Has Bayern Munich made the right decision not to sign Cristiano Ronaldo? We also take a look at what’s next for Lewandowski, Zvonarek and Roca. Is a year-long loan to Manchester United the right move for Bayern? We’ll find out in this piece. Until then, you can enjoy some football commentary in the comments section.
Bayern Munich’s decision not to sign Cristiano Ronaldo
In the aftermath of Manchester United’s disappointing Champions League campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear that he wants to leave the club. Although reports from Spain have suggested that the German side could sign the Portuguese international from Manchester United, Bayern Munich have declined to sign the former Real Madrid star. The reason behind their lukewarm interest is unclear, but it could be that they believe that Ronaldo does not fit the club’s tactical philosophy and that he has little resale value.
Reports suggest that the Spanish international wants to join a club that is able to compete in the Champions League. Bayern’s interest in signing Ronaldo has been mentioned for several weeks now, with coach Jorge Mendes pushing for the Portuguese star’s transfer to Germany. However, it doesn’t seem that the interest in signing the Portugal international is mutual. Despite this, a move to Germany remains the most likely outcome.
While there are plenty of positives, the move of the Portuguese forward to Germany has a few disadvantages. First, Ronaldo is the highest-paid player in the world. His arrival will disrupt Bayern’s wage structure and will have long-term implications for the club. Second, Ronaldo does not fit Bayern’s ideal striker profile. He is rated as one of the worst in Europe when it comes to pressing from the front.
While it is true that De Ligt’s contract with Juventus is up for renewal, the German club isn’t planning to sign him. He’s still young enough to sign for Bayern in the summer. Therefore, the club could still sign De Ligt if Chelsea can meet the Italian side’s demands. In addition, De Ligt is a good option if a transfer to Bayern doesn’t work out.
Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski have been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena. The former’s contract expires in 2023, and while he’s done enough to become a Bundesliga legend, his contract has some serious holes. Lewandowski has previously expressed his desire to leave the club, but Bayern’s reluctance to sell him and Barca’s inability to pay a large enough transfer fee have put his future in doubt.
Robert Lewandowski has been excellent on the field this season, but he has struggled with his future. The Polish international admitted in March that he was open to new challenges, including a move away from the Bundesliga. Lewandowski’s agents are exploring all options, and Manchester United have asked to be kept informed about the situation. In 90min’s Talking Transfers podcast, we speak to Graeme Bailey, Toby Cudworth, and Ralf Rangnick about the future of Robert Lewandowski.
While there are rumors of Robert Lewandowski leaving Bayern this summer, the current situation is very different than it was last year. The German club has indicated that he will not sign a new contract until 2023, but this is still a long way off. The club could also sign Sadio Mane to bolster its midfield. Regardless of the situation, Lewandowski is enjoying his holidays in Spain and spoke to Sky Sport about his future.
While Lewandowski has been linked with a move away from Germany this summer, he has already had two great seasons with Bayern. In 2020-21, he surpassed Gerd Muller’s all-time Bundesliga goalscoring record with 35 goals. His goal tally for Bayern this season is a record. The striker also broke Gerd Muller’s record for most Bundesliga goals in a single season.
Croatian media have already dubbed Zvonarek as “the next Modric”. While he is certainly talented, his near future is still uncertain. After playing in Croatia’s first division, he proved he belonged in the top tier of European football. Playing in the fourth division of German football, however, will not offer the same challenges. He is not yet ready for a regular spot in the first team.
The Croatian midfielder is still young, but his future is bright. At the age of 16, he made his professional debut for Slaven Belupo and became the youngest captain in the history of Croatian first division. In addition to playing for Slaven Belupo, he has also played for the Croatian national team and its youth teams. Zvonarek has also been called a highly variable player on offense.
The 16-year-old has impressed in his first season in top-flight football. He scored his first goal of the season on Saturday and is on course to become the youngest captain in the country’s history. He could also cost up to five million euros if he is appointed directly to FCB next season. Hopefully, the youngster will be healthy throughout his career. If he can remain injury-free, his future is bright.
The 17-year-old is in a good position to make his debut in the Bundesliga. He has 12 youth international caps for his country and has scored twice. His last three appearances for Croatia have all come for the U17 side. Bayern Munich have also given debuts to Croatian youngsters. Luka Klanac and Gabriel Marusic are two other names to look out for. If Zvonarek can stay in Munich for another year, it could be an excellent way to prove his potential.
Roca’s future at Bayern Munich
After two years at Bayern Munich, Josef Roca has failed to make an impact. Despite playing 974 minutes in the Bundesliga, Roca has yet to score or assist in any of his 24 appearances. His market value has plummeted from EUR16 million to EUR7 million. Bayern have now decided to sell him and instead sign a younger striker. However, there is a risk that Roca will be sold again, perhaps to a lower level club, or to another team who can give him a chance to prove himself.
Leeds United have signed Marc Roca from FC Bayern. The club paid EUR12 million to sign the former Espanyol midfielder. The deal is for four years. Roca will join the Yorkshire club once he has completed his medicals. The deal was first reported by The Athletic’s Phil Hay two days ago. Since then, Leeds United have signed Brenden Aaronson and are set to sign a new striker.
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, the midfielder will most likely leave Bayern Munich to join a rival club. Julian Nagelsmann is not opposed to keeping Roca in the squad, but he would be unlikely to get enough playing time to justify the price tag. Bayern Munich are expected to sign Konrad Laimer and Ryan Gravenberch in the summer, which could make a move for Roca difficult.
In the end, Bayern Munich won their first two matches in convincing fashion. The side ended the Hinrunde with nine points, and Marc Roca was a key player. He was brought into the starting lineup following Joshua Kimmich’s absence due to COVID. However, his future at Bayern remains in doubt as the club are open to selling any of their players. It is not clear whether this deal will be finalised, but there is no reason why it cannot.
Marcel Sabitzer’s future at Bayern Munich
Although the Bundesliga club has been linked with RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer, Sabitzer is keen to stay at Bayern. While the German international is likely to be a better option than his fellow countryman, he has never managed to break out of the role of follower. Last season’s World Cup triumph for Germany meant Sabitzer’s stock fell to an all-time low and there have been rumours of a rift between him and the club. The German winger has three years left on his contract, but he has not been able to impress the Bayern crowd.
According to reports, the agent of Marcel Sabitzer has met with the club’s brass to discuss his future. The winger has been linked with Atletico Madrid, Roma, Arsenal and others. Bayern would reportedly be keen to sell Sabitzer for a fee of EUR 15 million. However, if Laimer joins the club, then the player may be forced to make a move. It is thought that Arsenal FC and Fenerbahce are interested in signing him.
As far as his future at Bayern Munich is concerned, it remains to be seen how he will be used. While some people think of him as a winger, Sabitzer will likely feature more as a central midfielder. The Austrian has the potential to be an excellent number 10 – but there is a big question mark over his position. He is expected to compete with Leon Goretzka for a central midfield position, but can also play wide.
The Austrian is also a potential candidate to leave the club at the end of this season, although he is under contract until 2025. However, the club will have to find another player to replace Sabitzer. And, if this happens, Bayern will likely have to match that offer. But in order for this to happen, the club must ensure the transfer is without major losses. So it is important that the club can provide an adequate offer for the German midfielder to keep Sabitzer.