Juve: Italians are forming a squad ripe for the Champions League victory
"This club is hungry for the Champions League" - the words of Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge emphasize the Munich yearning for the Henkel pot. However, the 63-year-old also emphasized that he feels that it is becoming increasingly difficult to win the King's class.
That's why the people in charge of Munich have promised an incomparable transfer summer, which will finally lead the team back into Europe's elite. A few weeks after this statement it is clear: Leading top players to the Isar seems to be just as problematic for the Munich as winning the Champions League.
Significantly more emphasis
The FC Bayern should therefore take an example at another club, which also wants to climb the European throne, but pursued this goal with much more emphasis than the Munich: Juventus Turin.
After the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, the intentions of Juventus are beyond question - the "Bianconeros" want to bring the handlebar after 23 years finally back to Turin. The way the lady in charge of the transfer works should make all other aspirants sit up and take notice.
In the current transfer summer, the Italians have already reinforced with Matthijs de Ligt, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey. For the Dutch defense jewel, the Italians dig deep into their pockets, which in turn can be allowed if you're an expert in signing top players for free.
Juventus has established a science
Dani Alves, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Kingsley Coman, Samy Khedira, Emre Can and now Ramsey and Rabiot - the Italian series champion has made a science of piloting top players to Northern Italy free of charge after their contract expires. Consequently, the Italians can make large investments like that of Matthijs de Ligt without hesitation.
At the moment, the Ronaldo club is also thinking about the Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, who probably has no future at Inter Milan. In addition, players like Paulo Dybala or Douglas Costa despite low prospect of a regular place, not be delivered - too important is the qualitative width in the squad.
Bayern remains (still) inactive
The Bayern executives could look on Juventus one thing above all: The way in which transfers are handled. In Munich, one has the feeling that every request transfer first as a rumor goes through the press, which is partly because of the fact that those responsible take their names unrestrained in front of the press in the mouth.
In Turin, player purchases are different. Silently and secretly, without much advance notice and with a lot of tact in the background. Already last fall, they began to garnish Ramsey and Rabiot - with success. And even before the costly changes in the transfer market, the Turin scare not back - as the transfers of Ronaldo and de Ligt undoubtedly prove.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić should take this as an example. Otherwise, it will be increasingly difficult for Bayern in the future to play in the Champions League. While the competition continues to cheer up, the record champion remains (still) idle and waits. Very different Juve.