Bayern München coach Hansi Flick is keen to reinforce his squad ahead of the coming season
Bayern München coach Hansi Flick is looking to add new faces to his squad ahead of the new season with the futures of David Alaba and Thiago Alcantara remaining uncertain.
Bayern have brought in Leroy Sané, Alexander Nübel and Tanguy Nianzou from Manchester City, Schalke 04 and Paris Saint-Germain respectively while they have said goodbye to loanees Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho and Alvaro Odriozola, who have returned to their respective parent clubs.
While Bayern have expressed interest in keeping Perisic, it doesn't look like they can agree a deal with Inter for the Croatian international. And with just a little more than a week to go until the German treble-winners open their new Bundesliga campaign against Schalke 04, Flick says he and Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic are looking for further reinforcements.
"As things stand, we have lost three players with a lot of quality as Ivan [Perisic], Philippe [Coutinho] and Alvaro [Odriozola] have all left. Ivan and Philippe, in particular, showed their quality during the Champions League final tournament. But it has been decided now that we'll no longer resort to these three," Flick told reporters on Wednesday and added:
"We have to make sure that we get in quality at their positions. I'm hopeful this will be possible.
"I'm in talks with Hasan [Salihamidzic] about improving our squad and giving us more quality in depth."
Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba have been linked with moves away from the club with one year left on their contracts, and Flick says their futures remain uncertain.
"They're both in my plans as long as they're in my squad. The situation isn't easy. We don't know who else is leaving and who else is joining us," said Flick.
According to Sport Bild, Bayern have offered Alaba a new deal worth €11 million plus €6 million in possible bonuses per season, but the Austrian international wants €20 million per season.
Meanwhile, Thiago is understood to have agreed personal terms with Liverpool, but 'The Reds' are yet to reach an agreement with Bayern, who are demanding at least €30 million for the Spanish midfielder.