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Bayern Munich’s immediate attention is to win their match at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, however behind the scenes, attention has transformed to next season.

Wednesday’s news of an €85 million agreement with Atletico Madrid to get French World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez, only half-heartedly denied by executive chairman Karl Heinz Rummenigge, underlined the Bavarians’ dream to produce big, decisive movements from the transfer market, well in advance of their competition. It’s not going to be long before we’ll get a strong awareness of just how the 2019 20 team — the very first that will look much dissimilar to one that got the Champions League at 2013 — will look.

There are 3 chief factors that explain the rush. Most importantly, there exists a potent financial imperative to become the first mover in regards to specific goals. Bayern don’t want to find themselves at a nervy race along together with all other, potentially wealthier clubs later in the summertime.

Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez celebrate during France's World Cup win over Argentina. Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez have agreed deals to combine Bayern Munich.

That is the reason why they started negotiating with VfB Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard well in advance of this World Cup, as an example. Sources in Munich are adamant the 22-year-old has agreed to get the move to the allianz-arena the next summer, when Bayern may activate a €35m release clause. There’s a chance the transfer could be brought forward, to get a top notch, this winter. Stuttgart, however, can find it hard to sell their primary defensive player within the midst of an unexpected battle for survival.

ESPN FC was told that Bayern are also working on registering Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, probably the very talented young German player in the Bundesliga at the moment. The 19-year-old has attracted attention from a number of elite teams and can only get higher priced as his versatility and elegance on the chunk become more popular at the second half the summer growing season.

Havertz’s accelerated development, together, has dampened Bayern’s interest in Christian Pulisic. The German winners are operating on the assumption that the U.S. player would rather a move to the Premier League. Borussia Dortmund, more over, are much more difficult to sell him abroad.

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    However, the rebuild will not stop there. After narrowly missing out on Jadon Sancho 1-2 months past, sources in London have told ESPN FC that Bayern are prepared to push hard for Chelsea youngster Callum Hodson-Odoi, who’s out of contract at 2020 and has so far been reluctant to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge. “Pace” and”childhood” have become the watchwords in Munich; Hodson-Odoi offers both. Germany striker Timo Werner fits the bill as well, however, the 22-year-old might already have become overly expensive and will only be upgraded to a crucial target if Robert Lewandowski renders the club at the end of the summer growing season.

    Lingering doubts across the long-term future of Niko Kovac have made transfer transactions more difficult. However, Bayern literally cannot afford to wait until the club commits one way or another inside the forthcoming months. Potential recruits are therefore chased on the grounds of these inherent quality, irrespective of their ultimate supervisor. It has scarcely been different at Sabener Strasse in times of terrific significance and traumatization.

    The second variable concerns Hasan Salihamidzic’s standing. An early, successful transfer raid which goes beyond the typical Bundesliga-based suspects could have the welcome side effect of sharpening Salihamidzic’s profile before a possible Champions League elimination would reopen the argument about the group makeup and Kovac’s future.

    The catchy Champions League round-of-16 visit to Merseyside has understandably concentrated heads, also. Bayern would really like to add defensive thickness when possible, today that the cup-tied rule was abolished. Even if goals cannot be secured today but might be confirmed for second season, it would help quite a bit for the Liverpool tie. In case Bayern get hauled out, they’d at least be able to offset the negative impression by means of a registering or 2 from the immediate aftermath.

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