Bayern Munich are set for another summer of rebuilding after once again failing to go all the way in the Champions League.
The Bavarians have long dominated the Bundesliga, but their desire remains to win Europe’s elite competition for the first time since 2013.
That isn’t all that long to wait, and Carlo Ancelotti’s side have every right to feel they would have beaten Real Madrid had it not been for some questionable refereeing decisions in the second leg at the Bernabeu.
Bayern’s side may look as though there is little room for improvement, but they may yet offload some of their squad players.
The Sun report that unhappy Douglas Costa, who has only started 17 games this season, is likely to leave the Allianz Arena, with Tottenham interested in a £30million deal.
Mauricio Pochettino is on the hunt for one more attacking midfielder, with Erik Lamela’s persistent injury problems leaving him short. Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has not made an impact, while Josh Onomah does not quite look ready to make the first team regularly.
Chelsea and Arsenal are also being linked with Costa, who Ancelotti has been using as an impact substitute.
Bayern should probably think twice about selling him, given that their preferred choices of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery can’t go on forever.
The German champions do not need to be held to ransom, however, and they should have no problems replacing him.