Bayern Munich Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 28
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola declared in a press conference last Thursday that his side won't be in the market for any new signings in outfield positions between now and the end of the summer transfer window, according to the Daily Mail. However, that doesn't mean the team's transfer activities are completed.
In that same press conference, the trainer admitted he could do with a new goalkeeper following the departure of Lukas Raeder. As of now, the only senior shot-stoppers on the books at Bayern are Manuel Neuer and Tom Starke, and Guardiola would prefer to have a third option between the posts.
There is also the possibility of Bayern signing younger players for their reserve team with an eye on the future and in order to boost their chances of Bayern II gaining promotion to the 3. Liga.
Despite finishing first in the Regionalliga Bayern last season, FCB II were beaten by Fortuna Koln in a promotional playoff.
Finally, the possibility of Bayern offloading players tempted away or deemed surplus to requirements remains on the table, too.
B/R will be scouring the news all week long for all transfer news pertaining to Bayern.
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Last Update: Saturday, August 2
There has been precious little news of Bayern transfers in recent days, and perhaps with that in mind, many journalists may be reaching for possible stories. Sport1 (per Bild) interviewed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and asked about the possibility of his club pursuing Marco Reus next summer. The Bayern president's reply was anything but a flat ruling-out of any potential move.
Rummenigge said that he couldn't make such decisions a year in advance and that he would have to wait to see whether Bayern will have a need for the Dortmund man when his €35 million release clause takes effect in 2015.
Marca (via Spox) claims that Bayern are keen to sign Sami Khedira on a free transfer next summer. The Germans have supposedly offered the Real Madrid man substantially more than he earns in the Spanish capital, but are unwilling to pay a fee for his acquisition.
Khedira (according to La Sexta's Jose Luis Sanchez, h/t Metro) is demanding €9 million in annual wages from Arsenal. If Bayern were to meet his demand, they would be paying him €2 million-per-year more than the €7 million they offered Toni Kroos (according to Bild) before the 24-year-old transferred to Khedira's Real.
Kicker and Bild quickly rebuffed the Marca report, claiming that by their information, there is no interest from Bayern in Khedira. Sueddeutsche Zeitung also weighed in on the matter, claiming that by its information, Bayern were internally discussing the possibility of signing Khedira but had yet to make a decision.
Bayern Munich's pursuit of Borussia Moenchengladbach starlet Sinan Kurt is no news at this point, but according to Bild, there is an update: During the Telekom Cup in Hamburg over the weekend, the Bavarians tabled an increased offer for the young attacker, who turned 18 last week.
Bayern's offer was reportedly €2.5 million, which the tabloid claimed was an increase upon a previous €1.5 million offer.
Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl admitted there had been discussions between the clubs over Kurt's possible transfer.
SportBild previously reported that Bayern had offered €3 million for Kurt, which Gladbach refused, holding out for €5 million.
Both reports are consistent, however, in claiming that the player (who is under contract at Gladbach until 2016) is determined to move to Munich.
Update, July 30:
Spox reports that Bayern's offer for Kurt was actually €500,000 initially, with performance-based incentives that could raise the fee to a maximum of €2 million. Gladbach are still holding out for €3-5 million.
There has been plenty of speculation over the status of Xherdan Shaqiri at Bayern this summer. But despite widespread reports of other interested clubs, the Switzerland international insists that Bayern are his first club of contact regarding his long-term future.
His brother and agent, Erdin, told SportBild on Tuesday that discussions with other clubs have been put on ice and that they will consult with Bayern before considering other possibilities. The agent explained that Bayern had said his brother is in good standing at the club, but that the two parties were still working towards a resolution.
Shaqiri's contract with Bayern expires in 2016.
Over the weekend, Spanish source Sport (h/t Spox) reported that Guardiola is keen to bring Victor Valdes to Munich.
The Spanish goalkeeper was Guardiola's No. 1 at Barcelona and is available to join the German champions on a free transfer, his contract with the Catalan giants having expired at the end of June.
The 32-year-old was allegedly keen on joining Monaco but failed a medical following a tear to an anterior cruciate ligament. He is reported to have recovered to full fitness, however.
Here's (not) how Bayern goalkeeper Tom Starke reacted when he heard the news.
Mundo Deportivo (h/t Spox) claimed on Tuesday that Bayern are not entirely convinced on Valdes and will monitor his progress in recovering from injury. Supposedly they will wait until as late as October if not certain of his fitness beforehand.
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