FC Bayern Munich transfer review: Key areas have been addressed

FC Bayern Munich players celebrating against Schalke at Allianz Arena. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
FC Bayern Munich players celebrating against Schalke at Allianz Arena. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) /
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Arrivals- Adding quality and depth

It was clear as day that Leroy Sane was the priority target for Bayern Munich this summer. The German Champions couldn’t sign him last summer due to a serious knee injury. This summer they didn’t want to risk any injury, so the transfer was concluded at the start of July. Sane didn’t even complete the season with Manchester City and started training at Sabner Strasse.

The central defense was not an important area to address this summer since there were many players at Hansi Flick’s disposal in this position. However, the availability of Tanguy Kouassi forced Die Roten to act. The French defender is one of the best U21 center-backs in Europe. Bayern decided to beat competition from several clubs to sign Kouassi on a free transfer. Alexander Nubel also completed his move to Bavaria early in July.

The European Champions were quiet in the market for two months after three transfers at the start of July. They were interested in signing Sergino Dest from Ajax, but Barcelona won the race. Andrej Kramaric was also linked with a move to Bavaria as the German club wanted to provide cover for Robert Lewandowski.

In the final two days of the window, Die Roten moved quickly to address right-back and striker positions. They completed a deal for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on a free transfer to provide cover for Lewandowski, while Bouna Sarr arrived from Marseille to compete with Benjamin Pavard in the right-back position.

Bayern were also interested in adding a winger to the squad. They had a loan bid rejected for Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi. Die Roten eventually decided to bring Douglas Costa from Juventus on a season-long loan deal. The midfield department was also bolstered in the final weekend of the window by signing Marc Roca from Espanyol. The Spanish midfielder was Die Roten’s transfer target last summer, but the two clubs couldn’t reach an agreement over the transfer fee. On the deadline day, Bayern also brought in Tiago Dantas on a one-year loan deal from Benfica. The youngster is likely to get few games in the first team, but the majority of playing time will be in the reserves team.