German giants Bayern Munich are not the force they once were in European football, with players Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben leaving in recent years and talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski now the ‘wrong side of 30’.
Like it has for many clubs around Europe, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit several clubs financially and as a result, has had negative effects on the transfer window this summer.
Bayern Munich, though, having won the Bundesliga for the last nine seasons, will be keen to make it 10 consecutive seasons, and it could well be, they make this their biggest priority for 2021/22, even possibly disregarding the Champions League.
However, recruitment is still being considered a priority. So far in the transfer window, their only statement signing has been highly talented 22-year-old centre back Dayot Upemacano from RB Leipzig for £38.25 million – the deal being agreed in February.
It is being anticipated though that it could be a busy end to the transfer window for the German champions and have been linked with a handful of players, while there could also be departures.
The latest reports have seen them being linked with Juventus’ Brazilian right-back Danilo (previously of Manchester City), with Die Roten understood to be in the market for a right-sided defender and respected Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio also reporting this.
However, the stumbling block could well arrive in the form of the fee that Juventus are thought to be asking, with this being in the region of £30 million – a considerable amount for a player who recently turned 30.
Any other Bayern business?
It is understood that the club is also willing to listen to offers for versatile midfielder Corentin Tolisso, with the Frenchman reportedly attracting interest from Premier League outfit West Ham United – £10 million understood to be the required fee.
The Bavarian club aims to return to RB Leipzig for Austrian playmaker Marcel Sabitzer and sell Tolisso, along with Mikael Cuisance who spent last season on loan at Marseille also understood to be surplus to requirements.
They have also expressed interest in highly sought-after striker Erling Braut Haaland, who is at rivals Borussia Dortmund; however, he will likely stay where he is for one more season.
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