The World Cup is a great stage for players to make their mark and show the world what they can do. The world’s top football clubs’ scouts will be watching on to evaluate options for their club’s transfer strategies. Bayern Munich will be keenly following the ongoing first winter World Cup 2022. With group stages entering the final phase, we picked up three players that Die Roten can consider signing in the upcoming transfer windows.
Cody Gakpo is having a great season for PSV Eindhoven. The young Dutch forward has continued to impress at the World Cup having already netted three times in the first three games of the tournament. So far this season, he has managed to score 18 goals and provide 18 assists in 32 games in all competitions for club and country, making him one of the most productive attacking players in Europe.
According to VI in the Netherlands, Gakpo’s representatives are set to hold talks with some of Europe’s top clubs after the World Cup, including Bayern. While Bayern has ruled out any January signings, they could persuade the forward to wait until the summer. Die Roten are expected to look for a striker in the summer with Harry Kane seen as the top transfer target but with Gakpo’s ability to play as a striker, he could be considered as an alternative.
Adrien Rabiot has been France’s second-best player in Qatar so far according to SofaScore’s ratings with an average rating of 7.85. In France’s opening two games, he has had 92% passing accuracy scoring once and providing an assist for the other goal. In all competitions, this season Rabiot has seven goals and three assists for club and country. While Nagelsmann has a favourite midfield its useful to have high-quality rotational options.
The Juventus midfielder is out of contract in the summer and the 27-year-old will be considering his options with Bayern not wanting to make any transfers in the winter window Rabiot could be seen as a viable option to improve squad depth.
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Josko Gvardiol is one of the most coveted young defenders in Europe. He has started in both of Croatia’s World Cup games so far in the heart of the defense. The 20-year-old already has 14 appearances for his national team showing his maturity at a young age. The youngster has managed to shine on the biggest stage, making sure that Croatia conceded only one goal in two games. He has won 67% of his ground duels this season in the Bundesliga, the only Bayern Munich player with a better percentage is Frenchman Benjamin Pavard.
With Pavard seemingly wanting to leave in the summer and Lucas Hernández’s susceptibility to injuries, Bayern Munich’s defense could lack depth next season. Joško Gvardiol can also play in the left-back position which could give Nagelsmann more opportunity to rotate with a high-class player.