The Bayern Munich hierarchy has made it clear that the squad size must be reduced before any new signings will be considered. According to a report from TZ, Niko Kovač is looking for a “defensive sprinter” to enable more tactical flexibility for the Bavarians.
With Boateng, Süle and ... David Alaba there are only three defenders in the Reds’ squad that one might call “defensive sprinters.” According to Kicker, the coach therefore is not opposed to signing another fast defender. In addition to pace, the flexibility to play in either a back three or back four would be the highest priority. The reason: Kovač wants to be able to switch between both formations even during a game.
Increased tactical flexibility can only benefit Bayern, especially in the Champions League, where a tactical shift may be a welcome change if the Bavarian giants are to get over the hump of Spanish teams in the knockout rounds.
TZ also claims that before Kovač can pursue his desired targets, the Bayern bosses will require at least two departures. Considering the recent revelation regarding Thiago’s future, the report names Juan Bernat, Arturo Vidal or Jerome Boateng as the most likely departures. Transfer rumors involving these three have circulated all summer and with the World Cup coming to a close, silly season is sure to pick up speed.
Despite Bayern’s willingness to listen to offers for Boateng, his departure seems unlikely in light of the report’s claim that Kovac wants a “defensive sprinter” in addition to Boateng, Sule and Alaba.
Although Kovac is reported to appreciate the “combative qualities” of Vidal, the Chilean and Bernat look the most likely to be plying their trade away from the Bavarian Capital. With an overcrowded midfield and a new style of play, there is sure to be some turnover in the coming months.
Who should make way for Kovac’s needs? Who do you want Bayern to bring in?