Bayern Munich was one of the busiest clubs in Europe’s top five leagues during the summer transfer window. The Bavarian club had a mini-overhaul of the club as there were several incomings and departures at the club. Uncharacteristically, Bayern were also trying to get multiple deals over the line on the deadline day.
The record Bundesliga champions tried to get deals over the line for a defensive midfielder and versatile defender on the last day of the window. They had an agreement with Fulham for Joao Palhinha, but the final green light never arrived from the English club. Meanwhile, the moves of Armel Bella-Kotchap and Trevoh Chalobah also collapsed on the deadline day.
In terms of sales, they managed to get the deal over the line for Ryan Gravenberch’s departure to Liverpool. Despite the disappointment of the final day, Bayern enjoyed plenty of success throughout the window. They addressed key areas of the squad, which makes the team stronger than last season.
Die Roten have received a lot of criticism for their work on the deadline day in the past few days. However, the club chiefs are content with the business they have done over the summer. While talking to Sky Sports in Germany, Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreseen insisted that the summer window was a success for incomings and outgoings.
"“You can’t just judge the whole summer based on the last two days. I think overall we had a very good window at Bayern – both for incomings and outgoings. The fact that we ended up acting in a rush is unusual for us, it’s regrettable but cannot be changed now. We are looking ahead and will think of good solutions in the coming months.”"
The biggest success story for Bayern during the summer for acquisition of
. They managed to sign a top talent from England for a club-record fee. Die Roten finally found an adequate replacement for Robert Lewandowski after 12 months.
From a financial point of view, Die Roten had a positive net spent for the summer. They managed to earn a profit on Gravenberch and recouped the majority of transfer fees paid for the likes of Marcel Sabitzer, Benjamin Pavard, and Lucas Hernandez. As things stand, Bayern will have adequate funds for the winter transfer window.
Dreesen also admitted that Christian Freund will now work together with Thomas Tuchel for recruiting players in the upcoming windows. Dreesen will take a backseat in transfers after Freund started working as Sporting Director for Bayern from September 1.
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The first transfer target for Bayern in January is likely to be Joao Palhinha. According to Sport1, Freund and Tuchel are in agreement to sign the Portuguese midfielder in January. Palhinha had completed the media duties and medical last week, only for the transfer to collapse at the last moment.