Bayern's transfers leave a trail of devastation - sports
- From the largely announced transfer offensive Munich is so far nothing to see.
- On the contrary: At the latest with the departure of Mats Hummels prevails a clearance sale at the German champions.
- Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund shows what a coherent change policy looks like.
One sentence, which Hasan Salihamidzic will follow over the whole long summer, had already been said by his superior Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in December. Although Bayern was still far from the championship, he was second in the table behind Dortmund, but he had left the autumnal low behind, and also there were only a few days until Christmas. So spoke Rummenigge, the board chairman of FC Bayern, a benevolent sentence about his sports director Salihamidzic: The Hasan, he said, was "on fire". It sounded like a threat.
One of the main tasks of the sports director is the transfer business. In his first major change period as the top transfer manager in Munich, the long summer of 2018, Salihamidzic had spent exactly zero euros for new players. But in the summer of 2019, Rummenigge announced shortly before Christmas that a lot would happen. This prognosis they have repeatedly reaffirmed with new powerful sentences, the most powerful came from President Uli Hoeneß. In February, he said: "If you knew what we already know for the coming season ..." In March, he said: "We are in the process of rejuvenating our team, which is FC Bayern's biggest investment program ever had. " The minimum limit on transfer expenditures was suddenly 200 million euros. Then came the summer break.
Salihamidzic was in Sardinia at a charity golf tournament earlier this week, finding time to talk to the agency Omnisport, but what he said did not sound like he was on fire anymore. "We want to do some things in the transfer market," he said, but immediately put it into perspective: "We now have a few months to work on it and we need to be relaxed and patient to see what's possible." These were sentences that Salihamidzic's predecessor Matthias Sammer, the master of anticyclicalism, could not have put forward.
At the latest on Wednesday, the largely announced transfer offensive Munich has become the opposite. With FC Bayern prevails just two and a half weeks before the training kickoff on July 8, once a sell-off. No-one knows, and since Wednesday, when the club has sold center-back Mats Hummels to Dortmund, Bayern are not so sure who Bayern are still in the squad at the moment ,
Still missing the transfers, which put the Bundesliga in fear and anxiety
The 30 year old Hummels, who loud kicker-Information for a transfer fee of up to 38 million euros to his former club and has signed a contract there for three years, is already the fifth departure of the Munich after Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Rafinha and James Rodríguez; Jérôme Boateng, whom Hoeneß had recommended as part of the celebration of the championship, would certainly be looking for a new club (which, incidentally, Boateng would have done without Hoeneß's advice).
This is contrasted by three approaches so far: From Hamburger SV comes for three million euros of the 19-year-old attacker Jann-Fiete Arp, with the recommendation of a hit in 17 second division games. For the defense of Bayern has two French champions committed: Benjamin Pavard comes after a season in which he has relegated with VfB Stuttgart, for 35 million euros. Lucas Hernández costs after a season in which he injured twice at the knee Atlético Madrid, the Bundesliga record of 80 million euros; presumably he will be back in time for the Bundesliga start. These are transfers that may be right in perspective. But there are still no transfers that put the Bundesliga or even the competition in the Champions League in fear and anxiety.
What a coherent change policy looks like, shows Borussia Dortmund
English wing-winger Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea, whom Salihamidzic - still pretty much on fire - said in January that the club "absolutely wanted" him? Will be loud Sports picture just examined by team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. German winger Leroy Sané of Manchester City? Will prefer to go on vacation first. Leipzig's Timo Werner, Sané's storm partner in the national team? Reluctant, allegedly unsettled by the Munich interest in Sané. Midfielder Rodrigo from Atlético? He said he chose the club he always wanted to go to: Manchester City. So far, Munich's transfer activities alone have left a burning trail of devastation.
What a coherent change policy looks like, which shows just the team that stood just before Christmas in front of Bayern in the table. Dortmund have already brought from Leverkusen Julian Brandt, from Mönchengladbach Thorgan Hazard, from Hoffenheim Nico Schulz. All players who should accelerate the nimble Dortmund football even further - in Hummels, one of the best players in the Munich second round, now comes a veteran who will guide the young racer.
In the case of Munich, on the other hand, it is only clear that they want to strengthen coach Niko Kovac by selling all those players who could have caused trouble. Be it because they grumbled as bankers, be it because they liked to make their own, others and sometimes even critical thoughts like Hummels. Strengthened the club with the previous transfer policy so a coach, which had previously weakened club boss Rummenigge until a few weeks ago by his repeatedly denied confession publicly.