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It’s fair to say that Bayern have done some exceptional business so far this summer, signing forward Sadio Mane, combative midfielder Ryan Gravenback and Ajax right back Noussair Mazraoui for a little over £45 million in total.

However, the Bundesliga champions continue to be linked to a number of players, as coach Julian Nagelsmann looks to strengthen the side and mount a serious Champions League campaign next season.

You can already bet that Bayern are favourites to retain the Bundesliga once again next year, and the 888Starz bonus code can unlock a competitive welcome offer before you place your bet. But which potential signings could push Bayern over the edge in the race for the UCL?

  1. Matthijs de Ligt, Juventus

A key member of the ‘Ajax Class of 2019’ (which romped to the UCL semi-finals and was within seconds of reaching the final), Matthijs de Ligt has since gone on to perform well at Juventus and cement his reputation as one of the game’s best young defenders.

Despite being pursued by Chelsea, however, it appears as though the Bavarians have stolen a march on the Blues and reached a verbal agreement with the stylish centre back.

Chelsea recently had an offer of €40 million (€34.4 million plus Timo Werner) rejected out of hand by Juve, who referenced a release clause of more than €100 million and seemed to push the deal out of sight.

Bayern have since joined the race and jumped to the head of the queue for De Ligt’s services, however, and are expected to complete the deal in the coming days.

2. Florian Neuhaus, Borussia Monchengladbach

Next up is the creative playmaker Florian Neuhaus, who currently plays for Borussia Monchengladbach and has been linked to Bayern for the best part of two years or more.

However, this summer could finally see the deal happen, particularly with his contract with the Foals set to expire in the summer of 2023 and the prospect of him eventually leaving for free looming large.

The midfielder, who has 17 goals and 21 assists in 124 Bundesliga appearances, is certainly highly coveted throughout Europe, and it’s surely only a matter of time before he moves on to pastures new.

The only caveat here is that Neuhaus would not be guaranteed to start at Bayern, which is far from ideal in a World Cup year.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United

We close with the most outlandish rumour on our list, as the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo would represent a departure in strategy for a side that typically never invests in older players.

However, the future of talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski remains uncertain despite Bayern’s claims to the contrary, while Ronaldo himself is reportedly unhappy at Manchester United and desperate to secure Champions League football as his career draws to a close.

Ronaldo could certainly fill Lewandowski’s shoes in the near-term if required, while the legendary Portguese’s UCL record and big game pedigree could also help Bayern to perform slightly better in Europe.

So, while such a transfer appears unlikely and little more than speculation at present, it does make some sense and certainly could happen if certain market forces align.