Bayern Munich identify potential replacement for Lewandowski

Bayern Munich could have a new number nine playing at Allianz Arena. (Photo by Martin Hangen ATPImages/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich could have a new number nine playing at Allianz Arena. (Photo by Martin Hangen ATPImages/Getty Images) /

After clinching the Bundesliga title, Bayern Munich will be looking to secure the future of key players in the first team. The contract renewal of Robert Lewandowski is set to become a priority in the coming weeks, but the Bavarian club is preparing themselves for all possible scenarios.

The Polish striker has been heavily linked with a move away from Bavaria in the past couple of months. He has reportedly given his approval to a move to Barcelona as Pini Zahavi holds talks with the Spanish club’s president. In such a scenario, Rekordmeister needs to be prepared if Lewandowski does leave the club in the summer.

According to SportBild, Bayern has identified Ajax striker Sebastian Haller as a potential replacement for Lewandowski. The German club has reportedly held talks with the agents of Haller as he fits the profile Rekordmeister may need to replace Lewandowski.

After a poor spell at West Ham United, Haller has got back to his best at Ajax. The Ivory Coast striker has been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe this season. He has managed to score 33 goals for Ajax this season across all competitions. The 27-year-old striker had 11 goals to his name in the Champions League this year.

Haller will be an economically feasible signing since he will be much cheaper than other strikers in the market. He also has the experience of playing in the Bundesliga. Haller had enjoyed a successful spell of three years at Eintracht Frankfurt from 2017.

As things stand, the first preference for Bayern is to keep Lewandowski beyond this season. Hasan Salihamidzic recently insisted that the Polish striker would stay even if he decides against signing a new deal. It remains to be seen if Lewandowski will be pushing for a move in the summer.

The next few weeks will give an idea about where things stand between Lewandowski and Bayern. The German club may propose a shorter deal as they have done for various senior players in the past, but Lewandowski is reportedly looking for a much longer deal.

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The Bavarian faithful will be hoping that Lewandowski eventually agrees to spend the rest of his career at Bayern. Along with extending Lewandowski’s contract, Die Roten should also look to add a young striker to the squad. Having another solid option in the number nine position will not only add more depth to the squad but this young striker can also be developed to become the long-term successor of Lewandowski.