Bayern Munich linked with Genoa’s breakout star Krzysztof Piatek

Bayern Munich have reportedly joined the long list of admirers of Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek, the “next Robert Lewandowski.”

The second international break is upon us, and iit could be a long couple weeks for Bayern Munich, whose recent poor means they will be under the microscope. Though there are still three months left til the next transfer window, the Bavarian’s “crisis” means all sorts of transfer rumors will emerge as potential fixes for the ongoing problems.

It’s no secret that Bayern’s main focus in the next two transfer windows will be their attack. Aging duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are likely in their last season at the club, while a long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski — who recently turned 30 — could also be on the cards.

According to Calciomercato, the German giants are keeping tabs on Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek as a potential successor to his fellow Pole. Bayern president Uli Hoeness is reportedly a big admirer of the 23-year-old.

Three other clubs, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Chelsea, have also shown concrete interest in Piatek. Dortmund are preparing a big January bid for the striker, while the player himself has confirmed Barca’s interest. Genoa president Enrico Preziosi, however, is adamant that his star striker will not be for sale in January.

Piatek has been in sensational form for Genoa this season. The Polish forward has primarily played as a lone striker for the Italian club. He is the top scorer across Europe’s top five leagues, with nine goals in seven Serie A appearances. He’s already into double figures for Genoa when you consider all competitions.

The 23-year-old striker has a similar playing style as Robert Lewandowski and is, of course, seen as the heir to his throne. Piatek received his first cap for Poland during the last international break, but he could become an influential figure for his nation sooner than many expected.

Robert Lewandowski has been a talismanic figure for Bayern Munich since joining the club four seasons ago, but has slowed down slightly over the past year. Bayern signed Sandro Wagner in January to help manage Lewandowski’s workload. Moreover, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller also have the attributes to play as a number nine if needed. It will be a huge surprise if Bayern pursue Krzysztof Piatek, or any number nine, in the upcoming transfer window.

Lewandowski turned 30 earlier this season, though, while Sandro Wagner will turn 31 next month. Bayern Munich have been criticized in the past few days for sticking with older players for far too long, and the higher-ups could be eager to bring in some exciting young talent. Piatek is not necessarily what Bayern need right now, but if he maintains this scoring streak the Bavarians might have to make a move or risk missing out.