Bayern Munich Facing Tough Decisions This Summer: Who's In, Who's Out?
Bayern Munich comfortably won the 2012-2013 Bundesliga title in April even though there are still six rounds of matches left to be played.
Now Munich can concentrate on winning the treble with the UEFA Champions League and DFB Pokal still to play for.
Next season, Munich will see a few changes.
Most importantly, Pep Guardiola will take over as the new manager.
With Guardiola taking over, some have questioned which players he will bring in and who may be out.
Here are the latest rumors about potential arrivals and departures at Bayern Munich.
Are Robben's Days at Munich Numbered?
Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has stated that he does not believe Arjen Robben will fit into Guardiola's system, according to Swiss publication Blick via ESPN.com's Stephen Uersfeld.
This statement has caused a lot of reaction.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has denied that there are talks to get rid of Robben.
The player himself has dismissed Hizfeld's comments as "ridiculous," according to German publication Bild via Uersfeld.
However, there are some questions about whether Robben will fit into Guardiola's system.
He is often times seen as a selfish player.
Guardiola's former team Barcelona was always praised for its great passing. It will be interesting to see whether Robben can become a player that looks for the open man instead of taking the shot.
If he cannot, then Robben will find his way out of Munich.
For now however, Robben will be at Bayern Munich next season. We will have to wait and see whether he and Guardiola can see on the same page.
Robert Lewandowski Could Be on His Way In
According to the player's agent Cezary Kucharsky, Lewandowski has already made up his mind about which team he wants to join.
Bayern Munich is thought to be the frontrunners to land the Polish international.
However, Bayern already has Mario Gomez, Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro fighting for minutes, should they bring in Lewandowksi as well, one will have to be let go.
After Munich's record-breaking season, I doubt the team will be willing to let one of its strikers go for Lewandowski.
Lewandowski is a great player, but why add him into the mix?
Bayern Munich very well could be the team that Lewandowski wants to join this summer, but the team does not need him.
Splurging on Neymar
The Brazilian phenom is always being linked to a new club every day it seems like.
For now, it is being reported that Bayern Munich is his destination.
Barry Glendenning of The Guardian states that Munich is preparing an £86 million bid for Neymar.
Is it just me, or does this sound ridiculous?
Don't get me wrong, Neymar is a good player, above average for sure, but is he really worth £86 million? I don't think so.
Again, I will point out how dominant Bayern was this past season. The team does not really need Neymar. It would just be nice to have him.
Am I also wrong to think that his style of play will not translate well to the German game? I see him more suited for La Liga more so than any other European league.
I really hope Bayern does not spend its money on Neymar. Let him go to Barcelona or Real Madrid. Those are the teams he is more suited for.
Kompany Leaving City?
Kompany apparently angered Roberto Mancini when he played for Belgium in late March, even though he had missed City's previous eight matches due to a calf injury.
Goal.com's Paul Clennam states that Pep Guardiola is a fan of Kompany and would welcome the chance to work with the Belgian.
Kompany will be a really good addition to Munich's back line. With Daniel Van Buyten's contract up, the Bavarians will be on the lookout for a new centre-back.
However, it's doubtful that Kompany is actually on his way out of Manchester. I highly doubt that City would give up its captain for any amount of money.
But if Mancini and Kompany are indeed finding it difficult to see on the same page, maybe just maybe, he will be in a different uniform next season.
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