Signed from Borussia Mönchengladbach for €4.7 million
Dante is the best centre-back in the world right now by a significant margin, so the €4.7 million paid for him is the most economically efficient summer transfer.
Look, when teams like Barcelona and Chelsea have problems at centre-back, you begin to appreciate Bayern Munich's decision-making.
Was it an obvious signing? Duh.
But, Barça and the Blues have consistently made illogical transfer decisions, so you have to give credit to Die Bayern for being a well-run organisation.
They actually have people in management who have high football IQ.
|League Only ||GP ||GC ||SCPG
|Bayern Munich ||18 ||7 ||7.8
|Juventus ||21 ||14 ||9.4
|Manchester City ||23 ||19 ||9.3
|Málaga ||20 ||17 ||11.7
|Paris Saint-Germain ||21 ||12 ||11.8
GP = games played; GC = goals conceded; SCPG = shots conceded per game
If Arsène Wenger wants Olivier Giroud's confidence levels to sink to the depths of Fernando Torres, Le Professeur will start the Frenchman up front by himself against Dante and Daniel van Buyten (Jérome Boateng is suspended and Holger Badstuber ruptured his cruciate ligament).
Alternative (and the logical solution): start Theo Walcott as the No. 9.
As great as Dante has been, he has a minor issue with sticking his leg out but oddly enough, he hasn't picked up as many yellow cards as he should.
Theo's pace and directness will certainly test Dante. Perhaps, the Brazilian might not even be the issue, maybe it's DVB.
He was turned inside-out by Diego Milito in the 2010 UEFA Champions League final, so you'd hate to think what Walcott could do to the Belgian.
Bayern should comprehensively beat Arsenal but the Bavarian club has a tendency to somehow lose games they shouldn't, like those against Chelsea, BATE Borisov and Bayer Leverkusen.
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