Only eight clubs have ever successfully defended their Champions League title, and Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich are hoping to match their predecessors with another solid campaign next season.
Bayern Munich won three consecutive Champions Leagues titles from 1974 to 1976, while no team in Europe has won consecutive Coup des Clubs trophies since Milan in 1990.
In order to repeat, Munich may have to bring in some new talent, while sacrificing a potential star and an integral cog.
Munich have remained relatively quiet on the transfer market, but the players that have caught their eye quickly ended up on the German side. Earlier this month, Munich swiped Mario Gotze from national rival Borussia Dortmund, and beat out English giants Manchester United for underutilized midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Now there is one player in Guardiola’s sights that could further increase an already potent Munich offense. Even with the addition of Gotze and Alcantara, Munich could make a bigger shock move for Liverpool scoring machine Luis Suarez. However, it could cost them more than a hefty transfer fee.
According to Caught Offside, the Reds are reportedly willing to part with the 26-year-old Uruguayan for a fee of £25 million, and for the rights to midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss made 26 appearances and netted four goals for Munich last season, but at 21 he still has plenty of untapped potential and could receive more first-team assignments with a number of European clubs.
Suarez has been linked to several clubs this offseason, but Liverpool are reticent to part with the player responsible for 34 goals the last two seasons. The Merseyside have stated publicly that Suarez is not for sale, yet they are reportedly listening to offers under the table.
The prospect of adding high-priced Suarez is an interesting one given how judicious Munich have been over the years with spending on transfer targets. However, it’s not as though Munich are spending frivolously and not bringing in any funds this summer. The Bundesliga titans may move a notable reserve to free up funds to add Suarez.
Brazilian midfielder Luis Gustavo has reportedly caught the attention of Chelsea, who are willing to offer his fair market value of £16 million, as reported by Talk Sport. The Blues are in need of a replacement for John Obi Mikel, who is expected to leave due to the arrival of new boss Jose Mourinho.
Gustavo has only played for German club teams since he joined the professional ranks in 2007 with TSG Hoffenheim, and he may not like a move elsewhere since he recently claimed he was happy at Allianz.
However, the addition of Alcantara, and the possible move for Shaqiri, could leave little room for Gustavo. Chelsea reportedly believe they can convince him to switch sides.