Apart from the final week of the transfer window, Bayern Munich were efficient in concluding deals for top targets. The Bavarian club managed to complete the signing of Harry Kane, one of the summer’s high-profile transfers.
Along with Kane, Bayern also signed Raphael Guerreiro, Kim Min-jae, Daniel Peretz, and Konrad Laimer this summer. They also did a fine job raising funds by selling players who wanted to leave the club this summer. It has been a club-record summer when it comes to raising funds by selling players.
In the absence of a sporting director, Bayern CEO Jan Christian Dressen and Technical Director Marco Neppe have worked together to get deals over the line. Despite the failure to sign replacements for Ryan Gravenberch and Benjamin Pavard, the duo managed to navigate through a crucial summer after a poor last campaign. They had agreed a fee with Fulham for Joao Palhinha, but the English club didn’t give the final green light to the deal as they struggled to sort out a replacement.
Neppe’s future has been subject to speculation since the sacking of Hasan Salihamidzic at the end of the summer. Christoph Freund started his tenure as Sporting Director at Bayern on Friday. Despite the arrival of Freund, Dressen admitted (via iMiaSanMia) that Neppe would be staying in Munich.
"“Marco and I have worked very closely together in the last few months. We have been on the road a lot together. That will now change with the start of Christoph on September 1st. Marco will be involved as technical director, Christoph will be responsible as sporting director. We are working together as a team and I have a very positive feeling about it.”"
Neppe worked closely with Dressen during negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy. Considering how highly rated Neppe was at Bayern during Salihamidzic’s tenure, it makes sense to stick with him for the next few seasons. He will also help Freund in making the transition from RB Salzburg to Bayern smoother.
Freund was spotted on the bench against Borussia Monchengladbach. The Austrian wants to bring more top-quality players through the academy during his tenure in Munich. Freund was successful at identifying young talent for RB Salzburg before they burst onto the bigger stage.
The disappointment of the deadline day will linger at Bayern, but there are a lot of positive things to note for the start of the season. The new arrivals look solid, and performances are getting better. With the arrival of a new sporting director and quality officials such as Marco Neppe staying in Munich, Die Roten will look to get better at transfers in the future transfer windows.
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Bayern and Tuchel will get a much-needed break for two weeks after the hectic transfer window and a good start to the campaign. The Bavarian club will host Bayer Leverkusen after the international break in two weeks’ time.