Bayern Munich is reportedly interested in Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder.
The transfer rumours are in full swing after the window opened in most of the top leagues in Europe this week. Bayern Munich is not expecting a busy summer after completing two deals done at the start of July. However, the clubs often keep it quiet in media and then come up with a surprise signing.
The latest report in France is linking Die Roten with a prolific striker. According to Nice-Matin (via RMC), Bayern is interested in AS Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder. The French striker ended a truncated Ligue 1 campaign with 18 goals and four assists. (Stats courtesy: Whoscored)
Yedder has been linked with a move away from Monaco this summer. The French club couldn’t finish in the top four last season. He may want to play European football next season ahead of Euros next summer. However, Monaco will be looking to get a big fee for him since his current contract expires in 2025.
Die Roten has been heavily linked with strikers in previous windows to provide backup for Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker also publicly urged the club to look for one to improve the squad and his workload. They eventually signed Sandro Wagner from Hoffenheim in 2018, but he lasted only 12 months at the club.
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Since then, the club has been linked with numerous strikers, but a move never materialized. Yedder is a top-class forward, so he is unlikely to move to Bavaria for sporadic playing time ahead of Euros. Moreover, Die Roten will look at defence and midfielder as a priority over attacking department after signing Leroy Sane from Manchester City. Yedder also doesn’t make sense from a financial point of view in the current climate.
Hansi Flick has cleverly used Joshua Zirkzee as backup number nine this season. The teenager came up with big goals in December to keep Die Roten in touching distance with title rivals. Since his two goals against Wolfsburg and Freiburg, Zirkzee has been consistently included in the matchday squad.
After Lewandowski suffered an injury against Chelsea in February, Zirkzee got a chance to lead the line for two games before the Bundesliga was suspended due to pandemic. The Dutch forward did well to deputise Lewandowski and continued his scoring streak in the first team. He is likely to play a big role in the first team next season.
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Yedder would have been a solid attacking option in the squad, but in the post COVID transfer window, the transfer doesn’t make sense. A striker is likely to be the talking point next summer if Zirkzee goes on loan and Lewandowski needs rest throughout a campaign. For now, a right-back and replacement for Thiago Alcantara will be on the agenda for the German Champions.