Bayern Munich Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 16
With the winter break all but upon us in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich have already begun turning their attention towards what next year holds for the club, with chatter regarding the Club World Cup, the Champions League tie with Arsenal in February and, of course, the January transfer window.
Everyone's favourite four weeks of mayhem are poised to make their return in a matter of days and with it the constant attention to detail among every rumour that makes its way in to the press across the continent.
For a club such as Bayern, this will be a daunting task as players new and old are linked with moves in and out of the Bavarian club.
As Bayern and their commander-in-chief, Pep Guardiola, gear up for a whole month of headaches, among some genuine transfer activity, we at Bleacher Report will have you covered from the very first day until the last.
So be sure to continue checking this thread as we approach January and throughout the special month.
Last Updated: December 18, 13:00 GMT
Robert Lewandowski(From Borussia Dortmund)
Robert Lewandowski's proposed move to Bayern Munich has for some time now being considered as European football's worst kept secret.
Last summer the striker openly admitted to a formal deal with Bayern Munich being in place and was of the opinion that Borussia Dortmund would allow him to leave before the start of the new season. Yet this never happened, and to Dortmund's credit they stuck to their guns and offered the Polish striker a bumper pay packet to continue playing for the club for one more year.
This was all well and good until this week, in an interview with Bild(German) where the Dortmund striker again began flirting with his potential new club.
When asked if he would making an official announcement on his future the striker responded:
“What is it again? ‘Schaun mer mal,’” he said, a Bavarian term used in Munich to say ‘wait and see.’
The Bild journalist, Jorge Weiler, responded with;" So they're talking about at the Bavaria. Your new employer?"
To which Lewandowski added: "No comment, Thank you for the interview."
Things still very much unclear when it comes to Bayern's potential new striker, yet we think January may be an astute time for all of this to be cleared out.
Robin Van Persie (From Manchester United)
Manchester United are having a rather bumpy end to 2013 and to add salt to the wound, rumours linking star striker Robin van Persie with a move away from the club now point in the direction of the German champions.
The Manchester Evening News ran with a story on December 12 linking the player to the Bavarian club, citing certain tweets from the notorious rumour mill website, Caught Offside. Yet what would seem like no more than a made-up rumour is beginning to take shape as we approach the end of the year.
Bayern Munich look desperate for a new striker and if Robert Lewandowski isn't available until next summer, such a move could pose as something of a possibility for the German club.
Yet for now it remains no more than a rumour on an unverified website.
Julian Draxler (From Schalke)
On Sunday, Dec. 9, Julian Draxler had something of an outburst whilst speaking to German magazine Kicker, covered in this story by Bild, (via Joe Krishnan of the London Evening Standard) which explained that the young prodigy is far from happy with his new role on the left-hand side of the midfield.
Draxler was quoted as saying: "I have now resigned myself to the fact that I am not welcome in the number 10 position here at Schalke."
Since the arrival of Kevin-Prince Boateng in the summer, Draxler has had to put up with this role, and it has seen his form and happiness at the club dive, leading to suggestions that he may well be off before too long.
As such, a storm of rumours will undoubtedly begin to surface with regards to the player's future, and no club will be in as good a position to sign the young star as Bayern Munich: a club run by Pep Guardiola, who can never seem to have enough players to play that No. 10 role.
This is one we may have to put a pin in for now, but it's a story that will undoubtedly blossom into something more concrete before too long.
Manuel Neuer (To Manchester City)
As something of an early (or late) April fool's from the British press, last week saw Bayern's ever-present shot-stopper Manuel Neuer linked with a move to former English champions Manchester City.
This came ahead of Bayern's high-profile clash with the club in the remaining Champions League group stage match which Manchester City ended up winning 3-2 in Munich.
As fronted in a Daily Mail Online piece by Chris Wheeler, published Dec. 9, among numerous others throughout the press, Pep Guardiola is quoted as stating that there is "absolutely no chance," whilst laughing through his response.
This was before turning to the serious debate on how his side hoped to handle the English side.
A far-fetched concept it may be, but what would the winter months be without the odd laugh or two?
David Luiz (From Chelsea)
Rumours surrounding Chelsea's star defender, David Luiz, making a sudden move to Germany began surfacing earlier this month when stories broke in the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express, via Charles Perrin, and Metro between the dates of Dec. 2 to Dec. 6.
A proposed move to Bayern Munich just seems to make so much sense for Luiz at this moment. Chelsea are in something of a rut under Jose Mourinho as he constantly battles with his favoured starting 11, with the Brazilian defender far from a confirmed starter.
Yet, at Bayern, you get the impression that Luiz would just happily slot in beside Dante or even Jerome Boateng and take very little time to adjust to their concept of short-passing football. It's something that has often come naturally to Brazilians at the club in the past and is obviously one of the reasons why the defender seems well suited to the Bavarian club.