Bayern Munich Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 27
Bayern Munich may just be one week back into the old swing of things in the Bundesliga, with a wonderful 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday night, but news and rumours surrounding players coming and going from the club persist.
Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be more than content with his January dealings, following the announcement of Robert Lewandowski's pre-contract deal this summer, yet limelight that continues to shine on the club seems focused on stars who may be on their way out of Munich before the transfer window slams shut.
Here are all the transfers and rumours surrounding Bayern Munich this week.
Last Updated: January 31—7 p.m. GMT
Bastian Schweinsteiger(Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United)
As reported by Bleacher Report on Wednesday, January 28, the recent news and rumours surrounding Bastian Schweinsteiger's role at Bayern Munich have hit fever level over the past few days.
The concept picked up traction when Oliver Kahn, during an interview with German magazine Kicker, made an interesting comment regarding the midfielder's future at the club.
As reported by Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC on January 28, Kahn said;
The Daily Mail also picked up the scent without a moments notice, producing a feature by Kit Holden in which it explains the interest shown from Manchester United in past seasons and the difficulty Schweinsteiger will face when trying to get back in to this side.
Toni Kroos (To Manchester United)
Friday's game against Gladbach went according to plan for Bayern as they opened proceedings to the Bundesliga championship in 2014, yet the main story that came from the match was the presence of David Moyes in the stands, which has now led many papers to speculate as to who he was following.
The English angle is of course based around the prospect of one of Bayern's brightest stars, Toni Kroos, looking to jump ship and join the interested party in Manchester. The Daily Telegraph ran with the story on January 25 stating that Moyes was shown around the Munich ground by an assistant to Volker Struth, whose agency deals with Kroos' contract.
The Daily Mirror also ran with the same story that day, correctly stating that player's contract is set to expire in 2015 meaning that he may be available at a cut-price this summer.
Bayern are confident that the midfielder will tie his contract up before too long, yet as stated in Bild (German), again on January 25, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pointed out that the recent talks have brought no results.
Speculation continued on January 28 when Sky Sports reported an interview the German international did with Kicker, in which he states:
"I am unable to rule anything out," I am under contract with Bayern Munich (until June 2015). Actually there are yet no further talks (regarding a new contract) scheduled. I will therefore fully focus on the second half of the season.
Before Bundesliga reporter Jan Aage Fjortoft tweeted later that day, saying: "Tony Kroos has rejected Bayern's 1st offer to extend his contract (till 2015). I understand he wants to double his money."
Then today, January 29, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke to Bild Sport(German) and made the club's intentions with Kroos perfectly clear:
"I hope we can get an agreement with Toni Kroos. We have to find a contract that make Toni and Bayern happy."
Mario Mandzukic (Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona)
Another story that hit the headlines on Friday night was the lack of Mario Mandzukic in Bayern's entire first-team squad to face Gladbach following an alleged huff he had throughout the training sessions last week.
Guardiola obviously saw fit to drop the striker and as such has led to speculation over his future at the club.
The English papers the Daily Mail and the Mirror both ran stories on Friday, January 24, stating that Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, wanted to sign the striker following the rift between Mandzukic and his current coach.
Bild (German) ran with the story immediately on Sunday, January 26, stating that Mandzukic's main problem is the imminent arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund and is now pushing for a move out of the club. They also stated that amongst a whole host of clubs interested in the striker's signature, it was now Barcelona who had made their way to the front of the queue.
Quotes then surfaced from none other than Franz Beckenbauer, the proverbial loud-mouth at Bayern, who went on the record to German newspaper Die Welt, which was later reported by Abendzeitung Muenchen(German), stating:
"Yes. I assume that Lewandowski will be an immediate hit. His style fits Guardiola's tactics better than a pure box striker like Mandzukic. Plus, Pep could also put Thomas Muller or Mario Gotze up front."
When asked whether Robert Lewandowski's arrival could spell the end of Mandzukic's career at Bayern. Perhaps a silly comment to make, but not one that isn't shared around the club right now.