As the January transfer window inches closer and closer, Europe’s elite clubs are prepairing themselves for a spending-spree. From F.C. Porto to CSKA Moscow, all of the biggest soccer teams will be looking for their key transfer.
That is no different for F.C. Bayern Munich as injuries and poor performances have left the six-time defending German champions in a rut to start off 2018/2019. After losing to Borussia Dortmund in their last fixture, Bayern are currently in fifth in the Bundesliga, seven points back of Dortmund. The looming window could be the perfect oppertunity to fix their poor form and get back to serious contention. There are a few players around Europe that Bayern could buy for very cheap.
The first name is Aaron Ramsey. The Arsenal midfielder is poised to move after a seven year stay in North-London, and Bayern have been linked with him in recent days. He would be a perfect fit into a battered and bruised midfield that needs help. There are other large clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea who are veying for the Welshmen’s service, however Bayern can offer him first team minutes soon unike some other clubs.
Another midfielder that could be on the move to Bavaria is Kai Hevertz from Bayer Leverkusen. The 19 year old is turning into a phenom very quickly, though his club is struggling to stay afloat. With large interest from primarily Barcelona, Bayern may want to jump on a chance to buy Hervertz early in January. Right-back Joshua Kimmich also recently supported a move for the German-youth international, though Leverkusen sporting-director Jonas Boldt is adiment he will not move.
The last is Roma and Greece center-back Kostas Manolas. Manolas has broken out over the last few seasons and proven himself one of the best defenders in Italy. The reason that Bayern have made themselves front-runners in the Manolas sweepstakes is becasue he reportedly has a price tage of 35 million euros. That fee is not too high for a defender of his quality, though he is 27 years of age. The performances of Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels at the back have not been inspiring this season and the addition of Manolas could prove critical.
Age, injuries, and bad form have all lead to the point that Bayern are in right now. It is very possible- if not extremely likely- that Bayern will have a complete overhaul of their roster in the upcoming summer transfer window. For now it seems for Niko Kovac and the Bayern fans that finishing out the season with some silverwear is the most important objective.