4 moves Bayern Munich need to make in the January transfer window

Tom McArdle
Bayern Munich moved top of the Bundesliga before the winer break
Bayern Munich moved top of the Bundesliga before the winer break / Lars Baron/Getty Images
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Normal order has been resumed in the Bundesliga. There may have been a few sticky games for Bayern Munich, but they still sit at the top of Germany's top flight heading into the winter break.

The Bavarian giants may have arguably the best squad in European football, but that doesn't mean a few positions can't be bolstered by some incoming signings.

With the club unlikely to finance any mega bucks signings, manager Hansi Flick may have to look for cheaper alternatives, but also ones that fit his pressing style.

Let's check out what the German champions should be getting up to in January.


1. Bring back a familiar face

Perisic would be a familiar face in the Bayern dressing room
Perisic would be a familiar face in the Bayern dressing room / Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Perisic was a very useful player in the treble-winning side last season during his loan spell from Inter and would be a very safe option.

Flick knows the player, and more importantly knows that he can work effectively in Bayern's system.

Having fallen short of Inter's valuation of the Croatian by €3m with their €12m offer in September, the loan deal was not made permanent.

Managing only two goals in 19 games for Antonio Conte's side this season, might he be missing playing for the German champions? Yeah, most probably.

2. Bring in back-up for Lewandowski

Thuram could learn to lead Bayern's line from Lewandowski
Thuram could learn to lead Bayern's line from Lewandowski / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Though the dream transfer of Erling Haaland currently looks unlikely given Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's comments on Bayern's finances, a back-up for their star man should be a priority.

Lewandowski continues to show the world that he ages like a fine wine, being crowned Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year earlier this month. However, he's 32 and reaching the end of his career, and Bayern could do with easing his goalscoring burden.

Borussia Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram would offer just that. The 23-year-old scored ten goals last season and looks like he fits the mould for a Bayern Munich player.

3. More legs on the wings

Lemar has struggled at Atletico
Lemar has struggled at Atletico / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Thomas Lemar has had a pretty torrid time at Atletico Madrid but has still attracted interest from the German giants, offering potential back-up for Thomas Muller and co.

A loan deal would make the most sense here, with Bayern having a history of resurrecting wingers' careers on temporary deals. Kingsley Coman has gone from strength to strength and now looks like one of the Bundesliga's star performers. Don't get us started on Serge Gnabry.

If the move happened and Flick rediscovered the player that scored 14 goals in 55 appearances for Monaco, Bayern would have another top class winger in their midst.

4. Competition in midfield

Soucek has impressed for David Moyes' West Ham
Soucek has impressed for David Moyes' West Ham / Gareth Copley/Getty Images

For a team that press and harry as much as Bayern do, you can never have too many midfielders.

It was still a surprise however, to learn of their interest in West Ham star Tomas Soucek.

The 25-year-old Czech has impressed in his first year of Premier League football and would no doubt add to an already combative Bayern midfield in the form of Josh Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.

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