Franck Ribery may not be the best player in world football, but his club Bayern Munich can certainly lay claim to being the best team within the sport at this moment in time.
Yet, such a claim hasn't stopped the Bavarian juggernauts from continuing on with its business this January with signings in and out of the club aplenty.
The first was Jan Kirchhoff, the young central defensive midfielder, who has now left to join Schalke on loan for 18 months. That was swiftly followed by the high-profile announcement that Borussia Dortmund star striker Robert Lewandowski had signed a pre-contract with the Munich side and would be moving in the summer.
Last week, we also received confirmation from the German press stating that Eintracht Frankfurt youngster Sebastian Rode would also be signing a pre-contract with the club, but Bayern have yet to confirm such a rumour.
Here are your rumours and all the transfer news regarding Bayern Munich this week.
Last updated Jan. 17, 4 p.m. GMT (10 a.m. EST).
With the new week comes the renewed notion that Bayern Munich need a brand new central defender in order to continue competing at the top of European football.
Alas, it was Bild(German) who 'broke' the story on January 16 of PSG's superstar shot-stopper, Thiago Silva, making his way to the top of the Bavarian club's shortlist in the hope of signing the Brazilian and placing him alongside his countryman, Dante.
The story goes in to some detail as to the inabilities of current first choice partner, Jerome Boateng, as well as a fair amount of pessimism towards Holger Badstuber's steady return to full fitness.
Bild are usually right on the money when it comes to Bayern's transfers, but this one sounds like a long shot.
In what must be seen as a rather surprising turn of events, Bayern's one and only ever-present central defender, Dante, has been linked with a number of clubs in England, with Manchester City looking as though they are top of the pile for the Brazilian's signature.
In a story reported by Sport Bild Plus (German) on Sunday, Jan. 12, and then later picked up by Liam Prenderville of Mirror Football on the following day, Dante told reporters that he had received offers from England with the intent of signing this month.
Whether the defender was tempted is another story entirely and one that we're not so sure we agree with at this moment in time.
Dave Kidd of Mirror Football broke the story on Saturday, Jan. 11, writing:
Mourinho insists Mata will not be allowed to join a Premier League rival but may now end up selling the player to Guardiola, with whom he endured a stormy relationship during their time in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
He also added that the Spaniard would be willing to wait until the summer before making such a move, when Pep Guardiola would prefer to sign him due to being cup tied.
Ian McCourt of The Guardian also picked up this story and summarized it in a different, special way:
Pep Guardiola had decided that the club are dangerously underweight when it comes to pretty central midfielders who play attacking ball and so he has saved up £20m to splash on his fellow Spaniard. The trouble for Mata is that Pep wants to wait till the sun is stronger and the days are longer because his Chelsea chum done got himself Big Cup tied already.
Of course, such a rumour must be taken with a pinch of salt at this moment in time, especially when we apply some basic logic to it. Bayern Munich already have a whole range of attacking midfielders and certainly don't seem to have any great need for more. I think we'll put a pin in this one for now.