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Bayern Munich transfer priorities: Sadio Mane arrival means Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry could go

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Bayern Munich could be one of the busiest teams this summer as high-scoring shooter Robert Lewandowski is expected to retire after eight years at the Allianz Arena. Sadio Mane of Liverpool is already lining up to arrive and strengthen the attack of the Bundesliga champions. However, changes elsewhere could be the key to rejuvenating Julian Nagelsmann’s team after a disappointing 2021-22 season that saw the UEFA Champions League and DFB Cup flounder starting with the arrival of Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberh and Nussair Mazraoui.

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We break down the Bayern men’s squad and see what else can happen this summer in Bayern.

The appearance of the goalkeeper of Bayern

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Residence: Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich
Care: Christian Fruchtl, Ron Thorben Hoffmann
Loan option: Alexandre Nubel (already on loan at Monaco)

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Manuel Neuer’s succession planning will soon become a more pressing need, but it’s likely something that can be left until at least next summer as fellow goalkeeper Alexandre Nubel is on loan from Monaco for another season and is best suited for having to change the captain now. With Neuer recently renewing his contract with Bayern alongside Thomas Müller, the Bavarians will maintain their strong influence in Germany despite the loss of Niklas Süle on a free transfer to Borussia Dortmund.

Ideal moves: Potentially promising youngster for the role of third goalkeeper, at least until Noubel’s return from France.

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Defensive view of Bavaria

Residence: Dayo Upamecano, Alphonso Davis, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Nussar Mazraoui
Possibly leaving: Bouna Sar
Loan option: Chris Richards, Tanguy Kouassi, Josip Stanisic, Omar Richards

The French-influenced Bayern defense may need to work with Dayo Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Bouna Sarr and Tanguy Kouassi, which doesn’t quite match the frugality. That could change with the astute addition of Ajax’s Nussair Mazraoui and the potential role reshuffling that should come with his inclusion in the starting XI, but central defense could also be the position the club will be looking at after the deal with Sadio Mane will concluded. USMNT star Chris Richards has returned to Bayern after successive loan spells at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and could either make the move permanent or leave with no shortage of fans including a number of Spanish clubs, Southampton and Crystal Palace. Bayern could go beyond the unconvincing Sarr to ensure Kouassi and Stanisic’s development is not halted unless they are loaned out.

Ideal moves: Assuming that Nagelsmann persists with his French defensive contingent, it is more a matter of fine-tuning the defenses than of expanding them. Kouassi and Stanisic are especially promising people, ready for the constant involvement of senior management for further development.

Bayern midfielder prediction

Residence: Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Jamal Musiala, Ryan Gravenbirch
Possibly leaving: Corentin Tolisso, Marc Roca, Marcel Sabitzer
Loan option: Paul Wanner, Malik Tillman

Injured French midfielder Corentin Tolisso has already been released and could return to Olympique Lyon, while Spaniard Marc Roca is in the process of completing his move to Premier League team Jesse Marsh’s Leeds United. A double raid on AFC Ajax has already been carried out and talented young Dutch international Ryan Gravenbirch has arrived for nearly $20 million. Decisions will have to be made on some minor figures such as Marcel Sabitzer, but Nagelsmann’s knowledge that Paul Wanner and Malik Tillman are pushing for participation could overwhelm any immediate need for further reinforcements. Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich and Jamal Musiala are strong starting midfielders, while Alphonso Davies regularly comes forward from the left, and that’s without the addition of Gravenbirch.

Ideal moves: Assuming Sabitzer leaves, an all-in-one replacement will be useful depending on how Wanner and Tillman are viewed, as both will need time to develop the game.

Bayern attack prospects

Residence: Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman
Possibly leaving: Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry
Loan option: Gabriel Vidovic, Armindo Zeeb and Lucas Copado

The future of Serge Gnabry is uncertain, but Muller, Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane are still a strong attacking unit. If Mane arrives, next season under Nagelsmann it will be a revamped front line that has been given much needed work, but it is only part of what now looks like a gradual rejuvenation, with Müller staying for a while. longer. At times in the past campaign, it was apparent that some aspects of this team were already past their peak due to growing overconfidence in Lewandowski’s goals, which contributed to the failure of the Champions League and Pokal. In Mane, Bayern have found an equally consistent player who has proven himself to be one of Liverpool’s stars and while he doesn’t score at the same pace as the Polish superstar, he shouldn’t have a problem in the Bundesliga. With Mane included, Bayern will be looking to reassert their domestic dominance with Bundesliga and Cup success, as well as avoiding a repeat of last season’s unexpected Champions League relegation at Villarreal.

Ideal moves: If Gnabry is not going to renew his contract, Bayern will have to transfer him this summer. With Lewandowski already set to leave and Erik Maxim Choupo Moting a limited reserve figure, it would make sense to take all three out and bring in another scoring striker.


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