Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted today that an injury to Croatia striker Ivica Olic may force the Bavarian giants to delve into the transfer market. Olic, 31, is expected to be out for between six and eight weeks after suffering a partial tear of his right hip flexor after coming off the bench to score in his side's 5-0 drubbing of Hamburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
With Bayern to play FC Zurich in Switzerland on Tuesday in the second-leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off, Rummenigge admits he is concerned about the lack of cover up front for Bayern. "We haven't actually planned anything, but we have to think about whether we are now forced into doing something about it," said Rummenigge, with the transfer market set to close at the end of August. "(Olic's injury) is tragic and hits us hard, because we only have three strikers in the squad. This is something that worries me."
Olic's injury is a blow for both club and player as he has just returned from a long lay-off following surgery last November to repair knee cartilage. Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes now has only two fit strikers in his squad with Germany star Mario Gomez and youngster Nils Petersen. But Heynckes has doubts about whether Bayern can find a short-term solution in the transfer market to the Olic problem.
"The question is: from where do Bayern get a top striker, who has the quality I expect, the character to integrate and can speak German?," said Heynckes. "I think we can compensate with the existing squad and I don't believe in quick-fix solutions."
But Bayern have denied any interest in signing Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo, despite reports from the Italian media. "I've read that too, but that is not something I can corroborate," said Rummenigge.