Bayern Munich Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 19
Welcome to the definitive source for all things regarding transfers and rumours in and out of Bayern Munich, throughout the summer and 2013/14 season.
(Last Update: Monday, August 19 12:00 EST)
Bayern continued their new Bundesliga campaign this weekend with a calm 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon with Mario Mandžukić again popping up to score the decisive goal.
However while the new season continues to march on and Pep Guardiola looks set in his starting eleven for the time being, rumours continue to surface in and out of the Bavarian club just as regularly as genuine moves.
Here's a round up of all the latest rumours and transfers involving Bayern. Be sure to come back regularly for more updates.
Robert Lewandowski(Dortmund to Bayern)
Although Robert Lewandowski's proposed move to Bayern Munich has been well reported and catalogued as a future move for next summer, the stories continue to surface regarding the player's consistent rows with the Borussia Dortmund board and management team.
The recent spat began last month when the striker spoke out about his troubles with club president Aki Watzke, as reported by ESPN on July 29, stating that “I feel fine in the team, but with other people I do have a problem. That is a difficult issue.”
The problem that surrounded the player was supposedly a dispute regarding the player's wages that were promised in his final year at the club.
Yet such problems seem to have subsided now that the news of the aforementioned contract has been agreed, as reported by Der Spiegel(German) which will in turn earn the Polish international a total of €4.5 million. A significant rise from his current annual salary of €1.5 million.
Arguably, nothing more than a stop gap for the striker while he awaits his inevitable pay-day in Bavaria next summer, but a constant situation that Bayern's own board will be monitoring carefully.
If the striker continues causing trouble then Bayern may be tempted to look elsewhere for a more passive talent. Yet, if he gets his head down and plays another wonderful season, Bayern may not be the only side desperate to hire the well thought of striker.
Diego Contento(Bayern to Bremen or Liverpool)
One story linked the player with Liverpool in the English newspaper, the Metro, on August 10, stating that the Premier League side were desperate for a new left sided full-back.
The paper claims it struck such a rumour from "reports" in Germany that coach Pep Guardiola had told the full-back that he could leave, and as such a reasonable loan deal could be agreed between the two clubs, amongst interest from Bundesliga sides Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin.
Yet the actual report, published by Bild(German) on August 8, stated quite the contrary. Specifically, it differed in the manner of suggesting that Bayern would be willing to part with the full back, but only if they kept the services of Luiz Gustavo.
The reason behind this is thought to be that at least one player would have to stay to remain as cover for David Alaba at left-back.
The German tabloid claims it spoke to ex-Bayern player, Ludwig Kögl, who stated that "There was contact with Werder. What matters is what Bayern want. " But neither he, nor the article itself, mentioned anything about a bid from Liverpool.
As such, the situation has changed since the single report, as Luiz Gustavo has indeed left the club for pastures new at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
This would suggest the lack of genuine news surrounding any deal for the player is due to the fact that the club seemed determined to keep at least one of the two players as cover.
Luiz Gustavo(Bayern to Wolfsburg
In a transfer saga that had rumbled on throughout the summer, Luiz Gustavo's proposed move out of Bayern notably gathered pace on Sunday, August 11, when the Guardian and the Telegraph published similar articles stating that Arsenal were closing in on the player. The next day, on August 12, the Independent announced their own version of the story.
On the same day, Sky Sports then broke the news that Arsenal had tabled a bid of £17.2 million for the Brazilian, stating that talks were at an advanced stage despite the player being away on international duty at the time being. The story also reported that Gustavo was not wiling to make the move to Wolfsburg as he preferred the prospect of Champions League football.
Alas, his transfer saga proved to be yet another one that slipped through Arsene Wenger's fingers when Bayern Munich confirmed on August 16, with an official announcement on their site, that the Brazilian midfielder would be joining Wolfsburg this season.
“On behalf of FC Bayern, I would like to express warm thanks to Luiz Gustavo for his two and a half years in Munich,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge upon announcing the undisclosed deal. He added: “his calm but always friendly and extremely professional manner has won him many friends at our club. We could always rely on Luiz Gustavo, and he made his contribution to FC Bayern winning the treble last season.“