Hasan Salihamidzic admits that Bayern Munich are unlikely to do business in the upcoming winter transfer window.
Bayern Munich will now get a much-needed break to recharge their batteries ahead of a challenging second half of the season. The Bavarians ended the year on a positive note with a scratchy 2-0 win against Wolfsburg on Saturday.
There have been many injury problems for Die Roten in the past couple of months. This break will allow these players to step up their recovery process and be ready to join up the first team at the winter training camp in Doha.
While the players will get a breather before the winter training camp, the club chief may start pondering about transfers during the winter transfer market. The German club has glaring weaknesses in the squad, but it remains to be seen whether they look forward to addressing in January.
Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern’s Sporting Director, is pessimistic about making additions to the squad in January. Speaking to Sky Sports on Saturday (via Fox Sports), Salihamidzic refused to talk about Leroy Sane and insisted that the winter transfer window is a difficult time to do business.
“It’s not good to speak about players from other clubs.”
“We will leave all options open for us in the transfer market, but I don’t think much will happen.”
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In the past couple of weeks, it has been widely reported in Germany that Sane wants to join Bayern in January. The German winger was a prime transfer target for Bayern in summer, but a serious knee injury in August scuppered the move.
Sane is still determined to join Bayern as he has refused to sign a new contract at Manchester City, forcing the English club to listen to offers for him in summer. The ideal scenario for Bayern will be to sign Sane in summer as Man City are likely to demand a higher fee in January. Moreover, the German winger still needs a couple of months to completely recover from the knee injury.
Apart from Sane, Bayern has been linked with right-backs ahead of the January transfer window. The injury to Javi Martinez on Saturday is likely to force Benjamin Pavard to play in central defense. Bayern needs Joshua Kimmich in midfield, so signing a right-back may become a necessity.
Moreover, the future of Jerome Boateng at the club is uncertain as he reportedly wants to leave the club in summer. It will be interesting to see whether Die Roten become proactive in January or wait till summer to get their key transfer targets for a lesser fee.