Bayern Munich relying on big departures for spending spree

Bayern Munich may have to send stars to fund spending this summer. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich may have to send stars to fund spending this summer. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

It has been a solid summer transfer window for Bayern Munich. They concluded one of the most high-profile deals of the summer in Sadio Mane before the start of the pre-season. The Bavarian club has also addressed the midfield and right-back area by signing Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui, respectively.

After clinching the three deals before pre-season, Die Roten is working on an ambitious deal to sign Mathijs De Ligt from Juventus. The Dutch defender might even end up breaking Bayern’s transfer record since Juventus is looking to get €90 million for him.

The impressive spending from Rekordmeister this summer may come at an expense. According to Kicker, the spending from Die Roten is mainly down to the possible high-profile departures later in this window.

Robert Lewandowski is the most obvious big player who could leave Bavaria this summer. The Polish striker has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona. The Spanish club has already made three bids for him, but Die Roten insists that he is not going anywhere. The reports from Germany suggest that Bayern may part ways with Lewandowski if Barcelona comes up with an offer of €60 million.

Apart from Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry may well end up on the market if he doesn’t agree to a new deal with Bayern. Gnabry’s departure is not a certainty since Die Roten is confident about reaching an agreement with him over a new deal. There could be some substance to this theory from Kicker, but there are several reasons to suggest that Die Roten could end the window without selling big players.

Die Roten adopted a very cautious approach in the last two summer transfer window when the club suffered losses due to the pandemic. The German’s club’s revenue was back on the upward trajectory after fans returned to Allianz Arena last season. The cautious approach in the last two transfer windows and return to normality after the pandemic gives  Rekordmeister more room to strengthen the squad.

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Moreover, Rekordmeister has done a good bit of business in terms of sales this summer. The departures of Marc Roca and Omar Richards have effectively recouped the transfer fee paid for Gravenberch.  Moreover, more funds are likely to be raised with the possible departures of Chris Richards, Bouna Sarr, and Joshua Zirkzee later in the window.

The departures of Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso also give Die Roten room for new arrivals. Even if De Ligt ends up arriving in Bavaria, Die Roten will not have an exorbitant net spend for the summer.