Bayern Munich: Julian Nagelsmann could use smaller squad next season

The summer transfer window has been quiet for Bayern Munich. The German club wrapped up two crucial deals before the end of last season. Since completing the signings of Omar Richards and Dayot Upamecano, the club chiefs have repeatedly insisted that there will be no big signings due to financial stress caused by the pandemic.

New head coach Julian Nagelsmann also echoed the club’s thoughts during various interviews in the last couple of weeks. The German manager is eager to work with the world-class talent that is already present at the club and understands the difficulty in recruitment due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the club hierarchy has been impressed by the way Nagelsmann has conducted himself in the first few weeks. The German manager is tipped to sustain success at the club along with improving young players.

While talking to Kicker (via iMiaSanMia) this week, Julian Nagelsmann has explained the importance of maintaining a good environment in the squad. The German coach insisted that having a bigger squad has its disadvantages since leaving out players from matchday squads becomes difficult.

“If everyone stays fit, we’re absolutely competitive internationally. The past two years have shown that Bayern can keep up well with their squad.”

“From a footballing point of view, every coach would love to have two world-class teams. However, it would be difficult to tell players number 17,18, and 19 that they won’t be in the matchday squad. A good environment is more important than having 2 more players.”

Die Roten currently has enough options across the pitch. However, the quality of all options can be questionable. The right-back position remains a conundrum since Bouna Sarr has struggled to give adequate competition to Benjamin Pavard. Meanwhile, another winger could be a welcome addition after the departure of Douglas Costa.

Nagelsmann’s comments do suggest that Die Roten will try to make signings only when few players leave the club. The reports in Germany last week suggested that Rekordmeister is looking to cash in for five players in the current squad. As of now, these fringe players have a chance to impress Nagelsmann and stake a claim for a place in the squad.

Considering the impact of the pandemic on the finances of clubs, getting adequate fees for players is difficult. Die Roten has witnessed losses worth €150 million in the last 18 months. The German club wants to remain competitive across different competitions while achieving economic stability.

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With six weeks left in the transfer window and senior players returning from vacation, transfer activity could pick up. The German Champions might also look for opportunistic deals to enhance the squad. Julian Nagelsmann will be hoping that additions are made by keeping in mind that the environment around the squad is competitive and healthy. The German coach is currently looking forward to a pre-season friendly against Ajax on Saturday.