Bayern Munich could be one of the busiest sides of the summer with prolific goalscorer Robert Lewandowski set to leave after eight years at the Allianz Arena and Serge Gnabry potentially on the move.and energize the attack of the Bundesliga champions. However, changes elsewhere could be key to rejuvenating Julian Nagelsmann’s squad after a disappointing 2021-22 season, marked by failure in the Champions League and DFB Pokal, starting with the arrivals of Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui. from AFC Ajax.
We break down Bayern’s senior men’s squad and take a look at what could still happen this summer in Bavaria.
Bayern goalkeeper prospects
Stay : Manuel Neuer, Sven Ulreich
Departure : Christian Fruchtl, Ron-Thorben Hoffmann
Loan option: Alexander Nubel (already loaned to AS Monaco)
Manuel Neuer’s succession planning will soon become a more pressing need, but it’s probably something that can be left until at least next summer. Goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, on loan to AS Monaco for another season, is the best placed to succeed the captain at present. With Neuer and Thomas Müller recently extending their contracts at Bayern, the Bavarians will retain their strong German influence, despite the loss of Niklas Sule, who joined Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer.
Ideal movements: Potentially a promising youngster to fill the third keeper role at least until Nubel returns from France.
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Bayern defensive outlook
Stay : Dayot Upamecano, Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Noussair Mazraoui
Possibly departing: Bouna Sarr
Loan option: Chris Richards, Tanguy Kouassi, Josip Stanisic, Omar Richards
Bayern’s French-influenced defense needs a bit of work with Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Bouna Sarr and Tanguy Kouassi not exactly a picture of frugality. That could change with the arrival of Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax and the potential redistribution of roles that should come with his inclusion in the starting XI, but central defense could also be a position the club consider once the agreement with Sadio Mané will have been concluded. USMNT star Chris Richards has returned to Bayern after several loan spells at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and could either become permanent or leave as there is no shortage of suitors.. Bayern could transfer the unconvincing Sarr in order to ensure that the development of Kouassi and Stanisic is not hindered if they are not loaned out.
Ideal movements: Assuming Nagelsmann perseveres with his French defensive contingent, it’s more about tweaking the defense than fleshing it out. Kouassi and Stanisic are particularly promising prospects who are ready to be involved regularly at the senior level to develop further.
Bayern midfielder outlook
Stay : Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Jamal Musiala, Ryan Gravenberch
Possibly departing: Corentin Tolisso, Marc Roca, Marcel Sabitzer
Loan option: Paul Wanner, Malik Tillman
Injured French midfielder Corentin Tolisso has already left for free and could return to Olympique Lyonnais, while Spaniard Marc Roca is finalizing a move to Jesse Marsch’s Premier League side Leeds United. A double raid on AFC Ajax has already been achieved with the arrival of young and talented Dutch international Ryan Gravenberch for nearly $20 million. Decisions will have to be made about some peripheral figures such as Marcel Sabitzer, but Nagelsmann knows that Paul Wanner and Malik Tillman are pushing for commitment, which could calm any immediate need for reinforcement. Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich and Jamal Musiala make for a solid starting midfield, with Alphonso Davies steadily advancing down the left, not to mention Gravenberch.
Ideal movements: Assuming Sabitzer leaves, a versatile replacement would be useful depending on how Wanner and Tillman are viewed, as both will need playing time to develop.
Bayern attacking outlook
I’m staying : Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman
Possibly leaving: Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry
Loan option: Gabriel Vidovic, Armindo Sieb & Lucas Copado
Serge Gnabry’s future is uncertain, but Müller, Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane still represent a solid attacking unit. If Mane arrives, Nagelsmann will have a new attacking line next season, one that has undergone some needed work, but it is only part of what now appears to be a gradual rejuvenation with Muller remaining in the club for a while. Last season, it was obvious that certain aspects of this team were no longer at the top of their game. Lewandowski’s increasing goal reliance contributed to failure in the Champions League and the Pokal. In Mané, Bayern have identified an equally consistent player, who has proven to be one of Liverpool’s stars. Although he doesn’t score at the same rate as the Polish superstar, he shouldn’t have a problem in the Bundesliga. With Mané, Bayern will look to reassert their domestic dominance by winning the Bundesliga and the Pokal and avoiding a repeat of last season’s unexpected Champions League exit at the hands of Villarreal CF.
Ideal movements: If Gnabry does not want to extend, Bayern will have to transfer him this summer. With Lewandowski already set to leave and Eric Maxim Choupo Moting a limited replacement, it would be wise to transfer all three players and bring in another prolific striker.