There is still a lot of movement on Säbener Straße. Even if there have not yet been any notable reports of completion, FC Bayern Munich is diligently working on the squad for the coming season and may even bring in two new strikers.
In the past few days, the following story has been circulating on and around Säbener Straße: Sadio Mané’s advisors, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané are said to have made representations to the Bayern bosses. Everyone can probably imagine what it could have been about.
The fact that Mané is already at the top of the sales list was already apparent in the final phase of the past season. But there could be other prominent departures from FC Bayern.
Because the old and new management want to upgrade properly in the storm. The record champions have Randal Kolo Muani and Dušan Vlahović in their sights. It is even conceivable that both will come, provided that a financial agreement is reached with Eintracht Frankfurt and Juventus and the two transfers can be managed in addition to a planned purchase of Declan Rice.
In any case, Bayern are liquid, even a 100 million euro transfer is feasible. “We are very well positioned financially and have big goals. So the answer is: Yes, we could – but we would discuss it intensively in our group. We also decided with Lucas Hernandez – and that was four years ago – 80 million euros transfer fee,” said President Herbert Hainer in the sports picture.
A variant with Kolo Muani and Vlahović would of course change the face of Bayern’s offensive significantly. While last season there was largely a lack of a break-through center forward and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting could only really take part in the game, especially against top teams, by falling back into midfield, the record champions would have two central attackers at best and could even have a kind of double lead mobilize
Head coach Thomas Tuchel would benefit from the fact that Kolo Muani likes to drift a little over the flank anyway and tries to hit the central defense on the outside or get into diagonal dribbling. Anyone who followed the DFB Cup final last Saturday will have noticed this fact once again.
FC Bayern: Kolo Muani could take away the momentum of attacks
Kolo Muani is not a real winger like Kingsley Coman. Because his ball acceptance and ball control is too inconsistent for that. He likes to jump a bit on the playground equipment, which he can often fix thanks to his exceptional athleticism. His offensive dribbling rate and his average space gain with the ball at his feet are among the highest values among Europe’s strikers.
However, Kolo Muani would often take the dynamism and rhythm of Bayern attacks with his small mistakes, because he would not work almost alone at the front like in Frankfurt, but would act within an offensive structure that was moving forward. In this respect, Kolo Muani would have to position himself near the offside limit at Bayern.
As the sole point, the current Frankfurt attacker lacks the qualities as a detachment player. Again, Vlahović would be an option. In a partly dysfunctional Juventus team, the Serb could not justify the transfer fee of 82 million euros agreed at the beginning of 2022. Last season there were only ten goals in 27 Serie A games.
But his qualities remain largely undisputed, at least in the eyes of scouts and coaches. Should he switch to Bayern, he could become the second ex-Juve player after Matthijs de Ligt to find his old form again in Munich. Vlahović is at least a competent player from the fields and even combination striker and can therefore act better than Kolo Muani as a target player in a possession team like Bayern.
Vlahović: Bayern shouldn’t be put off by that
The Serbs shouldn’t be too impressed by the poor pass rate of 71.3 percent during the past season, because of course they need the necessary tactical environment to even get into the combination game. At times Juventus was all about forward-looking breakthroughs and Vlahović often took high risks in the passing game.
Should both Kolo Muani and Vlahović actually go to the record champions, a basic tactical formation like the one below could result, for example.
FC Bayern: A kind of triple storm with Coman
In this variant, Coman would act in a kind of triple storm alongside the two newcomers. Jamal Musiala would balance the whole thing on the left and slip into a similar role as Mason Mount once did under Tuchel at Chelsea.
Alphonso Davies, as an attacking winger, would meanwhile work the wing and also act as a brief pass for Musiala. Coman, on the other hand, could form the pass station that is far away from the ball, which is very common in Tuchel teams. The Frenchman is a better isolation dribbler than Gnabry and now also Sané. Of course, this is initially just a conceptual model that would depend on many squad restructurings. However, what can already be heard from Säbener Straße: Bavaria is serious about this transfer summer and does not shy away from large investments.
The 2022/23 season, which was almost disastrous from the Munich point of view, serves as a warning signal that the international competition has upgraded enormously and that Borussia Dortmund can once again be a serious challenger in the Bundesliga.
We will find out in the coming weeks and months whether Kolo Muani, Vlahović and even Rice will ultimately come.