Goals of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the upcoming transfer window

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The winter transfer period is an excellent opportunity to address problematic positions and improve the squad for football clubs. German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have had different performances in the first part of the season, but both teams need at least one, and ideally several, signings. In this material, we will discuss in detail the priority targets for these clubs.

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Bayern Munich

Who is needed: defensive midfielder, center-back, right-back (an interesting option – a versatile player capable of covering each of these positions).

In the center of defense, Bayern Munich has only three players for two positions: Dayot Upamecano, Kim Min-Jae, and Matthijs de Ligt. Considering that Kim has gone to the Asian Cup and will likely miss the start of the second round, any injury will create an extreme shortage of players.

There is a lack of a classic destroyer in the defensive midfield, confirmed by Bayern’s inability to acquire Joachim Andersen from Fulham on the last day of the summer transfer window. The right-back position is also problematic due to mistakes and frequent injuries of Nussair Mazraoui, who will also go to the Africa Cup of Nations. An alternative is Konrad Laimer, who, despite his role as a defensive midfielder, can play as a right-back.

The transfer of Eric Dier to Bayern seems highly probable. The club plans to pay less than 5 million euros for the 29-year-old Englishman, who has lost his place in Tottenham’s starting lineup. Dier is a versatile option, capable of playing in the center of defense, in the defensive midfield, and on the right side of the defense.

Another option is Nordi Mukiele, who is also versatile, capable of playing both in the center and on the right. However, due to Hakimi’s absence, PSG may not agree to his transfer.

There are rumors about Trevoh Chalobah from Chelsea. Chalobah is a versatile player, like Dier, but his age (24 years) and Chelsea’s pricing policy may create obstacles for a deal. A deal with Palhinha is also complicated, as he extended his contract with Fulham until 2028, and Bayern would have to pay a significant amount and wait for Fulham to find a replacement.

Borussia Dortmund

Who is needed: Jadon Sancho and a left-back

Interesting fact: in three seasons with Borussia Dortmund (from summer 2018 to summer 2021), Jadon Sancho scored 77 points in terms of goals + assists in the Bundesliga. This figure surpasses the results of most top players for the same period and is second only to Lionel Messi (122), Robert Lewandowski (99), Kylian Mbappe (90), and Karim Benzema (79). This highlights Sancho’s outstanding efficiency on the field during this time. In the context of these numbers, his time at Manchester United may raise additional questions.

If insiders are to be believed, Sancho is extremely close to a transfer, and the official announcement may come in the next few days or even hours.

There is a need for a loan for the left-back position. Rami Bensebaini proves unsatisfactory in attack and vulnerable in defense. The versatile Julian Ruess, although providing support, prefers to play on the right. A loan for Ian Maatsen from Chelsea is possible, but there are disagreements around the deal as Chelsea insists on a mandatory buyout, which Dortmund does not want. Maatsen, active in attack, can even play in the attacking flank.

An alternative could be Sergio Reguilon, who returned to Tottenham after an unsuccessful loan at Manchester United.

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