Bayern Munich’s Shopping List For The Upcoming Season

April 9th, 2010 by Derek Wittjohann Leave a reply »

With the side Bayern Munich have, specifically their less than stellar defense, it is fair to say the south Germans are performing above expectations this season.

They are currently active in all three of their competitions, and are commanding each of them. Bayern are currently first in the Budesliga, have reached the Finals of the DFB Pokal, and stand in the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Champions league.

Despite this position, it would be naive to think that Bayern stand on the same level as elite European sides such as Barcelona or Inter Milan. But with the acquisition of the right players, along with the promising talent the Bayern team has to offer, this side could in fact stand at that level in the near future.

Having said that, here are some positions that need filling:



The bosses at Bayern have not made it hidden that they are in search of a new goalkeeper.

Current keeper Hans-Jorg Butt was originally signed as a reserve goalie behind Michael Rensing, but has been the starting keeper since last year's Quarter-Final lashing at the hands of Barcelona. While he may be a decent keeper, he is not the choice to take this Bayern team to the next level.

Bayern have openly confirmed their interest in Schalke's young star Manuel Neuer as their primary target to fill this void. Although head coach Felix Magath has declined Bayern's interest, it may just be a matter of time until the German keeper makes the switch to Munich.


Outside Backs

Currently Bayern Munich don't have a true left back. Although young talent Holger Badstuber is the player of choice for this position, he is originally a center back.

Dutch national, Edson Braafheid, turned out to be a failed experiment as he transferred to Scotland after a short half-season at Bayern. Past him, Van Gaal has experimented with the young Diego Contento, and the even younger David Alaba, of which neither provided an answer to this defensive question.

Speculation is high with Schalke's Rafinha, and Shakhtar Donezk's Dario Srna to play this role. Bayern have already been rumored to have been in contact with both players during the previous off-season, and will surely continue such discussions. Both players offer qualities which are dearly needed by Bayern currently.



One may look at this suggestion and scratch their head. Munich currently own five strikers:  Ivica Olic, Thomas Muller, Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose, and Rome transfer Luca Toni.

Aside from Thomas Muller, none of these players have seemed to appease Van Gaal. This is evident in his constant rotation at the position. This could result from the lack of form of all players mentioned. Other than Olic's two important strikes against Manchester between the two legs, there has been no consistent scoring by any striker.

It is rumored that Bayern are interested in capturing the signature of Wolfsburg star Edin Dzeko, who currently leads the Bundesliga in goals, along with Kevin Kuranyi and Steffan Kiessling. Dzeko is a young star who has performed consistently for the past two seasons. It's no mystery that Wolfsburg will not give their golden-boy up lightly however.

The grounds for such a spree is driven by Bayern's generous bounty they've collected throughout the Champions League thus far. They've managed to accrue 50 Million Euro, and will be looking to spend it accordingly.

The bosses at Bayern have made a point however to aim for quality, not quantity when looking for new players. Real Madrid serves as an example of what happens when an organization splashes the cash on flamboyant players without considering their value relative to the team.

Assuming coach Louis Van Gaal and the bosses at Bayern do exactly that, sign 4-5 quality players, they stand in a position to scale the European slope, and stand on top as they once have.

This story was originally syndicated from Bleacher Report - Front Page.
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