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Bayern Munich goes on spending spree
by Paul Kennedy, June 27th, 2007 8:49AM

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No team has been as aggressive on the transfer market as Bayern Munich, which was dethroned as German champion and failed to qualify for next season's Champions League. Its signing of Germany striker Miroslav Klose from Bundesliga rival Werder Bremen took its spending on players during the offseason to more than $94 million. Here's a look at the Bayern signees.

MIROSLAV KLOSE. The move to the Allianz Arena means Klose, top scorer at last year's World Cup finals in Germany, will line up with fellow Polish-born German international Lukas Podolski. Bremen sold the 29-year-old Klose, who had a year left on his contract, for an estimated $12 million.

LUCA TONI. After two seasons at Fiorentina, where he scored 49 Serie A goals, Toni joined Bayern on a transfer fee in excess of $13 million. The late bloomer was a member of Italy's 2006 World Cup championship team and gives Bayern a powerful presence in its attack.

FRANCK RIBERY. The 24-year-old winger was a revelation at the 2006 World Cup, where he starred for France. Bayern management's close ties with Marseille resulted in a transfer agreement for Ribery believed to be worth close to $24.6 million.

ZE ROBERTO. A year after he left Bayern to return to Brazil, the 32-year-old Ze Roberto is heading back to Germany. The former Brazil midfielder had an outstanding campaign for Santos, which reached the semifinals of the 2007 Libertadores Cup. He signed a two-year deal with Bayern on a free transfer.

JOSE ERNESTO SOSA. Bayern, one of the first German clubs to invest heavily in South American players, paid $12 million for the 21-year-old Argentine Sosa, who said it was a "dream move" to play for Bayern after arriving from Estudiantes.

MARCELL JANSEN. At 21, the giant Jansen is considered one of Germany's most promising left backs. He played 73 Bundesliga games for Borussia Moenchengladbach and has already made 14 international appearances for the German national team. Bayern reportedly paid $11 million for Jansen.

JAN SCHLAUDRAFF. He captained Alemannia Aachen the age of 23 in its return to the First Division in 2006-07 and debuted for Germany last fall. After a strong campaign Bayern picked up Schlaudraff on a $1.5 transfer fee. He will miss the start of preseason camp with a slipped disc.

HAMIT ALTINTOP. Hamit and twin brother Halil, born in Gelsenkirchen to Turkish parents, broke into German soccer together at Wattenscheid and most recently played together at Schalke 04. Hamit, 24, was a free agent, and Bayern moved quickly, reaching an agreement on a three-year deal last winter.



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