Despite the fiasco on transfer deadline day, Bayern Munich largely had a fruitful transfer window. The Bavarian club addressed key areas with quality players, and the squad is stronger than last season. The size of the squad is questionable, but Bayern chiefs will be pleased with the work they have done in the summer.
The Bundesliga champions quickly wrapped up the signings of Konrad Laimer and Raphael Guerreiro on free transfers in June. Guerreiro replaced Joao Cancelo in the squad, while Laimer has effectively replaced Ryan Gravenberch and Marcel Sabitzer in the squad.
Bayern quickly resolved the future of Lucas Hernandez at the end of June. The French defender was not interested in signing a new deal as he wanted to join Paris Saint-Germain. Hernandez became Bayern’s record sale. The money raised from Hernandez’s sale was quickly reinvested in signing Kim Min-jae from Napoli.
The headline transfer for Bayern in the summer was Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. The Bavarian club was involved in protracted talks with Spurs but eventually got the move over the line for a reported fee of over €100 million. While talking to SportBild (viaiMiaSanMia), Bayern’s supervisory board member Uli Hoeness insisted that the record move for Kane was not a financial burden for the club.
"“We paid for the transfer of Harry Kane without taking a loan. It was always known that our deposit account is well-filled.”"
Bayern ended up having a positive net spent for the summer after moves for Joao Palhinha and Trevoh Chalobah fell through on the deadline day. The Bavarian club did a great job at getting reasonable fees for Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard. They also managed to earn a profit on Ryan Gravenberch.
Considering the inflated prices of players, Die Roten has done a good job of finding the balance in arrivals and departures. The net profit on transfers may allow them to spend in January when Tuchel will look to bolster options in midfield and defense.
Bayern cannot compete with the Premier League clubs for transfers, so they have to balance their books to get top-class players. They have managed to add experience to the squad this summer. With the arrival of Christoph Freund from RB Salzburg, the Bavarian club will look to sign the best young talents in the world before other big clubs.
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After a successful summer transfer window, attention will turn towards performances and results on the pitch. It has been a fine start for Die Roten in the Bundesliga, winning all of their three league games. Kane has hit the ground running with three goals and one assist across three Bundesliga games. Tuchel will look to maintain the same momentum when club football resumes next weekend after a two-week-long international break.