Transfer season always bring out some excitement, some disappointment, and a lot of discussion. When looking at the dozens of players that Bayern Munich has been linked to over the past year, you could make a fantastic starting XI just from that list.
As we sat down to think about our collective “Transfer Goals”, the BFW staff each picked which player they would most like to transfer in this summer.
Chuck Smith: Timo Werner, RB Leipzig
I know...big surprise, right? I was inclined to look very closely at Ajax’s Matthijs De Ligt, Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, Hertha Berlin’s Niklas Stark, and Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, but ultimately went with Timo Werner because I am just not sure how realistic the other options are for this summer. With Werner, I feel like this is a near done-deal and it’s a move that both parties want. I like Werner’s versatility and believe he can play out wide. I also think he can float between both central forward positions and the wings in Niko Kovac’s front four alignment. He has great pace and is physically much stronger than he’s given credit for. All that — packaged with great scoring ability — sounds like a good fit for Bayern to me. #TimoTime #TeamTimo
Ineednoname: Niklas Stark, Hertha Berlin
He is perfect for this team as a Javi Martinez successor; he has all the qualities we want. He’s calm, confident, and a great passer of the ball, and his defensive positioning is excellent. Like Javi, he plays at CB for Hertha, but the transition to DM should be seamless. Unfortunately, Bayern hasn’t been linked with him outside of one report, but he would be my dream transfer.
John N. Dillon: Leroy Sane, Manchester City
Sané is the perfect replacement for Franck Ribery. He’s young and incredibly talented, and he’s even German! It makes sense in so many ways, I can’t see the board letting him slip away yet again.
Phillip Quinn: Matthijs De Ligt, Ajax and Leroy Sane, Manchester City
I have two choices in Leroy Sane and Matthijs De Ligt. Bayern have the opportunity to fundamentally change their squad for the better and the possibility to make that last for a near-decade with two players. The signings of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard are very important for Bayern's future; however, the signing of De Ligt could solidify the backline for nearly a decade. As for Sane, you can never have enough world class wingers.
Berni15: Rodri, Atletico Madrid
The obvious answer is Leroy Sane and that is not wrong, but I’d really love to see Atletico Madrid’s defensive midfielder Rodri make the move to Munich. He’s excellent on the ball and brings a defensive bite that can truly add a new dimension the the Bavarian midfield. His distribution is world class and he would set the tempo well from deep, which would also free Thiago to serve in a more creative playmaking role. With Javi’s career winding to a close, he would be the perfect long term replacement as Bayern’s number 6.
LKChuggz: Leroy Sane, Manchester City
I believe that Sane can make Bayern even more dangerous. He has proven his worth at Manchester City. He also has experience playing at the national team with some of Bayern’s players. With all of this in mind, he should be able to make a big impact at the team from the get-go.
Marcus Iredahl: Leroy Sane, Manchester City
No brainer in my humble opinion. Would be a worthy replacement for Robbery. The timing seems perfect as well, coaches like Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho tend to let go of talents for personal reasons and if we can get Leroy Sane for around 100 million euros I’d be happy to break the bank for one of Germany’s best talents.
Brian Burton: Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen
With Bayern most likely letting James Rodriguez walk and Thomas Müller only getting older, we need to find another attacking midfielder that can both set up teammates and get it done himself. Kai Havertz is that guy. At just 19 years old, he’s become the first ever teenager to score 17 goals in the Bundesliga. A major plus is that he doesn’t just have to play in the middle. He can spread out wide if we need more depth behind our other wingers. What puts him over Leroy Sane for me is his versatility, and while Sane may only be 23, Havertz is a full four years younger. Get him here, Brazzo.
Tom Adams: Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen
Kai Havertz looks like he’s on pace to be the new face of German soccer and has already proven his mettle in the Bundesliga. The only question now is if he gets too big before Bayern can safley procure him. Surely, if Havertz continues his current trajectory, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, and others will all be looking for a German steal.
Who do you most want Bayern’s to bring in as a transfer this summer? Tell us in the poll below and also in the comments.
BFW postseason breakdown: The Player We Most Want to Transfer In
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Timo Werner, RB Leipzig
Leroy Sane, Manchester City
Matthijs de Ligt, Ajax
Rodri, Atletico Madrid
Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea
Niklas Stark, Hertha Berlin
Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen
Someone else - tell us in the comments