After two seasons filled with injury crisis to some of Bayern Munich's most important players, this summer was going to be about how the club could address the health of their aging players by bringing in new blood. Bayern will likely be active in the transfer window but the degree to which they can add quality options to their team in a transfer window that's shaping up to be relatively shallow in terms of high-end quality will be a concern. Right now, some of their best options look to be off the table entirely and it's not even June yet.
One of those options is Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan. The 24-year-old German international has been one of the most dynamic and important players for Dortmund when healthy (a chronic back injury derailed most of his 2013/2014 season). With the summer shakeup coming with the departure of Jurgen Klopp, Gundogan has already suggested he could be on his way out. He is a player who makes sense for Bayern as a replacement long-term and can make an immediate impact on this team.
What could throw a wrench into that idea is a BILD report that Gundogan is searching for a wage package well in excess of €6.5 million. This is a figure he supposedly would have earned had he signed an extension at Borussia Dortmund. The report from BILD further states Bayern are very hesitant to drop that amount of money -- on top of whatever transfer fee Dortmund requires -- for a player just a year removed from a chronic back injury. With one of Gundogan's largest suitors being FC Barcelona -- who are currently under a transfer ban -- they note that Gundogan may just wait to leave on a free transfer next summer.
Adding to the developing pile, the heavily-linked Kevin de Bruyne will likely also not be an option for Matthias Sammer and Pep Guardiola. Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs revealed German television show Doppelpass, the playmaker will not be for sale this summer.
"I am going to designate him as not for sale at this point in time," he said. "I am 100 percent certain he will play for us next year."
The Belgian international broke the all-time Bundesliga assists record this season en route to leading Wolfsburg to the Champions League which should say everything about how highly thought of he is in Wolfsburg, even if Klaus Allofs had not chosen to voice his sentiments. However, Allofs did not rule out selling de Bruyne a year from now.
"I cannot say what it will be in a year," he said. "He has a contract until 2019, but in Football things develop so rapidly one cannot say. It will crucially depend on how we advance as a club and a team. Whether we present well in the Champions League."
It is not likely that de Bruyne will be a necessary option for Bayern next year though, as Bayern Munich need reinforcement at several key positions. Most notably another high quality attacking midfield option behind the aging duo of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben and that's a need that Bayern Munich can ill afford to put off for another calendar year.
"I always hear that Bayern has to plan the roster for the coming years. But we're not sitting here with a Playstation and playing FIFA 2015," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Tuesday. "A proper roster plan is done for one season, not for three or five seasons."
Bayern need players this summer. De Bruyne and Gundogan may not be available.