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Is Donovan’s stint in Munich over before it began?

Are we seeing games being played at Bayern over the possible transfer of Landon Donovan from the MLS. The Galaxy player has one month left on his loan deal to the Bavarian giants. Today, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated in an interview that while Donovan is an interesting player, he doesn’t see the deal being extended. He said in the interview, “When you have Klose, Toni and Olic already under contract, we think the fourth player (striker) should really be a young player with perspective.”

This is very true; however, this statement came on the same day that Luca Toni has started to make noise about returning to Italy. He seems to even be angling to get his friend Franck Ribery to join him in Series A, possibly at Juve.

Add to that, the fact that Donovan was brought over and wanted by Klinsmann, and on the surface there is the possibility that the statement was made as a negotiating ploy.

But that is not certain. It is hard to argue with Rummenigge’s appraisal of his forward line because accommodating four strikers is virtually impossible when they are all of a certain caliber. However, if he loses Toni, that leaves a big hole. Can Donovan fill it?

Or perhaps, the loss of Toni is the catalyst for giving up on Donovan. While Donovan has proven to be valued by Klinsmann, having played in every game since joining Bayern, his role as a link up player means that he can’t be a long term replacement for a target man. So if Rummenigge sees a summer job of replacing Toni, then perhaps Donovan is expendable no matter what Klinsmann thinks.

And then again, perhaps the youth comment is a salvo to the MLS, who has been trying to get top value on two of their prized assets. This is the last time MLS might be able to get a good price for the forward. He turns 27 towards the end of this loan, and he is much closer to the end of his career than the start.

Personally, I hope Donovan stays as I do feel that he is one a few players that can generate interest in America for the Bundesliga.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

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    January 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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  5. Juliet

    February 18, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Well, and now there’s the back and forth between Beckenbauer saying Bayern may not win it (crisis!!) , and Hitzfeld dismissing him as just trying to motivate the team (no crisis). Eh, who knows? But we should’ve beat Hertha. We really sucked in that match. It was like being back in the 2006-2007 season.

  6. Double Pivot

    February 18, 2009 at 7:19 am

    We’re also in a crisis period for Bayern. I wish my club could consider 2 loses in 3 games to be a crisis 🙂 But when things aren’t going well at Bayern, a lot of repercussions happen. I wonder if that is playing into this scenario, as well.

  7. Joe Ashmore

    February 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    The way the Bayern Fans have been going on about this is interesting as well. After good showings by Landon in the test matches a good number was ready for the team to sign him, as soon as he did not score in the Bundesliga games the majority is ready to send him back to LA. If he does well in the remaining games and particularly in the Champions League against Sporting then he may have a chance to stay, but honestly the way things are shaping up in the Clubs leadership right now I would say that he will not be signed.

  8. Juliet

    February 17, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I had a bad feeling about Donovan’s stay once I heard they’d signed Olic. There’s no doubt that he’s fired up and that Klinsi wants him, but I don’t know if the ‘Californians’ are enough to convince the old guard. At this moment, though, Toni is playing so poorly that Donovan has a huge chance — all he has to do is score goals and there’s no way they’d not buy him. Bayern like a sure thing.

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