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Transfer roundup: Bayern Munich waiting on departures before further signings

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Bayern’s front office wants to see what funds can be collected from outbound players before making any more signings.

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Per the latest edition of SportBild, Bayern Munich is waiting to see which players depart the club before making further signings in the transfer window. The club has already secured Leroy Sané, Alexander Nübel, and Tanguy Nianzou, and Adrian Fein has returned from his loan spell at Hamburger SV.

Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Perisic, and Alvaro Odriozola have returned to their parent clubs (Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid) after a season-long loan stay at Bayern, so there is still space to fill with their departures. Hansi Flick has Sané, Serge Gnabry, and Kingsley Coman at his disposal as natural wingers, but he would like to add a fourth to the roster before the transfer window closes, and he has made this clear to sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and the rest of Bayern’s front office.

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Bayern had entertained the idea of purchasing Perisic on a permanent deal from Inter, but the Serie A side did not want to lower their asking price of €15-20 million, a fee Bayern was not willing to meet. Oliver Batista Meier was a player Flick had envisioned as a backup winger, but the youngster has now moved on to Heerenveen on a loan deal.

Thiago Alcantara was linked with a swap deal with Juventus for Douglas Costa, but only Italian outlets ran that highly implausible story. Despite Flick’s desire to add another winger, Uli Hoeness recently said that new signings aren’t necessarily needed at this time, and that Bayern can reassess the situation around Christmas time if the gap on them in the Bundesliga table has been closed.

It’s believed internally that both Thiago and Javi Martinez are on their way out of Bayern by the end of the transfer window. Both Spaniards would leave a void in Bayern’s midfield, Thiago in particular. Croatian international Marcelo Brozovic from Inter has been linked with a move to Bayern as a natural, defensive midfielder, but the 27-year-old took to social media earlier this month to affirm his allegiance to the Nerazzuri. Of course, there is already somewhat of an internal solution in the ranks, if/when both Thiago and Martinez leave, in the form of Corentin Tolisso, who still hasn’t quite hit his stride at Bayern.

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Finally, Flick also wants to add a right-back to back up Benjamin Pavard. Ajax’s Sergiño Dest is on the top of his list. Right now, the transfer fee is the biggest roadblock to Bayern’s acquisition of the 19-year-old American international. Ajax wants somewhere between €15-20 million for Dest, but Bayern does not want to exceed €10 million. From a tactical and depth perspective, adding a defensive reinforcement would give Flick a lot more flexibility, and he could even utilize Alphonso Davies as more of a winger at times if he needs to — something he’s done before. Pavard could also occasionally be asked to occupy a central defensive role as opposed to his usual right-back spot when Flick has to make rotations.

For the time being, Bayern is waiting until players actually leave the club and they know how much they will receive in transfer fees before making any new signings. In addition to both Thiago and Martinez, Sven Ulreich may also be sold, which would give Bayern even more funds. It’s not exactly ideal that they will play a handful of matches played before the transfer window closes, but every club has been forced to adapt to unforeseen circumstances because of the coronavirus.