Well here we are. 2013 was a blast, but now it's time for the new year. To kick things off, we warmly welcome the return of the January transfer window. A modern day tradition in every sense, the winter transfer window is something that supposedly exists purely for the entertainment of us, the fans.
Players usually can't stand it, managers fear for it, and entire clubs have been known to lock their doors and pull the cord out of the phone. For the agents are coming and with them a whole host of transfer rumours for us to decipher.
Bayern Munich have got off to a quick start in this transfer window with the young central defender turned defensive midfielder, Jan Kirchhoff, making a quick and tidy loan move official before the market even has a chance to open. He can now call himself a Schalke a player for the next 18 months in what is likely a good move for all parties involved.
Here are all the other rumours surrounding Bayern Munich in the transfer market this week.
Last Updated: 15:00 Thursday, January 2
On January 2 the dreaded tale of David Luiz returned once again to the forefront of every Bayern fan’s worries as the British paper, the Daily Mirror, ran with a story originally reported by Bild, that Pep Guardiola was once again hot on the heels of the Chelsea defender in the high hopes of bringing him to Munich this month.
Luiz has been in and out of the Chelsea line up this season and although Bayern have a rather plentiful squad another centre back would be ideal. If Pep were to get a large wad of cash to spend in this transfer window it seems likely that he’d throw most of it at the Chelsea tackler.
Although Bayern may be chasing big stars around the continent at the moment, news has arrived this week linking them with 19 year-old Matthias Ginter from struggling Bundesliga side Freiburg.
Ginter, who currently plays as a central defender was linked to the club on January 1 through Bild(German) who stated in an interview with the player that he has yet to be contacted by the Bavarian club yet such movement looked likely.
It's a story that we're all sick of talking about, but Robert Lewandowski's proposed move to Bayern Munich is a move that will have major ramifications across German and European football when it does eventually go through.
The Polish striker has made the odd suggestion of a move towards Bayern over the past few months with no official comment being made from either the player or his current club.
Yet today, December 31, a story did start doing the rounds, as reported by the Mirror, stating that the international footballer would be making an official announcement on his future no later than January 2 with regards to when he would be leaving the club.
Although Jan Kirchhoff is still very much a promising, young player at Bayern Munich, the amount of game time that he received this season is far from what he would have deemed ideal when he made the move to the club this year.
As such, rumours have been bouncing around the German press linking him with a loan move to another club in the Bundesliga.
FC Nurnberg have long been considered the favourites for the German internationalist's signature in January, following an article in Kicker (German) on December 22 stating that both Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Der Club coach Gertjan Verbeek have confirmed the club is interested in the Bavarian talent.
Yet they also stated that no contract had been officially agreed upon.
Then on December 27, Bayern Munich (German) announced that the young defender turned midfielder had joined none other than Schalke 04 on an 18-month contract. Yet another sure sign that the young German player has very little to do with Pep Guardiola's current plans at Bayern.
In a rumour that may sound more like a bad joke, news last week began linking Bayern Munich with yet another central midfielder in the form of Atletico Madrid's Koke.
The midfielder, who has often been referred to by the imaginative term "next Xavi," has been of some interest to the English press ever since he was linked to David Moyes' Manchester United. Yet, The Independent turned the story on its head on December 20 when it announced that Bayern Munich were also interested in the young Spaniard.
Such a rumour makes sense when we consider that Pep Guardiola would naturally be aware of most of the emerging talent in Spain, yet bringing in another midfielder just doesn't sound right. And swooping in to steal another Man United target would just be cruel.