A day after sporting director Christian Nerlinger revealed that Bayern Munich's summer shopping list consists of dozens of players, new rumours have surfaced linking the Bavarians to defenders. The latest are Valencia centre-half Ricardo Costa and Kayserispor's Serdar Kesimal.
According to Spanish news source AS, the Bavarians are preparing a €2 million bid for 29-year-old Costa, who has earned 10 international caps. An advantage of signing the Portuguese international is his previous experience in the Bundesliga; he played for Wolfsburg for the best part of three years before moving to Valencia in 2010.
Bild have also linked Bayern with Kesimal, a 22-year-old Turkey international. The Kayserispor man has developed significantly in the last few months, and earned his first start for his country in late March. A Koeln native who only left die Geissboecke in 2009, Kesimal is fluent in German and familiar with the Bundesliga.
Costa and Kesimal are just the latest in an ever-growing list of central defenders being linked with a move to Bayern. In recent weeks, Benedikt Hoewedes of Schalke and Manchester City's Jerome Boateng have been said to be high on the Bavarians' list of priorities.