Bayern Munich had to dip into the transfer market late in January to strengthen the attack. The Bavarian club lost Kingsley Coman to a serious knee injury, which will keep him out for at least three months. In such a scenario, Bayern had to react and add a forward to the squad that could compensate for Coman’s injury.
The record Bundesliga champions eventually decided to bring forward the signing of Bryan Zaragoza. The Spanish winger had agreed a move to Munich in the summer. However, Die Roten managed to agree on a compensation fee with Granada to bring Zaragoza to Bavaria in the winter transfer window.
Apart from exploring an early deal for Zaragoza, Bayern also looked at Ajax forward Steven Bergwijn as a possible option to strengthen the attack. The Dutch winger’s agent confirmed talks with Die Roten regarding a transfer late in the winter window.
According to The Athletic, Bayern also considered a loan move for Chelsea’s Mykhailo Mudryk late in January. The Ukrainian winger has struggled to impress at Stamford Bridge, so a change of scenery could have helped him to get back in form. Die Roten found a breakthrough in talks with Granada, keeping other options on the back burner.
Zaragoza was part of the squad in the home game against Borussia Monchengladbach. He couldn’t get an opportunity from the bench to make an impact. The Spaniard is expected to make his debut for Bayern in the heavyweight clash against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Die Roten also strengthened their defense during the winter transfer window. Eric Dier arrived from Tottenham Hotspur on a six-month deal with an option for a further year. The English defender will provide the fourth option in central defense. He has enjoyed a good start to life in Munich with good performances against Augsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Athletic has reported that Bayern believed that Ronald Araujo was eager to complete a transfer in January. However, FC Barcelona and Xavi were not keen on losing their key defender midway through the season. The Bavarian club is expected to make another attempt to sign Araujo in the summer since he is their top transfer target.
Bayern also added a right-back to the squad in the form of Sacha Boey. After failing to agree on deals for Nordi Mukiele and Kieran Trippier, Die Roten agreed a fee with Galatasaray to sign Boey. The French full-back became Bayern’s record buy in the mid-season transfer window.