The winter transfer window is a tricky one for most clubs since long-term targets are rarely available. Moreover, the fee quoted by selling clubs is often inflated since they don’t want to lose players midway through the season. For these two key reasons, Bayern Munich rarely does business in the winter transfer window.
The upcoming winter window is also likely to be quiet for Bayern when it comes to signing long-term targets. However, Hasan Salihamidzic still needs to tick a few boxes in January. Let us look at key things that will feature on Die Roten’s to-do list in the winter transfer window.
Addressing goalkeeping situation as soon as possible
Bayern was not expected to sign a new player in the winter transfer window, but the recent events will force them to dip into the market. Manuel Neuer has been ruled out for the rest of the season after he broke his leg during a ski trip two weeks ago. The Bavarian club is now looking for a goalkeeper that can be number one during the second half of the season.
The first option for Rekordmeister is recalling Alexander Nubel from Monaco. However, the talks with Monaco have stalled recently. The other option for Die Roten is Borussia Monchengladbach’s Yann Sommer. The Swiss goalkeeper will command a nominal fee since he has five months left on his contract. Regardless of which option materialises, Bayern needs to resolve this situation as soon as possible to make sure the new goalkeeper gets time to train with the team before the resumption of the league on January 21.
Talks with Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard
Along with signing a new goalkeeper, Bayern also needs to address the future of players already present in the squad. The Bavarian club is hoping to reach an agreement with Lucas Hernandez over a new deal as soon as possible. Despite him being on the sidelines due to an ACL injury, Die Roten is reportedly still keen to secure his future. Since Hernandez already had positive talks with the club in Hinrunde, a final agreement should be ideally finalised in January.
Apart from Hernandez, Rekordmeister also needs clarity on the future of Benjamin Pavard. The French defender recently admitted that he is open to experiencing a new project. In such a scenario, Die Roten needs clarity about his plans to start planning life after him. In an ideal scenario, Bayern gets to know Pavard’s wishes next month, and they start planning for the summer transfer window.
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Finding a club for Bouna Sarr
In terms of departures, Bayern is likely to part ways with Bouna Sarr in January. The Bavarian club has been trying to find a club for him in the last two windows. They will be hoping to be third-time lucky in the winter market.
Sarr has been troubled with a knee injury this season. He has not featured for Bayern this season but returned to training on the pitch. The Senegalese defender does not feature in Julian Nagelsmann’s plans going forward, so Bayern should try to find a solution in January that will benefit all parties.