Following the departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Bayernave been on the lookout for two recruits capable of filling the void left by the Bavarian club-legends.
Bayern recently signed Inter’s Ivan Perisic n an initial one-year loan, and recent reports suggest a move for Sane is still possible but now multiple outlets are reporting that Barcelona’s Coutinho could be the man selected to star on the opposite flank.
But former Bayern star Steffen Effenberg believes his former club would be better served overlooking Coutinho in favour of obtaining the experience of Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic instead.
“He has completed just eight of 38 Primera Division games over 90 minutes, scoring five goals and assisting two.
“Coutinho has great qualities, but a transfer for Bayern would be a risk.
“Bayern needs someone who can help immediately, does not need any time to adjust, is not a risk. And there’s a better solution than Coutinho in my view.”
“Mandzukic would be the second absolute top transfer [after Perisic], who would help to bring Bayern back to where they wants to go – in the top group of Europe.
“Bayern would suddenly have another chance at winning the Champions League and we would not have to talk about Leroy Sane or Timo Werner.
“He has great experience, knows the Bundesliga and coach Kovac very well.”