Renato sanches, douglas costa and kingsley coman – When Kingsley Coman was procured from Juventus on a two year deal by Karl Heinz-Rummenigge, the chances of him breaking into the first-team were remote at best. It was expected that his tenure would be cut short. Similarly, the arrival of Douglas Costa was meant to avoid the horrific end to the last campaign that saw both influential attackers, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
Renato Sanches, Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman
Both of them were merely viewed as replacements with the dynamic duo expected to slot in the starting eleven once fully fit. But the injuries to both of them saw their futures at Bayern in question. Robben, with his current contract running down in 2017 has yet to be informed by the Bayern hierarchy about his future. With Renato Sanches having joined the Bavarian giants, things are bound for a major shake-up at Allianz Arena
Young arrivals a far cry from ageing veterans
Once the mainstays, both of the attackers let Bayern down at key moment in the 2014-15 campaign in the final stages. Pep Guardiola wanted some assurances on the fitness front and Matthias Sammer promptly tied up a deal for both Coman and Costa with an eye of turning them into mainstays in the next few years. With Ribery injured at the start of the 2015-16 challenge, Costa was handed the starting spot and he proved his arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk was a bargain from Bayern’s perspective. Lightening speed and dribbles combined with the trademark Brazilian flamboyance not just excited the fans but convinced the manager to stick with him even when Ribery returned. In the guise of ‘rest’, the Brazilian was shown full confidence and he didn’t disappoint. Such were his impressions, that even liking a picture of Chelsea on Instagram a few days back has sent the transfer market into delirium. With Ribery now 32, Bayern will look top phase the Frenchman out. Also with China throwing up absurd amount of money, a last big money move in a new league will appeal to the tiring body of Ribery. His national responsibilities being ended with, he is playing just for the competitive spirit that Bayern provide him.
Kingsley Coman started out as a substitute initially under Guardiola’s tenure but the performances provided enough evidence that he was the bellwether on the right side of the attack for Bayern. Robben’s injury woes not subsiding, Coman stepped up when he was an extended run in the first team. How PSG failed to tap into his prodigous talent is up for debate but even his parent club Juventus may have to part with him given Bayern’s willingness to do a business for the Frenchman. And with high sums likely being involved, Juve CEO Giuseppe Marotta will be canny enough to extract the maximum price for his signing. In the Euro final too, the exceptional winger was one of the bright sparks in the French team. Bayern are a club that plan for the future and he is definitely for the one in future.
Sanches: A remedy for Goetze decision
Mario Gotze was marked out for exceptional things prior to his arrival to Allianz Arena. Having been a decisive player for BVB, his €37 million arrival was not considered as a risk from any perspective. What transpired was a huge let down for transfer Chief Matthias Sammer. The arrival of Sanches though is not greeted with skepticism in spite of Gotze case. Having displayed his talents at Euros for Portugal, he has displayed exemplary maturity that belie his tender age. Gotze had earlier pledged to stay at Bayern and fight for his future but was not entirely convincing to the hierarchy who have decided to cut their losses and sell him. Sanches is expected to fill the void subsequently left. As a result, though Sanches’ arrival may not have a direct impact on the fortunes of Ribery and Robben but it’s an indication of what lies ahead for them.
Once embroiled in a bitter public battle with Real Madrid over Franck Ribery, Bayern had made a huge statement by refusing to relent to the power of Madrid’s money. Another statement may be made over Ribery, but it will not be similar to the last time though.