Bayern Munich made most out of difficult transfer window

Hasan Salihamidzic did a fine job for Bayern Munich during difficult summer window. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Hasan Salihamidzic did a fine job for Bayern Munich during difficult summer window. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) /

Even though the pandemic has severely created a financial drain for clubs across Europe, the recently concluded summer transfer window saw some record-breaking and fascinating transfers. While the Premier League clubs and Paris Saint-Germain spent a lot of money, Bayern Munich did adopt an alternate route after suffering losses worth €150 million in the last 18 months.

The major business done by Die Roten in terms of incomings this summer is as follows:

  • Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)- Transfer Fee: €42.50 million
  • Omar Richards (Reading FC)- Free Transfer
  • Sven Ulreich (Hamburger SV)- Free Transfer
  • Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig)- Transfer Fee: €15 million

Transfer Fee courtesy: Transfermarkt

Going into the summer window, Die Roten needed a center-back since David Alaba and Jerome Boateng were leaving the club on a free transfer. The German Champions moved decisively before the end of last season to sign Dayot Upamecano.

The French center-back has been one of the best young defenders in Europe in the last two campaigns. Moreover, he had a fairly decent and affordable release clause. Rekordmeister’s decisive approach helped them to beat other clubs for his signings.

Richards and Ulreich improve the depth of the squad without transfer fee investment. The English full-back will provide cover for Alphonso Davies, while Ulreich will be backup for Manuel Neuer until Alexander Nubel returns from a two-year loan spell at Monaco in 2024.

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The midfield situation was tricky for Rekordmeister. As per multiple reports, the Bavarian club was interested in Gladbach’s Florian Neuhaus. However, the German midfielder would have been very expensive. Since there was no movement on sales for Die Roten due to a depressed market, the club had to look for a cheaper solution in the midfield.

The defending Bundesliga Champions eventually decided to sign Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig. The versatile midfielder will provide depth and quality across numerous positions. Moreover, he is in the prime of his career with vital experience of working with Julian Nagelsmann in the last two seasons. Since Die Roten didn’t sign a winger, Sabitzer can also fill in that role if needed, as he has played as a narrow right midfielder in the past.

The right-back position needed addressing, but the emergence of Josip Stanisic made sure that Die Roten didn’t have to dip in the market for a new defender. Overall, all signings made by Die Roten make sporting and economic sense. Obviously, fans would have loved more signings, but these four arrivals strengthen the team to challenge on all fronts. Even though they have lost three experienced players, Hasan Salihamidzic has done a fine job this summer to strengthen the squad with the right profiles of players.

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Most importantly, Rekordmeister has also done an important bit of business this summer by securing the futures of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. The two German midfielders will be playing a big role in the club’s success in the coming years. Overall, the Bavarian faithful should be pleased with the club’s effective and efficient approach in a difficult transfer window. Bayern Strikes would give 7/10 to the summer window. If the club had found a way to get a transfer fee for fringe players, then it would have been a near-perfect window.