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Hasan Salihamidzic explained how Bayern are approaching squad planning and balance

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Keeping a well balanced and happy squad is priority number one for Brazzo and Bayern Munich.

FC Bayern Muenchen Unveils New Signing Benjamin Pavard
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 12: sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic of FC Bayern Muenchen looks on during a press conference to announce new signing Benjamin Pavard at Allianz Arena on July 12, 2019 in Munich, Germany.
FC Bayern Muenchen Unveils New Signing Benjamin Pavard MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 12: sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic of FC Bayern Muenchen looks on during a press conference to announce new signing Benjamin Pavard at Allianz Arena on July 12, 2019 in Munich, Germany.
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We’re a few weeks into the summer transfer window, and Bayern Munich have still only made one signing during that period — Fiete Arp. Of course, both Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard had already been secured before the window opened, and Bayern have until September 2nd to complete any new signings.

In his press conference with Pavard (via kicker), sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic explained how the club are planning to keep a well-balanced squad and keep everyone happy for the upcoming campaign.

When asked about Bayern’s transfer activity thus far, Brazzo implored everyone to be patient. Manchester City’s Leroy Sane has been the number one transfer target for Bayern and a deal would have to be reached for him by August 8th, when the Premier League transfer window officially closes. In a player like Sane, Salihamidzic reiterated, Bayern are looking for quality over quantity. They’d rather sign a world class player than be worried about the number of signings they make in one window:

To build our team means to bring in something special. We are working on a couple things.

Additionally, Salihamidzic said that they would rather have a slim squad to ensure that the majority of the players are kept happy. With too many players in the squad, he feels, players might feel left out and not a part of the team, which is something the club really want to try and avoid:

The idea of planning the lineup is to have flexible players who are multi-faceted and can play a variety of positions. This requires high accountability from each player and a high appreciation for each player at the same time. Nobody should feel like "number 25" on the team, that is important.

With multiple players that can play a handful of different positions like Joshua Kimmich, Javi Martinez, Thomas Muller, and Lucas Hernandez, Bayern are able to have more flexibility with less players, in theory. The only concern with that logic would be injuries; both Kingsley Coman and Hernandez have a track record of missing a lot of matches due to injury problems, but that’s certainly something that the club are more than acutely aware of.

With everything Brazzo said in this press conference, it really seems that the club have a lot of faith in the players they already have and really don’t feel the need to make many more signings other than Sane, or potentially one of their “plan b’s” for him.