FC Bayern: Two ex-Frankfurters are possible Lewandowski successors

Updated on 28/4/2022 at 15:15

  • Contract negotiations with Robert Lewandowski are entering the decisive phase.
  • Because FC Bayern Munich seem to rule out a pay rise, the talks could be difficult.
  • Two former goal scorers from Eintracht Frankfurt are in focus as possible successors.

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The decision on Robert Lewandowski’s future is approaching. According to “Abendzeitung”, his adviser Pini Zahavi is already in town to negotiate the future of the Bayern Munich striker. His contract runs until the summer of 2023 and is to be extended.

The conversations are likely to be difficult. According to the newspaper’s report, a pay rise should be ruled out. The reason is the large losses during the corona pandemic and the age of the attacker. Lewandowski will be 34 years old by August.

Also read: FC Bayern: Lewandowski should be more humble

After winning the championship early Saturday, the striker himself said that nothing special had happened in the talks so far. “It’s not that easy for me,” he admitted to Sky. Because the striker’s future is uncertain, the club is already looking at possible successors.

Despite a meeting of several hours: Haaland is probably too expensive

Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund should still be the ideal solution. According to “Sport Bild” (paid content), there was even a multi-hour meeting in Munich between Haaland and Bavarian sports director Hasan Salihamidzic in early March.

The only problem is: Haaland is likely to be too expensive. The total package of transfer fees, salaries and commissions is estimated at a total of 355 million euros. Inevitably, the German record champions also have to deal with cheaper solutions.

Also read: The meeting sparked rumors of Lewandowski’s departure

Sebastien Haller on his future: “Everything is possible”

Two former Frankfurters could come into focus. According to “Bild” (paid content), FC Bayern have already asked Sebastien Haller’s management. The 27-year-old center-forward from Ivory Coast played for Eintracht from 2017 to 2019. In the 2018/2019 season, he excelled with 15 goals and nine assists.

Haller currently plays for Dutch league leaders and record champions Ajax Amsterdam. With 20 goals, he is not only the top scorer in the Dutch league. He also proves his accuracy in the Champions League. He scored eleven goals in just eight games. He even scored four times against the Portuguese top club Sporting Lisbon.

Haller’s contract in Amsterdam runs until the summer of 2025. However, he may be available for a fee of around 40 million euros. His salary is currently estimated at four million euros and can at least be doubled in Munich.

In an interview with “Wettbasis.com”, Haller kept his future open. “I think anything is possible. Then we have to see what happens to me,” he revealed. He in no way ruled out a return to the Bundesliga: “It happens so fast and you can never say never. It is always important to make the right decision and never regret it. I have always managed to do quite well so far.”

Luka Jovic wants to return to the Bundesliga – maybe to Bayern?

His former Frankfurt team-mate Luka Jovic could also be a candidate for Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old also played for Eintracht from 2017 to 2019. In the 2018/2019 season, he scored 17 goals. He then moved to Real Madrid for a fee of around 63 million euros.

He has not really gotten there to this day. This season, he was not a single time in start-11 in league operations. His contract runs until the summer of 2025. Nevertheless, there are signs of separation. Sky reporter Florian Plettenberg reported via Twitterthat Jovic wants to return to the Bundesliga this summer.

He was already actively loaned out to Frankfurt in the second half of the 2020/2021 season. According to “transfermarkt.de”, the market value of the Serbian national player is only 18 million euros. His salary is estimated in the media at ten million euros a year.

This would also be easy to finance for FC Bayern.

Sources used:

  • Abendzeitung.de: Now poker is getting hot
  • Bild.de: What really happened between Haaland and Bavaria?
  • Bild.de: These stars could replace Lewandowski
  • wettbasis.com: Sébastien Haller in an exclusive interview: 11 goals in 7 CL matches “no coincidence”
  • twitter.com: Florian Plettenberg
  • transfermarkt.de: Luka Jovic

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann does not have much time to celebrate: he has his next appointments in Säbener Strasse on 25 April. Nagelsmann expresses clear ideas towards the top of the club.

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