Bayern Munich has begun its restructuring process for the upcoming season long ago. Despite all the assurances of coach Carlo Ancelotti and the team management that there would be no revolution, in terms of the squad and the style of play, one thing is for sure: the team needs to become younger.
The retirements of captain Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso and third goalkeeper Tom Starke gave the team the opportunity to make a fresh start, regardless of how painful the loss of especially Lahm will be.
The Bavarians seem determined to make this opportunity count. During the last winter break, they had already announced the signings of center back Niklas Süle and midfielder Sebastian Rudy (both from TSG Hoffenheim). Last week, offensive allrounder Serge Gnabry joined from Werder Bremen.
Today, the reportedly most expensive signing in Bundesliga history was announced by the club. It is midfielder Corentin Tolisso of Olympique Lyon. According to the sports magazine “Kicker”, the transfer of the French international will cost Bayern Munich a cool 41.5 million Euros.
The “Kicker” article also states that Joshua Kimmich is set to take the team’s starting right-back role, while Javi Martinez will play center-back, taking them both out of consideration for midfield roles. That combined with the retirement of Alonso leaves gaps at the center of the park, that need to be filled.
One wonders where all that leaves Renato Sanches, who played next to no role in the team last season already. Also, what might the Gnabry signing mean for Douglas Costa, who was rumored to be on his way out before it?
Beyond that, one can never rule out more incoming as well as outgoing transfers, which would ultimately lead to the denied “revolution” after all.
Bayern Munich is not only getting younger on the field, but also in the assistant coaching position, where club legend Willy Sagnol will replace the retiring Herman Gerland.
There is plenty to get excited about at Bayern, almost regardless of what the rest of the off-season brings.