Bayern Munich has a great roster, but it could be even better with a transfer of a top-level talent. Below, our writers put their opinions down on what “realistic” option they would most like to see transfer in.
Give us your vote in the poll below and leave a comment with your own rationale or who YOU (realistically) would bring in.
Timo Werner. My first instinct is to add scoring depth on the wing and I think I would make a play for Timo Werner to fill that role on the wing; a position where he has experience from his time at VfB Stuttgart. I think Werner is a dynamo, who could do great things here as a wing before being the post-Robert Lewandowski plan at striker. If Werner isn’t available, give me Jann-Fiete Arp to develop in Munich and be the man at the “9” when Lewy’s contract is up.
Malcom. Tough one. Leon Bailey is who I want but he may not be realistic because of Rudi Völler. Bayern needs a young, FAST winger to be a starter next season, even after we bring Serge Gnabry back from loan. How about Malcom? He was linked to us.
Gareth Bale. I would like to see Bayern make a move for another winger who has already established themselves. The three names that come mind for me are Gareth Bale, Willian, and Eden Hazard. Bayern has a huge age gap on wingers when you go from Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery to Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry (Yes, Serge can play up top too, but if he’s not out on loan again next season, he’s a winger.). I’ve been a huge fan of Bale for years now, and I would personally love to see him in a Bayern jersey next season.
John N. Dillon
Leon Bailey. This is always hard for me. I spend all my time focusing on Bayern, that I really neglect the other leagues. The only standout transfer target in the Bundesliga that immediately occurs to me is Leon Bailey. I think the sky is the limit with him, but prying him away from Leverkusen and Rudi Völler isn’t very realistic. Outside the Bundesliga, I really couldn’t say. Maybe a Anthony Martial, maybe a Malcom.
Dominik Szoboszlai. The midfielder, from Red Bull Salzburg is a 6’ 1”, 17 year-old Hungarian youth international, who played on loan in 2017/18 for FC Liefering in the Austrian second division. Both his parent club, Salzburg, and Leifering are affiliated with Red Bull Leipzig of the Bundesliga. Szoboszlai played over 3,000 minutes in 2017/18 in all competitions, scoring 11 and assisting 12 more. RB Leipzig would be reluctant to let him go but Bayern could make them an offer they can’t refuse. The midfielder would have to go on loan for a year or two if Bayern signed him, but he has tremendous upside. Szoboszlai is currently valued at 500,000 Euros on Transfermarkt.
Jann-Fiete Arp. The 18-year-old wouldn’t cost a ton, compared to other potential signings, and could be loaned out for a year or two until he’s ready to contribute at Bayern. Robert Lewandowski won’t be around forever - though Bayern’s board seem set on making him stay at Bayern through the summer - and unless Bayern are willing to spend 100 € million on their next striker, Arp seems like the club’s best bet to develop into what they want and need for a reasonable price.
Paulo Dybala. I don’t know that prying Paulo Dybala out of Juventus’ hands is truly realistic but if Bayern could make that happen, he could be the piece that completes the Champions League puzzle. What struck me most about Bayern in the Champions League this year was how ineffective they were in front of the goal. I repeatedly saw people across the football internet listing the chances they let go through their hands in both legs against Real Madrid, I won’t bother to remind you here but I know you know what I am talking about. A goalscorer like Dybala could be just what they need to turn those missed opportunities into successful ones.
Florian Thauvin. I know we already heave both Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry coming in, but Thauvin is another attacking midfielder I would love to see in Bayern’s ranks. I think Kovac does well with younger players, and Thauvin would fit the mold quite well. His versatility to play both as a wide or central attacking midfielder would also make him a useful option for Bayern, especially having Coman and Gnabry playing on either flank in addition to Robben and Ribery. One could easily argue the differences between the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, but I think Thauvin has proven himself to be one of Europe’s top upcoming talents. 26 goals and 18 assists from 54 appearances speaks volumes for how much he’s been able to contribute to Marseille’s season that just narrowly saw them miss out on Champions League qualification for next season.
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