot continue forever. Bayern are left without a number three goalkeeper behind the world’s best Neuer and the world’s best replacement goalkeeper, Sven Ulreich. Game time might be minimal for such a player, but a young talent can grow under the shadow of Neuer.
Hoffenheim’s current star, winger Serge Gnabry, will be coming to Bayern and hopefully will fit right in. He is young, talented, quick and has good dribbling skills. He needs to work on his finishing and crossing a bit more, but if he comes of age, then we could see Bayern transitioning successfully into the post-Robbery era.
Realistically speaking, one cannot really rely on Serge Gnabry pulling a Robben off in each match. A young, talented, albeit a little expensive player should be the priority for Die Roten. Bayern have been scouting many targets including Leverkusen’s superfast Jamaican, Leon Bailey,Bordeaux’ss dribbling maestro Malcolm and Sporting Lisbon’s trickster, Gelson Martins.
Knowing Bayern, they might just pull out something totally unexpected from the hat, so we need to wait, watch and hope for the best.
While there is no hurry to purchase the Colombian playmaker, Bayern could just look at making his signing permanent sooner than later. I would recommend not buying him now as he is a little injury prone and there simply is no hurry in paying Madrid.
Ok, I know this deal is never happening and I even know that it is not even necessary, but he gets a mention out of sheer respect for this young talent.
I believe Bayern must sign him and secure his services as soon as possible and not lose out. RB Leipzig are not a selling club, though. Despite other Leipzig stars taking the headlines, the player that has constantly impressed me is the super young and super talented Upamecano. He is going to be one of the best defenders in the world in the future and Bayern could buy him at a reasonable price as of now.
These transfers might never happen and I might be completely wrong, but the octopus in my head says this seems to be the movement that will take place this season (except Upamecano).