Bayern Munich Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 21
Bayern Munich's Bundesliga opener against Wolfsburg is approximately one month away, and the German giants are currently well into their preparations for the upcoming season.
No club sent more players to the 2014 World Cup than the German champions, and fatigue is a big concern for the club as they look to win their third consecutive Bundesliga title. Via German outlet TZ, sporting director Matthias Sammer recently pointed out the fact that in the seasons immediately following the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Bayern were not crowned champions.
However, the retired sweeper also admitted it's possible that Bayern could enter the 2014-15 season without any additional changes to the team that has seen Juan Bernat, Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode join and Toni Kroos, Mario Mandzukic and Daniel van Buyten leave during the summer.
B/R will be tracking all rumours and news pertaining to Bayern throughout the transfer window. Be sure to check here regularly for all the latest.
Last updated: Friday, July 25.
Following the signings of Robert Lewandowski, Juan Bernat and Sebastian Rode, Bayern do not need any further outfield additions to their squad, according to Pep Guardiola. The trainer said as much (via Bild) in a Thursday press conference.
However, Guardiola did say that he could use an experienced, third goalkeeper. The coach cited the fact that Manuel Neuer and backup Tom Starke were both injured at the same time in the spring and that as a result, he was without a seasoned option between the posts.
Guardiola did not comment on any specific goalkeeper he sought to sign.
Sinan Kurt is widely expected to leave Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer; the 18-year-old turned down an invitation to train with the club's first team. Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl has now said, however, that Bayern Munich will have to do more in order to secure the services of the young forward whose contract expires in 2016.
Speaking to SportBild, Eberl confirmed that Kurt is intent on joining Bayern and that he hopes a resolution is made soon, for the sake of the player's development. But he said that if the Bundesliga title holders are so keen to procure Kurt's services, they will have to show this desire monetarily. The German source claims that Gladbach rejected a €3 million offer and are holding out for a value on the order of €5 million.
The Italian newspaper claims that Shaqiri's agent will meet with Juve representatives on Wednesday to discuss a possible contract. Additionally, the report states that Monaco are also in the race to sign the Swiss winger, whose contract expires at the end of June, 2016.
Update, Wednesday, July 23
Speaking to Tuttosport (h/t Spox), Shaqiri admitted that he considers Juventus a good option, like Liverpool and Bayern, and opined that a move to Turin would not be a step backward in his career. He added that he was unaware of whether Liverpool or Juve were in touch with Bayern with regard to a possible transfer.
Bayern have in recent days and weeks been linked with Juan Cuadrado, but according to Bild, their interest is no more.
Adding another winger to the squad is not a huge priority following the signing of Juan Bernat, and certainly not necessary at a price tag in excess of €40 million. Fiorentina are presumably interested in creating a bidding war between Bayern and other interested clubs, but it seems that the German giants are unwilling to have any part in that.
Marco Reus missed the World Cup due to an ankle injury, but that didn't stop him from catching the eye of Pep Guardiola. According to TZ, the Spanish trainer is keen to bring the 25-year-old to Munich.
However, the report claims that Bayern's board of directors have turned down the prospect of pursuing Reus for public relations reasons.
After signing Mario Goetze and Lewandowski from their only real domestic competitors, Dortmund, Bayern's image in Germany is not exactly the greatest.
Signing a third BVB superstar in a matter of two years could be as devastating a blow to the club's perception as it would be a sporting gain. TZ asserts that Bayern will not make a move for Reus.