There are five players from the German champions who are permanently linked with different Premier League clubs. Which of them might really play there next season?
Bayern’s coach Pep Guardiola didn’t bother to take the Croatian along to the German Cup final on Saturday. Obviously he isn’t planning with Mandzukic any more and plans to rely more on the skills of Robert Lewandowski who will join Bayern next season. Mandzukic’s agent has already negotiated with Chelsea and the club seems to be really interested in the 27-year-old striker. Maybe his team mate Claudio Pizarro has already told him how nice it is to play at the Stamford Bridge.
Possibility of the transfer: Very likely
The Swiss international didn’t get a lot of playing time this season and is anything but happy about that situation. His brother and advisor has already stated that the 22-year-old player needed more playing time, no matter where. However, Bayern have Ribery and Götze for his position, so it doesn’t look like he would play more often there next season. Liverpool is reported to be interested in the left winger and at Anfield he could also play in the Champions League.
Possibility of the transfer: Likely
He is a regular starter under Guardiola but one of the most criticised players by the fans because of his slow playing style. Guardiola seems to have a different opinion as he appreciates his technical skills. If David Luiz from Chelsea really joined Bayern, then Kroos might have to take place on the bench more often. For the two or three positions in the defensive and central midfield the German team already has Schweinsteiger, Martinez, Lahm, Thiago and Rode. Also Alaba can play there as he regularly does so in the Austrian national team. So in theory Bayern could do probably without Kroos, who has been strongly linked to Manchester United for the last couple of months.
Possibility of the transfer: Possible
He was mentioned as a possible asset for Manchester United, who have hired Louis van Gaal as their new coach, thanks to his excellent relationship to his former mentor at Bayern. However, Müller is one of the most popular players at Bayern and also one of the most flexible attacking players. The club and also the coach have no interest at all in selling him.
Possibility of the transfer: Very unlikely
Also Robben was named by some newspapers as a potential United target if van Gaal becomes their next coach. Obviously the two compatriots know each other very well from the Dutch national team and van Gaal was also the coach who insisted on signing Robben when he was Bayern’s boss. Having said that, it is still very unlikely that Robben will leave his current team, having renewed his contract just last month. He was Bayern’s best player of the season and played in the German cup final on Saturday even as a central striker. Guardiola will always find a place for the Dutch international in his system.
Possibility of a transfer: Almost impossible