Bayern Munich may have to look at short term signings

Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich may have to be creative in the next two transfer windows.

Earlier this week, Mario Gotze confirmed that he could have joined Bayern Munich in the summer. The German international was linked with a move to Bavaria after his contract at Borussia Dortmund came to an end. However, a move didn’t materialize. In the upcoming windows, Die Roten may have to complete such type of transfers.

Die Roten recently recorded losses since there has been no matchday revenue due to games being played behind closed doors. The German Champions were active in the transfer market last summer, but Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told AZ last week that there are unlikely to be any big transfers for Bayern next summer.

In such a scenario, Bayern will have to be creative with transfers to make sure that rivals don’t take giant strides towards them. Someone like Gotze for a free transfer could become a much bigger possibility next summer. Along with free transfers, Die Roten may also explore the loan market for quality players.

Die Roten is used to juggling financial stability and the development of the first team in the transfer window for many years. Bayern has remained calm and looked at short term alternatives whenever they have failed to sign primary transfer targets. This approach helps them to be successful in the present without compromising long-term goals.

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In 2017, Bayern negotiated a two-year loan deal for James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. The Colombian did blow hot and cold during his stay in Bavaria, but he managed to come up with vital contributions to win two Bundesliga titles in a row.

After Rodriguez’s departure, Die Roten failed to sign top target Leroy Sane from Manchester City. They once again looked at the loan market and completed temporary deals for Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic. Both players ended up playing a very big role in the treble-winning campaign, further highlighting the success of Die Roten’s reactive approach in the market.

The reactive approach in the transfer market is not always the ideal one. However, the current circumstances demand clubs to be more street smart in the market rather than sticking to signing first-choice transfer targets.

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Along with the loan market, Die Roten may also look at swap deals to bring in players for essential roles and part ways with players that are surplus to needs. Bayern cannot stand still as the competition in Europe is ruthless, so it will not a surprise if they come up with deals such as Coutinho, James, and Perisic next year.