Bayern Munich confirmed the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Sebastian Rode yesterday but preparations have already begun to send him out on loan this summer.
Rode will move to the Allianz Arena on a free transfer but it seems likely that because of the competition for midfield spots in the squad that an immediate loan is likely.
In that scenario, Bayern Munich signing Rode may have nothing to do with improving the squad and may simply be a business move, signing a player for free before selling him on soon after.
Fans won’t be happy at such a decision as Bayern Munich are already under scrutiny for stockpiling some of the Bundesliga’s best players, with the signings of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski coming under particular attention, and Rode’s signing is seen as another cause for concern.
For Manchester United’s pursuit of Toni Kroos, Rode was seen as somebody whose arrival could mean that Bayern Munich were strengthening the squad ahead of Kroos’ potential exit but Rode’s future doesn’t look like it will have any bearing on Kroos’.
What will influence that decision is money and Manchester United are ready to offer Kroos £260,000 a week to move to Old Trafford according to new reports.