Report - Guardiola plans huge summer changes, United and Liverpool to benefit

Toni Kroos & Julian Baumgartlinger

German website TZ has suggested that Pep Guardiola is looking to bring in up to five new players at Bayern Munich this summer.

German website TZ has suggested that Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is considering major summer changes at the Allianz Arena which affect Premier League sides including Manchester United and Liverpool.

The site has published a report which suggests the Spaniard’s reaction to the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid is to bring in up to five players while letting some key individuals leave.

“The coach needs new people who can fit into his favourite system – TZ has learned that he wants to get a total of five new stars in this summer - Xherdan Shaqiri could make room and the future of Toni Kroos has not yet been decided,” reads the TZ report.

It’s questionable for Guardiola to seemingly release a player like Kroos when there are other central midfielders in his squad who have underperformed this season, that it would seemingly be better for him to release.

Thiago is a good example though the boss went all out to sign him from Barcelona last summer and he’s widely considered a ‘teacher’s pet’ of Guardiola in the Bundesliga.

United won’t argue one little bit though Kroos has featured prominently in Guardiola’s Bayern sides over the second half of the season and much depends on who United appoint as their next new manager.

Shaqiri has been widely linked with a move to Anfield to join the Liverpool revolution under Brendan Rodgers.

He’s a player that Rodgers could find a direct need for in his squad down the left hand side, which would allow Philippe Coutinho to move in centrally and Daniel Sturridge to concentrate on a central striker role.

TZ has also suggested that experienced midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could make way, with the perception that he can no longer be the ‘heart and lungs’ of the team. Several top European sides would definitely be interested.

TZ talks a lot about the players who could leave while resisting the temptation to speculate about who could walk into the team in some big money deals this summer.

It will be fascinating to see if Guardiola’s intentions this summer are as accurate as this report from one of Munich’s biggest sports websites.

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