Bayern Munich Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2
With less than one month left until the summer transfer window officially opens, Bayern Munich are making headlines.
Last week, the Bavarians were linked with several center-backs, as well as Gladbach starlet Sinan Kurt. Additionally, many of their star players were reported to be on the wish list of some of Europe's top clubs.
Still, as of yet, the only confirmed transfers at Bayern are the signings of Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode. This week therefore will surely continue to bring new rumours and updates on the many narratives concerning the Bayern squad.
Check here regularly for all the latest.
Last Updated: Saturday, June 7
Kroos' agent, Volker Struth, allegedly met with representatives of Los Blancos on three occasions in recent weeks to discuss the possibility of his client moving to the Bernabeu. Real allegedly are keen to sign Kroos this summer, but could wait until the player's contract at Bayern expires in 2015.
Bayern and Kroos have been in negotiations over a new deal for several months, but have been unable to reach an agreement over wages.
Julian Green is now a fully capped USA international, but has yet to assert himself as a senior Bayern Munich player. The 18-year-old scored 15 goals and assisted eight more for Bayern's reserve team in 2013-14 and for his performances is allegedly a target for Tottenham.
According to The Metro, Spurs are prepared to bid £5 million for the player, who last fall signed a professional contract that runs through June, 2017.
Bastian Schweinsteiger's future at Bayern Munich is now in question, as explained in detail in this article assessing whether the club should sell him amid interest from Manchester United. And now, Graham Hunter, author of Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World, is quoted by The Metro as claiming Pep Guardiola intends to offload the vice-captain.
"Pep Guardiola does want to move Schweinsteiger on," Hunter said. "He feels Schweinsteiger doesn’t move the ball quickly enough for the brand of football he's trying to implicate."
The English newspaper's report also echoed previous news that United are keen to sign Schweinsteiger, who has a contract that is set to expire in 2016.
Bayern Munich's pursuit of a center-back is by now no secret. One of their targets, Aymeric Laporte, has commented on the Bavarians' interest.
As quoted by L'Equipe (h/t InsideFutbol), the 20-year-old is flattered by the Bavarians' interest:
"It's a dream, Bayern is one of the best teams in the world. But I'm in Bilbao and I have a buyout clause of €36m."
“Would I consider the option of leaving? I will think, but for now I am calm."
Laporte made 38 appearances for Bilbao in 2013-14 and is a three-times-capped France international.
With Diego Contento's Bayern future in question, the Bavarians may soon need a new left-back alternative to David Alaba. If they do indeed move for a left-sided defender, Aleksandar Kolarov is their top priority, according to Sky Italia (via Spox—in German).
The Serbia international has a contract with Manchester City that is set to expire in 2015. The Citizens may be willing to cash in on the left-back, who has had to compete with Gael Clichy for playing time, given the stringent spending restrictions they received as part of their settlement with UEFA over Financial Fair Play breaches.
The 29-year-old Kolarov would make a good back-up for Alaba, who has rarely had a break in recent seasons and currently is recovering from an abdominal-muscle injury.
Although Kicker (as referenced in last week's transfer tracker) recently claimed that Bayern had stepped up their pursuit of Matthias Ginter, it appears that their interest is not reciprocated by the Germany international.
Der Westen reported on Tuesday that the 20-year-old Ginter much prefers a move to Dortmund in spite of interest from Bayern as well as Schalke, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City. And ideally, he intends to complete his move before the World Cup.
Bayern still have an outside chance of signing Ginter, given that Freiburg and BVB have yet to agree on a transfer value for the player, who has no exit clause and is under contract until 2017. But it seems that negotiations will have to break down between BVB and SCF before a Bayern transfer can be considered a realistic option.