Bayern Munich identify replacement for Hasan Salihamidzic

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After a disappointing campaign across cup competitions and inconsistency during the title run in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich has made significant changes to the decision-making team at the club. Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic parted ways with Die Roten last week. Kahn did it on a sour note, while Salihamidzic’s exit was on amicable terms.

Salihamidzic enjoyed mixed results as Sporting Director at Bayern in the last six seasons. He pulled off some incredible transfers, while few turned out to be poor decisions. In terms of coaching changes, Salihamidzic worked with six coaches during his time at Die Roten.

Bayern has already found a replacement for Kahn. Former CFO Jan-Christian Dressen will be the new CEO of the club and he will start working in this role with immediate effect. Meanwhile, the club will be looking to bring in a new sporting director as soon as possible. It does look like they have shortlisted a couple of candidates for this position.

According to  Sky Sports in Germany, Bayern is interested in appointing RB Leipzig’s Max Eberl as the next sporting director. Die Roten has already held talks with Eberl, but extracting him from a long-term contract at Leipzig will be difficult. Eberl was heavily linked to a move to Bayern before the appointment of Hasan Salihamidzic in 2017.

Meanwhile, T-online (viaiMiaSanMia) has reported that Eintracht Frankfurt’s Markus Krosche is also one of the potential targets for Die Roten. Krosche also has a long-term contract at Frankfurt, so Bayern will have to negotiate compensation to get him.

Considering the return of Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to Bayern, there is a good chance that a sporting director may not arrive to work for the current summer transfer window. Die Roten will look to take their time and find the right candidate for this crucial position.

Thomas Tuchel may have a strong say in the transfer targets during the upcoming summer transfer window after the departure of Hasan Salihamidzic. Meanwhile, Dressen, Hainer, Hoeness, and Rummenigge will work with the German coach to address the key positions in the squad,

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Bayern is expected to strengthen the attack by signing a number nine in the summer. Meanwhile, another midfielder that can play in front of the defense is also on the club’s radar. The first transfer of the summer is set to be Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig, as he joins on a free transfer in June.