Bayern Munich close to sorting new deal for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bayern Munich. (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/AFP via Getty Images)
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bayern Munich. (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/AFP via Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich has struggled to extend contracts of players in the past 12 months. They had to sell one experienced player last summer, while three players are going to leave as a free transfer this year. However, they are close to sorting one deal for next season.

According to Bild, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is going to get a new deal soon. This report insists that it is likely to be another one-year deal for the veteran striker. Die Roten had signed the Cameroonian on a free transfer last summer after his contract expired at Paris Saint-Germain.

In the last couple of weeks, Choupo-Moting has done brilliantly in the absence of Robert Lewandowski. He scored two crucial goals against his former club PSG in the Champions League. Eventually, his goals went in vain as Rekordmeister was knocked out of the UCL on away goals.

The report from Bild insists that Choupo-Moting is also a very good influence in the dressing. The Cameroonian striker is admired by the coaching staff for his professionalism. Moreover, he is one of the most senior players in the dressing room.

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Overall, Choupo-Moting has turned out to be a fine signing for Die Roten this season. He is not as good as Robert Lewandowski, but his qualities are handy to have from the bench. Moreover, he also boasts a very healthy work rate on the pitch, which can rub on the young players in the squad.

In terms of stats, the Cameroonian forward has scored nine goals across all competitions. He scored two goals in the last two league appearances when Lewandowski was out of action. Having a reliable forward that can chip in with ten or so goals across all competitions, then it is a no-brainer to keep him for one more season.

Moreover, Choupo-Moting can also be versatile in the front three. He can be deployed on the left flank. The 32-year-old is a smart winger that will work hard in terms of pressing the opposition defense and remain in good positions to pounce on mistakes.

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Considering the transfer window is going to be difficult due to the pandemic, extending the contract of a good squad player is the right decision by Rekordmeister. The German club has to address midfield in the window after signing Dayot Upamecano and Omar Richards, so the last thing they want is to look for a backup striker.