Bayern Munich fans have been left pondering the future in recent weeks. They were thrown out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage for the third successive season and were left celebrating another dull Bundesliga title win last weekend – their fourth in a row.
With Pep Guardiola on his way out of the club, it seemed a moment for Bayern Munich to look back on that famous season where they won the German treble under Jupp Heynckes. Would they ever reach such astronomical heights again?
In response to this feeling of disappointment, club officials have brought the fans back on side by confirming two huge transfer deals in the space of 12 minutes on Tuesday. First, they announced the arrival of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches, who had been widely tipped to join Manchester United.
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But that was just the starter.
They followed that up with confirmation that Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels will be arriving at the Allianz Arena this summer, agreeing a five-year deal. It is an enormous coup for the Bavarian side, who once again have nabbed a key player from their closet rivals.
The combined fee for both players is believed to be a touch over €70million with Sanches costing around €35m and Hummels €38m. That is certainly what many would call a productive morning.
Needless to say, the football world is purring over Bayern's transfer committee for their ability to get deals done without the fuss. Indeed, when compared to the mess surrounding some of the Premier League's biggest clubs, it seems to be a tremendous example of German efficiency.
Most outlets have been quick to point out that both Hummels and Sanches were believed to be on the radar of Manchester United.
Hummels can now expect a turbulent last few weeks with Borussia Dortmund, where fans have already let their discontent be known. Their most recent home game against Wolfsburg saw a banner displayed, which read “The captain is leaving the ship. The sooner the better”.
Having seen Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze make the same move in recent years, it must be tiresome for fans to see them close the gap on Bayern during the season only to see it grow further in the summer.