The team were embarrassingly knocked out from the Champions and are looking to get back stronger next season.
Real Madrid lifted the Champions League trophy for a third consecutive time in May and Bayern Munich won a sixth straight Bundesliga title, but it is a different story for both clubs this season. Both the clubs started the season in an unlike manner. Bayern had a divided opinion on the defensive approach of Niko Kovac whereas Real couldn’t replace the legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane. Both the clubs didn’t really sign world class players and relied on it’s ageing squad. The loyalty to being irrationally frugal came at a cost of getting knocked out of Champions League in front of their fans respectively. Real struggled on domestic level as well as on continental whereas Bayern were outclassed by Liverpool and somehow managed to stay at the top of Bundesliga. As the season ends both the clubs vow to not repeat such a terrible season. It seems this European giants are ready to invest the largest sum in their history this summer.
German giants announcement
Having already spent 115 million euros on the signings of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, Bayern Munich are planning the biggest investment in their history during the upcoming transfer window.Although back in 2017 Uli Hoeness claimed that the club are not willing to spend large sums on football players, the president of the German giants has announced a budget of 200m euros for the upcoming season.“We are immersed in a process to rejuvenate the squad and next summer will be the largest investment in signings in the history of Bayern,” he said. In 2017/18 Bayern spent only 10m euros on the acquisition of Alphonso Davies from the Vancouver Whitecaps, while Leon Goretzka signed on free from Schalke. The club are willing to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz on a 75m euro fee, while they are also targetting his teammate Julian Brandt. According to Bild, they have already reached an agreement for RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, whose contract ends in 2020. The Bavarians unsuccessfully tried to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea in January, while players such as Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic are on their radar too.
Niko Kovac is aiming to build a young squad, having already gelled players such as Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso, Joshua Kimmich and Niklas Sule into his starting line-up. Although superstars such as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will depart Munich, Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba will remain at the team for the upcoming season.Lucas has been the most expensive transfer in Bayern’s history and the club plan to invest even more this summer.
Better performances are required from the German giants if they are to lift another European trophy, but with star players such as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben entering the final years of their careers, new blood was required to reach the desired level.