Bayern Munich started the second half of its 2019/2020 season in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 victory over Hertha BSC Berlin last Sunday. Though the result looks convincing, the scoring did not begin until the hour-mark, when the Bavarians were finally able to break down the Hertha defense.
The victory put the German record champions into second place, still four points behind league leaders RB Leipzig, who are set to travel to Munich in early February.
After reports of disagreements between the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić and interim coach Hans Flick regarding possible January transfers, they seem to have reached a compromise. Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola will join the team on loan until the end of the season.
Salihamidžić said that Flick wanted a right-back, with a possible plan to move Benjamin Pavard into the center of defense on a more permanent basis.
Personally, I am not a fan of six-month loans in most circumstances. The only exception might be an injury-related problem at one position or another This is not the case here.
I supported the loan deals for Ivan Perišić and Philippe Coutinho, because they will have a full season behind them before the club will decide whether or not to sign them permanently. With the Odriozola move just being a six-month deal, it does not make much sense to me.
That said, we will wait and see how it goes. I do have confidence in the board of Bayern Munich. They have shown for decades that they are clever deal makers. Getting the likes of Leon Goretzka, Robert Lewandowski and next season Alexander Nübel on free transfers, proves that.
Sound financing and clever management have been the bedrock of the club’s success. Salihamidžić and Oliver Kahn will do well to continue that tradition. Only that can help Bayern Munch navigate the current transfer market madness.