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Pep Guardiola failed to land the Champions League trophy at Bayern Munich despite 3 attempts, and with the ex-Barcelona coach on his way to City, the Bundesliga giants will hope that the incoming handler, Carlo Ancelloti brings the coveted cup back to the Allianz Arena. The club side has exerted its dominance in Germany by winning the local treble back-to-back during the past seasons, and they parade one of the best teams and squads on the continent. But a change in playing style, which the veteran Italian handler will bring might be what is needed to progress to the finals and win it. For that to happen, a little tweak here and there to an already-solid squad is needed, and the club has embarked on that already.

The German side already secured the signatures of 2 of the most-sought after players in the world weeks ago, and the duo will sure add to the strength of the squad. Portugal international, Renato Sanches and Germany international, Mats Hummels are set to arrive after the Euros, and their qualities make them part of Ancelloti’s starting lineup. Hummels was snatched from Dortmund in a sort of controversial manner, and he is expected to partner national teammate, Boateng in the heart of the Bayern defence. Hummels’ return after once starring for the club’s youth side will mean Morocco international, Medhi Benatia will most likely leave as a result. A couple of EPL sides have been linked with the centre back, and a move away seems so certain.

Sanches is regarded as one of the best youngsters in Europe, and was a subject of keen interest from Manchester United and a host of clubs. The midfielder lit up the Portuguese and Champions leagues while at Benfica, and his rise is expected to continue at Munich. In a 3-man midfield that could hold him alongside the duo of Vidal and Muller, Spain’s Thiago Alcantara might consider his future at Bayern as Pep departs. The Brazil-born ex-Barcelona star was majorly a Guardiola’s signing, and it wouldn’t surprise many if he finds playing time under Carlo hard to come buy due to his possession style of play.

Mario Gotze is another player who doesn’t seem to have a starting berth guaranteed him next season. Although the German claims he would be willing to stay and fight for a place despite the Liverpool links, his mind might change after the Euros if he doesn’t have an impressive outing.

Lewandowski has been linked with Real Madrid and PSG, and Bayern might have a hard time holding onto him once the window opens. He is yet to agree to new terms, and has reportedly claimed he is taking his time, yet the future might just see him end up elsewhere.

Brazil-born fullback, Rafinha is also subject to a move after failing to hold down a starting position. Lahm has continued to go strong despite his age, and it looks like he still has 2 or 3 seasons left in his legs. His quality and consistency have made Rafinha see playing time hard to come buy, making him miss out of the Euros in the process. A move away looks to be on the cards for him too.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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