Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has insisted that this summer will not be one of sweeping reform, arguing that the current squad, though aging, was not past its peak. Sammer stated that he and the club are aware of the age of notable members of the squad. Bastien Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso, Arjen Robben, and Franck Ribery are all over the age of 30, and have suffered substantial injuries throughout the past two seasons save Alonso. Sammer acknowledged that new signings will likely be brought in, but with extreme care, and will not drastically alter the composition of the current squad. Who the Bavarians exactly have in the cross-hairs remains to be seen.
Another reason for potentially holding off on a summer of reform, is that current manager Pep Guardiola will be leaving the club after this upcoming season. Should Guardiola have a say in the signing of new players who will continue to serve Bayern long after his departure? The answer is unclear, though Bayern’s proposed course of action as illustrated by Sammer suggests that he, Guardiola, will not. InsiderMonkey says this is not to downplay the quality of player that Guardiola would look to bring in, rather that Bayern, and its future manager(s) will likely have a different style and thus player selection parameters than their current Catalan coach. However Bayern choose to develop, the footballing world will watch quite eagerly.