Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski has admitted his frustration with the transfer business that Bayern Munich have conducted this summer. The 30-year-old striker has topped the Bundesliga goalscoring charts for the last two seasons and helped his team dominate the division.
However, they have bid farewell to Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez this summer and Lewandowski has implored his employers to ramp up their recruitment drive before the transfer window slams shut. Bayern lost 2-0 to their greatest rivals, Borussia Dortmund, in the DFL Super Cup earlier this month and Lewandowski hopes that will spur the club into action.
The best online sports betting sites still make Bayern Munich the clear, odds-on favourites to win the Bundesliga title this season. If they pull it off, it will be their eighth consecutive triumph, while Borussia Dortmund has not won the Bundesliga since 2012 but are emboldened after signing former captain Mats Hummels from Bayern in a €30 million deal. They finished just two points behind Niko Kovac’s men last season, and will fancy their chances of closing the gap now that their defensive titan has returned to the fold.
Bayern is reportedly interested in Manchester City winger Leroy Sané. “We need – even if Sané comes – another winger,” said Lewandowski. “We lost three players in the offensive with Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben and James, and so far we have not got a new signing there. I think we need three new players. Maybe a six or a striker”, the Polish football star noted.
But Sané is likely to prove too expensive for Bayern and has just suffered an injury that will keep him out for most of the season, so that move is off. Bayern have instead turned their attentions to Inter’s Ivan Perisic, who is poised to join on a season-long loan, with an option to buy at the end of the campaign.
It is worth noting that the German champions have significantly bolstered their side this summer, signing Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid for €75 million and Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart for €35 million. Yet Lewandowski, widely considered as one of the best football players in Central Europe, is clearly worried about the sort of service he will receive this season and is piling pressure on the club to make some big moves in the transfer market.
Bayern have Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman, who both offer pace, flair and dynamism in wide areas. But they are not world-class operators like Robben and Ribery in their prime. The club could also struggle if one of that duo is injured, although Leon Goretzka could play in a more advanced role. But if you look at how stacked Dortmund are in that attacking midfielder department – Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard, Mario Gotze, Jacob Brunn Larsen – you realise that Bayern look very light by comparison.
They shrugged off their defeat in the German Super Cup by beating fourth-tier Energie Cottbus in the 3-1 DFB-Pokal, but Lewandowski was underwhelmed by the performance. “I think we showed what we want to do,” he said. “I’m glad we won. Maybe it was not an amazing game for our side, but we had to do our job.”
The new Bundesliga season is almost upon us and Dortmund are making their most ambitious noises for years. Bayern looked wobbly last season and only won the title by the finest of margins after Reus was injured and Dortmund’s form dipped. Lucien Favre’s side have since displayed plenty of ambition in the market, and it is now up to Bayern to match that, appease Lewandowski, who recently became the highest-scoring foreign player in the history of the Bundesliga, and make a concerted effort to extend their long spell of dominance over the Bundesliga.