Bayern Munich shortlist key Premier League stars as transfer targets

Pep Guardiola

The Bavarian giants look set for a huge spending spree this summer.

Bayern Munich continue to dominate in the Bundesliga under Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, but as yet, the biggest prize of all has eluded him over the last two seasons: winning the Champions League

According to a report in German outlet Sport BILD on Wednesday, in an attempt to make it third time lucky in the elite European competition, Bayern Munich have drawn up a stellar shortlist, without fears of possibly breaking some transfer fee records this summer.

Featuring notably on the list, are three leading Premier League stars. The current situations of each, very different, meaning successful moves may range from likely, to practically impossible.

Amongst the 'possibles' is want away Liverpool forward, Raheem Sterling. The 20-year-old and his agent continue to refuse a new deal at Anfield, conscious there's a wealth of interest from leading Champions League clubs throughout Europe.

The brother of the Bayern boss, Pere Guardiola, has also reportedly sounded out whether Sterling would be interested, conscious that Liverpool may end up cashing in, unless the player changes his stance.

Argentine star Angel Di Maria has raised doubts at Old Trafford, amidst difficulties settling in England and into the Manchester United team. Arguably, thus far he's only shown glimpses of the huge talent, which prompted the massive outlay to sign him from Real Madrid.

Although the Red Devils aren't expected to sell, given speculation from The Mirror that Di Maria could request a move, Guardiola will be ready to pouce for a player he admires greatly.

The third and perhaps most ambitious swoop for Guardiola, is the suggestion he could test the resolve of Chelsea, with a £60 million bid for Eden Hazard.

'Over my dead body' - or something of the sort - would likely be the response of Jose Mourinho, before he'd willingly see one of his key players sold to a managerial arch-rival. Particularly after the Belgian has produced such a wonderful season for Chelsea.

Interestingly, the Premier League and Bundesliga champions could enter a bidding war for another impressive talent on the list, in the shape of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

Spanish outlet AS has both Chelsea and Bayern Munich set to lock horns for the Frenchman, with his Atletico clause value of €65 million, not seen as any obstacle for either.

Elsewhere, former Chelsea man Kevin de Bruyne, currently starring at Wolfsburg, is also linked. There's a belief the 23-year-old would be the perfect fit for Bayern and Guardiola, albeit with a costly price-tag of around €50 million.

Finally, one player Bayern would love to recruit, but is now considered practically an impossible target, is Juventus star Paul Pogba. Reports in Spain have claimed he's only interested in a choice between Real Madrid or Barcelona.

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