Bayern Munich eyeing smarter approach in next few transfer windows

Oliver Kahn is expecting Bayern Munich to be smarter in next few transfer windows. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Oliver Kahn is expecting Bayern Munich to be smarter in next few transfer windows. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

The last two transfer windows have been unique across the world due to the adverse impact of the pandemic. Clubs have been recording losses since games were postponed and then eventually played behind closed doors. Bayern Munich was no different as they had to satisfy with a loan deal and cheap transfers last summer, excluding long-term target Leroy Sane.

The upcoming summer transfer window is going to be even more difficult since the entire season there have been no fans in stadiums. Lack of matchday revenue has seen all clubs struggle throughout the season. The richer clubs still have some room to spend, but even their hands are going to be tied this summer.

Die Roten has already concluded one major deal by reaching an agreement with RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. There are still few areas that need addressing in the current squad as it is set to lose some vital experienced players at the end of the season.

However, all areas cannot be addressed in the one window for Rekordmeister. While talking to SportBild (h/t iMiaSanMia) on Tuesday, Bayern board member Oliver Kahn admitted that they will have to be much smarter and more efficient in the upcoming few windows due to the impact of the pandemic.

"“When I joined the board a year and a half ago, the financial situation was different to today. In the next few years, we have to be very smart on the transfer market. It will be about taking the opportunities very quickly. It’s going to be a very tough task.”"

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Rekordmeister is known for being efficient and swift in the transfer window. For most of the last decade, as soon as they have identified a target, the deal was wrapped in no time. They have also avoided being in bidding wars. Until 2019, the record fee paid by the club for just over €40 million. The new record fee is much higher as they had to active release clause of Lucas Hernandez in 2019 to improve options in central defense.

Last summer was an anomaly for Die Roten as they were scrambling to complete deals at the end of the window. They completed four signings in the final few days of the transfer window. Few of these transfers, such as Douglas Costa, Bouna Sarr, and Marc Roca, failed to deliver this season.

Central midfielder is reportedly on the club’s agenda this summer. They will have to move quickly and sort transfers before the pre-season to make sure Julian Nagelsmann has the chance to implement his system.

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Kahn also confirmed that the transfer budget has significantly decreased after clinching the signing of Upamecano. He also ruled out a potential move for BVB forward Erling Haaland. The former German goalkeeper also insisted that nothing has been decided about the future of Alexander Nubel. The former Schalke goalkeeper has been heavily linked with Lille this week.