Lewandowski in, Gomez out - Bayern's transfer plans this summer

With the European season over, Goal looks at the business set to be done by the Bavarians as they look to build on their historic treble-winning campaign
By Enis Koylu

Where do we go from here? Saturday's 3-2 DFB-Pokal final success over Stuttgart capped a remarkable treble-winning season for Bayern Munich, adding to their Champions League and Bundesliga titles. The Bavarians have gone from perennial losers to the hottest club in Europe in just 12 short months.

And so their attentions must turn to sustaining their domination. The Bundesliga has announced itself as Europe's hottest league and Bayern are at the forefront of the revolution. And they are likely to be busy as they look to cement their place at the top.

Goal looks at the potential comings and goings this summer to see how Bayern may look to add to their winning formula...


In typical German fashion, Bayern have already been proactive in the transfer window as they prepare for the coming season.

The first confirmed arrival at the club was Jan Kirchhoff, who will join on a free transfer from Mainz. The young central defender certainly seems like a strange acquisition, particularly given rumours that Daniel van Buyten is set to be offered a new contract. However, with Holger Badstuber some 10 months away from a comeback having aggravated a knee injury, he will provide valuable cover.

Next came the transfer story of the summer. It was announced in May that the Bavarians will also be bringing Mario Gotze to the Allianz Arena from Borussia Dortmund and the 20-year-old will improve a near-perfect attack and bring proven Bundesliga pedigree with him, while his experience in playing on either flank, as a 'false No.9' and behind the lone striker will prove invaluable as they exert themselves in six competitions.

Another BVB star on Bayern's radar is Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker may have missed out on being the Bundesliga's top scorer by a single goal but there will be few who doubt that he is the best No.9 in Germany at the moment. Whether or not Uli Hoeness & Co. can persuade his club to part with him is a different matter but, with one year remaining on his contract, it is looking ever more likely that he will follow Gotze to Sabener Strasse, with Jurgen Klopp expecting an imminent decision from the player himself on his future.

In midfield, Eintracht Frankfurt's Sebastian Rode, another talented young German who enjoyed a remarkable season with Armin Veh's side, has been confirmed as being of interest to Bayern by his current club's president Peter Fischer, who is determined to hold on to his charge for another year until his contract expires.

Elsewhere, there has been some rather fanciful talk of a move for Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez but, if Lewandowski's switch comes to fruition, both can cross Bayern off their list of potential destinations.


If players do arrive at the club, then others will have to be moved on to make way for the new blood and Bayern are looking likely to lose some players who have made up a big part of their first team in recent years.

First on the list is Mario Gomez. It seems unthinkable that the Bavarians would be willing to let the Germany striker go but, after Mario Mandzukic's fantastic form last season, he is near certain to move on. A host of clubs from across Europe have been linked with his signature, including Chelsea, Napoli and Fiorentina, while there was even talk of him being used as a makeweight in the Lewandowski move.

Another player who could leave is Arjen Robben, who played a key role in the run-in to the season in the absence of Toni Kroos, scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final. Both club and player have been adamant that he will stay at the Allianz Arena but Gotze's arrival will add yet more competition for his spot and with his age working against him, he may elect for one last move, with Galatasaray and Juventus touted as potential destinations.

The other Champions League final goalscorer, Mandzukic himself, could also be forced out, particularly if a move for Lewandowski is finalised. Rumours surfaced that Dortmund had demanded him in return for the Poland star but he has been vocal in his desire to stay and fight for his place in Bavaria.

Elsewhere, there are a handful of fringe players who are unlikely to stick around. Emre Can, a talented midfielder, has already voiced his displeasure with how little game time he has enjoyed and will most likely go on loan to gain some valuable experience before staking his claim for a regular starting berth, though Anatoliy Tymoshchuk's departure to Zenit St Petersburg means he has one less person in front of him in the pecking order.

Even Xherdan Shaqiri has been linked with an exit after an encouraging first season in German football but his future is likely to depend on that of Robben.

Finally, Bayern will be eager to offload Rafinha, who has been a monumental flop since his move from Genoa in the summer of 2011, failing to provide first-team competition, or even suitable cover for Philipp Lahm, even though the Brazilian is desperate for the opportunity to work under Pep Guardiola.


Another major change which has already been confirmed is on the bench. Bayern pounced for Pep Guardiola back in January as they risked losing out on the former Barcelona boss, who was targeted by a host of Premier League clubs during his sabbatical in 2012-13.

The 42-year-old's main task is building upon Jupp Heynckes' good work over the last two years. It is of vital importance that he does not tinker with Bayern's winning formula too much in his bid to take them to the next level; as it stands, they are already better than any other team in Germany and indeed Europe.

Question marks remain over what innovations the Spaniard will bring to the Allianz Arena but, in truth, only time will tell.


Short of a calamity which few will be predicting, Bayern can't lose. They may not be able to retain all three of their trophies, but that would be no disaster - no team in history has retained a treble, even the great Barca team of Pep Guardiola, and the modern Champions League has never been successfully defended.

However, they will have to maintain their hegemony in the Bundesliga and still challenge in Europe. Anything short of that will undoubtedly be a failure.

Minor tweaks will be needed as Bayern try to build a legacy but the framework is there for an extraordinary team who can dominate football in years to come.

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