Bayern Munich Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 14
With the World Cup finally having come to a close on Sunday and the 2014-15 club season still weeks away, silly season is in full gear.
Bayern Munich are now in the midst of squad planning for the next campaign, knowing that fatigue could be a factor considering the fact that no club sent more players to the World Cup than the Bundesliga champions.
Juan Bernat's acquisition was announced last week; he joins Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode among newcomers to the Bayern squad next season. Mario Mandzukic was sold to Atletico Madrid last week, joining Alessandro Schopf (Nurnberg) and Daniel van Buyten (released) as departures.
Bayern are a big club with huge ambitions, though, and they are surely not done with their squad changes just yet.
Click "Begin Slideshow" for a look at the latest rumours on their possible arrivals and departures, and be sure to check here again for daily updates.
Last updated: Saturday, July 19.
Following the departure of Toni Kroos, Bayern are allegedly prepared to bid €42 million for the 26-year-old. However, Fiorentina are allegedly unwilling to accept an offer from Bayern for a week in order to allow Barcelona a chance to make a counter-offer.
The report also alleges that Manchester United are keen on Cuadrado's signature, although the Red Devils are only outside contenders. Cuadrado, who scored 11 goals and gave eight assists in Serie A last season, has a contract with Fiorentina that expires in 2017.
Toni Kroos' move to Real Madrid has been widely reported in the Spanish and German press, with Carlos Carpio of Marca revealing on July 3 that Los Blancos had reached an agreement with Bayern to sign the player, who had agreed to a six-year contract worth €6 million annually after tax (around €12 million before tax).
The player confirmed his move after Sunday's World Cup final. He's quoted by Sky Sports (via Fox Soccer) as saying: "We've finished the World Cup in the best way possible. Now I'm going to Madrid, so that's two dreams achieved."
Kroos and Bayern had long conducted negotiations over a possible extension, but the two parties were unable to reach an agreement.
Raphael Honigstein reported in January that Kroos had demanded wages closer to Arjen Robben (€8 million, per German outlet SportBild), Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm (both €10 million) but below Franck Ribery (€12 million).
Exactly how much Bayern were willing to pay Kroos was not revealed until Monday, when German paper Bild reported that Kroos (currently on €4.5 million at Bayern) was offered a contract worth €7 million per season.
By comparison, Thiago Alcantara and Lewandowski earn €8 million, while Mario Goetze's wage is on par with Ribery's €12 million.
Update: Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed to Sport1 on Tuesday that his club and Real are in talks over a transfer of Kroos to the Bernabeu.
It seems only a matter of time before Borussia Monchengladbach starlet Sinan Kurt joins Bayern. The 17-year-old was linked with a move to Bavaria earlier this summer, and Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl confirmed (via Spox) the Munich giants' interest on Wednesday.
According to Eberl, Kurt is to Gladbach like Pierre Hojbjerg is to Bayern and would not come on the cheap. But the sporting director admitted that every player has his price.
One day after signing Felix Gotze, Bayern were linked with another 16-year-old, Nikolai Laursen. According to the print version of Kicker (as reported by Spox), the Danish youngster has met with Bayern representatives, who are keen to bring him to Munich.
A right-winger, Laursen has a contract with Brondby that is valid until 2016. Bayern are allegedly interested in signing him in the summer of 2015.
Bayern Munich confirmed the signing Mario Gotze's younger brother, Felix, from Dortmund on Wednesday. Youth manager Michael Tarnat is quoted by Sport1 as having told SportBild that the 16-year-old forward will join Bayern's under-17 team.
Felix and Mario are two of three Gotze brothers who are career footballers. The third, Fabian, plays left-back at 3. Liga side Unterhaching.
With Daniel van Buyten having left Bayern at the end of his contract on June 30, the Bundesliga title-holders are in the market for a new center-back. According to Munchner Merkur, one option the Bavarians are considering is Konstantinos Manolas.
Manolas played well at the World Cup and, considering that his contract runs until 2016, will reportedly command a transfer fee in the region of €10 million.
With ex-Bayern and Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal having joined Manchester United, many rumours have arisen linking his star pupil, Arjen Robben, with a move to Old Trafford.
Robben addressed these rumours directly on Sunday, ruling out a possible departure from Bayern: "I have a special bond with [Van Gaal]. He is the most important coach in my career," Robben told Dutch source NOS (via the Press Association, h/t The Guardian). "[Moving to United] is not an option though. I will stay at Bayern Munich."
In March, the 30-year-old Robben penned a contract extension with Bayern that will keep him at the club until the end of June 2017.
Xherdan Shaqiri's future at Bayern was very much in doubt before the World Cup. The player also gave a very candid interview with German paper 20Minuten, in which he claimed he had no intention to continue to warm the bench at Bayern and wanted to play regularly in big matches.
Since then, Liverpool have been reported by German outlet Kicker Online (later covered independently by Simon Jones of the Daily Mail) to have submitted an official bid. Roma have allegedly entered the race late, according to Bruce Archer of the Daily Star.
However, Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer said on Monday that the Swiss star is going nowhere, according to Kicker (via Sky Sports).
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