The next few weeks will be heavily dominated by transfer reports as the winter window is set to begin in just over a month. Bayern Munich is expected to be quiet in January, but the Bavarian club will be consistently linked with various players.
The winter transfer window is going to be dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward is a free agent right now after Manchester United parted ways with him a few days ago on a mutual agreement. Ronaldo is expected to be offered to various top clubs in Europe during the winter transfer window.
Bayern is expected to strengthen the attack in the summer, so Ronaldo is expected to be offered to the club. He was linked with a move to Bavaria, but the German club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic quickly poured cold water on a possible transfer.
The Bavarian club has adopted a similar approach for the winter window. While talking to Sky Sports Germany this week (via Fabrizio Romano), Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn ruled out a move for Ronaldo in January. The former German goalkeeper spoke glowingly about Ronaldo, but the Portuguese star doesn’t fit into Die Roten’s philosophy right now.
"“I can rule out a move for Ronaldo. We’ve considered it, we all love Ronaldo but strategy is different. We’ve a clear idea, philosophy of how our squad should be put together.”"
Ronaldo would have been a good signing for Bayern a decade ago. However, the Portuguese forward is currently on a steady decline, so signing him will not make sense for Die Roten. Moreover, the defending Bundesliga champions have rarely signed an outfield player above 35. They have always focussed on keeping the average age of the squad as low as possible.
Along with sporting reasons, there is a strong financial argument for Die Roten to not pursue this transfer. The Portuguese superstar is one of the highest-earning players in the world. His arrival in Bavaria will certainly disrupt the wage structure at the club.
Julian Nagelsmann would also prefer not to have an ageing superstar in the squad that wants to play every game. Moreover, it is difficult to play a high-pressing style of football with a forward that struggles to lead the press of the attack. He will surely score goals, but it could come at the expense of deteriorating the team’s dynamics on the pitch.
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Die Roten is not in a rush to clinch a striker as they assess all good options in the coming months. Despite the serious injury to Sadio Mane, the Bavarian club is content with the current options for the ongoing campaign.