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Report: Bayern Munich set to bring in five new players this summer

Bayern Munich is reportedly set to bring in five new players this summer, including the confirmed Robert Lewandowski, in an attempt to give Pep Guardiola the side he needs to bring the treble back to the Allianz Arena.

Alex Grimm

According to a report in TZ, Bayern Munich are planning on bringing in five new players this summer.

Five. New. Players.

Here's how many players Bayern Munich currently have and already can't find enough minutes for. 23

Here's how many are confirmed to be leaving this summer. 1

Here's how many players they've already signed. 2

If those 5 new additions include Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode (and it's reported to include Lewandowski), who have already been signed, then we're looking at bringing in three more players.The report specifically mentions that Bayern Munich are pursuing two midfield options and two defensive options (in addition to Lewandowski), while calling out both David Luiz and Aymeric Laporte as options in defense who have previously been mentioned in conjunction with Bayern Munich (no midfielders were named in the report).

Those additions would bring the final tally at Bayern Munich to 27 players on the team. So, either Bayern Munich are going to be the most aggressive team in the loan market this side of Chelsea or we're looking at the prospect of a significant number of players leaving this summer.

While Daniel Van Buyten is certainly leaving, the team is getting Holgeer Badstuber back from injury so that basically helps nothing in terms of minutes, and the only other obvious candidate for leaving is the Peruvian hair god. But Claudio Pizarro has been an incredibly dynamic player and a very valuable cog for this Bayern Munich when he's seen the pitch. He's worthy of another year if the team want a depth striker behind Lewandowski and Mandzukic and his semi-new-found ability to play in central midfield further accentuates his value . Other then that it's hard to see who's coming and going besides addressing some potential depth changes as players like Diego Contento and Xherdan Shaqiri have been linked with moves away.

The other, and significantly more terrifying, idea is if these reported new additions don't include Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode. At that point, adding five new players starts to be more then just shuffling depth pieces or grabbing young project-type players for a few years from now. Given new Bayern Munich CFO Jan-Christian Dreesen's statements to the effect that Bayern Munich are going to spare no expense in going after new players for their team, the ugly idea is that Bayern Munich are going to completely re-tool this team for Pep Guardiola.

Think about the players who struggled this season and have significant questions about their ability to fit into Pep Guardiola's possession-based system: Franck Ribery: Mario Mandzukic: Bastian Schweinsteiger: Javi Martinez. A re-tooling might mean losing some of the world's very best players in their respective positions. Is that something Bayern Munich really needs to be doing? While the possibility that this occurs is unlikely, it's mere presence should be enough to start making Bayern Munich fans nervous.

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