Normal order has been taken over in the Bundesliga. There may have been a few tough games for Bayern Munich, but they are still at the top of the German top flight as the winter break approaches.
The Bavarian giants arguably have the best team in European football, but that doesn’t mean a few positions can’t be strengthened by some incoming signings.
With the club unlikely to fund mega dollar signings, manager Hansi Flick may have to look for cheaper alternatives, but also ones that match his pressing style.
Let’s see what the German champions are expected to do in January.
Perisic was a very useful player in the treble squad last season when he was loaned to Inter and would be a very safe option.
Flick knows the player and, more importantly, knows he can work effectively in the Bayern system.
Having fallen short of Inter’s valuation of the Croatian of € 3m with their € 12m offer in September, the loan deal was not made permanent.
Managing just two goals in 19 games for Antonio Conte’s side this season, could he miss playing for the German champions? Yeah, most likely.
Although Erling Haaland’s dream transfer currently seems unlikely given Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s comments on Bayern’s finances, a backup for their star man should be a priority.
Lewandowski continues to show the world that he ages like fine wine, being crowned FIFA Men’s Player of the Year earlier this month. However, he is 32 and is nearing the end of his career, and Bayern could be content to ease his goal burden.
Marcus Thuram of Borussia Mönchengladbach would deliver just that. The 23-year-old scored ten goals last season and appears to fit the mold of a Bayern Munich player.
Thomas Lemar had a pretty scorching time at Atletico Madrid but always captured the interest of the German giants, offering potential support to Thomas Muller et al.
A loan deal would make the most sense here, with Bayern having a history of resurrecting wingers’ careers on temporary deals. Kingsley Coman has only gotten stronger and now looks like one of the star performers in the Bundesliga. Don’t get us started on Serge Gnabry.
If the move happened and Flick rediscovered the player who had scored 14 goals in 55 appearances for Monaco, Bayern would have another first-class winger in his midst.
For a team that presses and harasses as much as Bayern, you can never have too many midfielders.
It was still a surprise to learn of their interest in West Ham star Tomas Soucek.
The 25-year-old Czech has impressed in his first year of Premier League football and would no doubt add to an already combative Bayern midfielder in the form of Josh Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.