Bundesliga teams have traditionally been quiet in the January transfer market, and Bayern Munich are no exception. In the last five years, the German record champions have made just three signings for their senior squad: Landon Donovan—whose intended purpose is anyone’s guess—a then-promising talent named Breno and emergency reinforcement Luiz Gustavo.
January of 2013 looks set to follow the same pattern for Bayern, as all the obvious weaknesses in the their first XI have been eradicated. Manuel Neuer was signed to tend goal, Jerome Boateng and Dante were brought in to bolster the interior of defense, David Alaba emerged as the long-awaited successor to Bixente Lizarazu and Javi Martinez and Luiz Gustavo have been added to the defensive midfield ranks.
Even among the substitutes there is an abundance of class: For every position Bayern have at least one fully capped senior international available as backup.
In spite of the squad’s quality and depth, there have been many rumors linking Bayern with current and future stars, some more closely than others. Read on for a roundup and analysis of all of Bayern’s biggest transfer news.