In a summer without international competition, the glare of the transfer window and associated gossip shines brighter than usual. One of the most engrossing narratives of this summer is likely to play out in Bavaria, where Pep Guardiola ends his sabbatical and takes over at German giants Bayern Munich.
Speculation suggests that the former Barcelona man will be keen to ‘stamp his imprint’ on Jupp Heynckes’s existing team, and Catalonia has been cited as the most likely destination for Pep’s pillaging.
Some questions will remain unanswered until the summer; who is to say whether Guardiola will actively seek to replicate his tried and tested Barcelona methods using La Masia trained personnel? What is to suggest that he will necessarily want to spend big rather than eke the best out of the talent at his disposal? Where is the evidence that Bayern’s talent-laden team doesn’t have enough ability to profit from Pep’s sophisticated coaching?
This article profiles five players who have been linked to Bayern, while also beginning to answer some of these questions, as well as others that will doubtless surround a summer of intrigue at FC Hollywood.