Konrad Laimer (Free Transfer)
Early in the transfer window, Bayern sealed the signing of their long-term target, Konrad Laimer. The Austrian midfielder was on ex-Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann’s transfer shortlist last summer but the club was unable to secure his signing. After allowing his contract to expire, Laimer was able to join the Bundesliga champions from RB Leipzig on a free transfer.
Laimer will fit in nicely in his preferred role of a central defensive midfielder. With Tuchel previously stating that Joshua Kimmich is much more utilized playing further up the field, Laimer will be the perfect match to the German international, as he will be far more successful sitting back and playing in a defensive role. Overall, a smart and tactical signing for Bayern, especially with the transfer interesting building around Leon Goretzka.
Raphael Guerreiro (Free Transfer)
With an agreement that was reached shortly after the 22/23 Bundesliga season ended, Raphael Guerreiro continues his Bundesliga legacy as he joins Bayern on a free transfer from league rivals Borussia Dortmund. Guerreiro is the most recent in the long line of many that have made the switch between these two German giants– the most recent being the likes of Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule.
For a free transfer, Guerreiro is a great addition to the reigning champions due to his sheer versatility on the pitch. During his time at Dortmund, his early years were spent switching to both fullback positions. As his career developed, so did his offensive play as Guerreiro become more and more comfortable playing as a left-midfielder. Regardless of where Tuchel will find him most useful, Guerreiro will be able to provide the much-needed support and squad depth that Bayern really missed last season.
Kim Min-jae (€50 million)
After his breakout season for Serie A side Napoli, Kim Min-jae could be the solution to a lot of Bayern’s defensive woes. Taking into consideration the departure of starting center-back Lucas Hernandez and rotational center-back/left-back Daley Blind, Kim Min-jae will quickly and easily find his way into Tuchel’s starting XI.
Many might think that €50 million on a defender after a sole breakout season might be too expensive, but in the past couple of transfer windows, Bayern have not been afraid to splash the cash to bolster their defense. Kim Min-jae will fit in nicely with the more recent signings of Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano.