Bayern Munich ends their 2022 campaign with disappointment as the discreet debacle is revealed and the stars’ future is at stake.
FC Hollywood might still be too strong compared to their contenders in Bundesliga and have the best squad in the last decade. However, the current situation has become worrying as the club is at risk of losing their Stars.
Earlier this year, their centre back Niklas Sule opted out after rejecting the contract extension in the winter. What’s even worse, the German international did not want to take part in Bayern’s final game this season and chose to sign for Borussia Dortmund. Another star who is likely to follow Sule’s footsteps is their top scorer, Robert Lewandowski. He has been reportedly not interested in staying in Allianz Arena next season and keen on the move to Barcelona. Some other names are even at stake of leaving Die Roeten as well as the contract talks has not been improving yet. One of them is Serge Gnabry.
The debacle might potentially worsen if the internal conflict between Julian Nagelsmann and the Sporting Director Hasan ‘Brazzo’ Salihamidzic carries on. The two important figures in the club have been in disagreement regarding the transfer policy. The former Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig boss expected Die Roeten to swoop the move for Gladbach’s Denis Zakaria, Freiburg man Nico Schlotterbeck and Toulouse youngster Amine Adli. Zakaria was considered too expensive as Bayern was not into offering € 5 million while Schlotterbeck and Adli have been deemed unsuitable for the club’s formation whereas Nagelsmann would like to be given a chance to explore more tactics than the usual 4-2-3-1, especially the one with the back of three like 3-2-4-1, 3-1-4-2 or 3-4-3. That means he would need more versatile players and even rotate the squad. Such is something which Brazzo would not keen on doing, resulting the long response to approach those proposed names. In addition, the former Bayern while winning UCL in 2001 alongside the current club CEO, Oliver Kahn, only offers players aged more than 30 years old, including their stars, with lower salary and one-year extension. Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer might take it but Lewandowski refuse it.
Brazzo might have a point in the latter decision but probably be mistaken for the former. Nagelsmann has been proven that his way works with Hoffenheim and Leipzig. Unfortunately, the senior players might not always in favour of such tactic. Muller would still want to take part and so would Neuer, which might be the reason why the second goalkeeper who is currently on loan with Monaco, Alexander Nubel prefers to extend his stay for the Ligue 1 side. Not to mention Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and even Lewy himself. They are seemingly not interested in attempting new role or position. Consequently, Nagelsmann’s preferred key man, Marcel Sabitzer or the youngster Jamal Musiala often started from the bench this season instead of being in the line up.
This season is already over and they are on the verge of losing stars and expected to sign someone equal to the ones who move out. Recently, Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui have held talks with the club. They can be their first prospective transfers for 2022/23 season. The question remains whether those are the proposed by Nagelsmann or simply Brazzo’s choice for the sake of club’s economy which is also hit by the pandemic. One thing for sure, more stars might have to be sacrificed next season if Bayern Munich heads to early exit in UCL and DFB Pokal again. It could be either one of them.