President Uli Hoeness announced that Bayern Munich will embark on a summer spending spree in order to rebuild for next season.
Bayern have dominated the Bundesliga for the past six seasons with the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski leading the charge.
But sticking with the same team for so many years has begun to cause problems for Bayern, who have struggled to come up with an answer for the new generation of young players emerging in the Bundesliga compared to their own ageing team.
This left their hopes of securing an unprecedented seventh straight league title in jeopardy following a number of surprise defeats and draws, which put them nine points behind rivals Borussia Dortmund in December.
Lucien Favre’s side, in particular, have excelled this season by making great use of youngsters like Jandon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and Jacob Bruun Larsen.
Although Bayern have managed to recover in the title battle and now lead the Bundesliga on superior goal difference from Dortmund by winning 13 of their last 14 Bundesliga matches.
However, last week’s Champions League exit to Liverpool provided Niko Kovac’s side with a timely reminder that change is a must if they are to compete for major honours next season.
Therefore, Hoeness intends to splash out big time in the summer transfer window.
“We are in the process of rejuvenating our team,” said Hoeness, according to Bild. “It’s the biggest investment programme FC Bayern has ever had.”
The 18-year-old winger joined up with the Bayern squad in January and has since made five cameos in the Bundesliga.