The news that Bayern Munich have secured the signings of Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches once again proves that they are an exceptionally run football club who are determined to be the best in the world.
Coupled with the fact that they have already announced that Carlo Ancelotti will be their new manager next season, taking over from Pep Guardiola, Bayern have acted quickly and ruthlessly to boost their already superb squad.
The German champions are a well-oiled machine and have a strong history when it comes to snapping up players and managers ahead of everyone else.
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In 2011, Bayern acted swiftly to secure the signature of the world-class goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from Schalke, despite strong interest from Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United (who ended up signing David de Gea instead).
Having announced that the much coveted Pep Guardiola would replace the successful Jupp Heynckes in the summer of 2013, Bayern followed this news by signing Mario Götze from rivals Dortmund for £31.5 million.
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A year later and Bayern were at it again, this time securing the signing of Robert Lewandowski, once more from Dortmund, beating other clubs to successfully sign the prolific Polish striker.
This summer, the German behemoth will, again, sign a key player from fierce rivals Dortmund as well as one of the brightest talents in football, Renato Sanches.
It has been well documented that Manchester United have been interested in, perhaps even confident of, signing the 18-year-old Portuguese midfielder but, not for the first time, they have been gazumped by the smooth operations of FC Bayern.
Since the departure of Ferguson and, more significantly, David Gill, United have been shambolic in the transfer market under Ed Woodward.
In the summer of 2013, United ended up paying £27 million for Marouane Fellaini on deadline day, when they could have signed him for much less earlier in the summer.
They also ended up making a mess of signing (or failing to sign) Ander Herrera as well as being played by Cesc Fabregas, whose flirtations with the club were only a way to engineer more playing time and a better contract at Barcelona (Fabregas would move to Chelsea in 2014).
The season that followed under David Moyes was as shambolic as the transfer policy, leaving many United fans to wonder why the club hadn’t done everything to make Guardiola their next manager.
Woodward has partially redeemed himself since that fateful summer, making some good signings; but his dithering days seem to be returning over the managerial situation at Old Trafford, while also losing out on Sanches, who was one of the club’s key transfer targets.
Manchester United fans will be looking enviously at Bayern Munich, who have a crystal clear plan for the future, with an exceptional manager already in place and their summer signings in order.
For a club who used to be incisive and effective in the transfer market, Manchester United are in danger of being labelled a club who lacks direction, with an executive chairman who talks-the-talk but seems incapable of walking-the-walk.