After a successful summer transfer window this year, Bayern Munich has started working on targets for next summer. The Bavarian club is expecting a quiet winter transfer window, but they are expected to be in the market for a top-quality number nine next year.
Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern in the past few months. The English striker has enjoyed a good start to the season. Die Roten has reportedly held initial talks with the forward through intermediaries. The Bavarian club had reportedly urged Kane to avoid contract talks with Spurs if he is open to moving to Munich. It does look like Die Roten has got their wish partially fulfilled.
According to Evening Standard, Harry Kane has put contract talks on hold with Spurs until the World Cup. The English forward is currently focussing on the World Cup, but Spurs are eager to extend his contract as soon as possible. Kane will enter the final year of his current deal in North London next summer.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic praised Kane in his recent interview with Bild but refused to talk further about the club’s interest in the forward. Spurs are tough negotiators, so publicly expressing interest in their interest will be a step in the wrong direction.
The Bavarian club will stand a chance of signing Kane next summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal. Spurs will still demand a significant fee for Kane next summer, but it could be well within Die Roten’s budget for the summer. The rumours will intensify if Kane refuses to negotiate a new deal with Spurs even after the World Cup.
Kane may not fit the age profile of the squad, but he can definitely lead the attack for the next three to four years at Bayern. The English forward has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe over the last five seasons. Apart from scoring goals, Kane also has an expansive passing range, and his link-up play in the final third is immaculate.
Bayern is not fixated just on Kane for the number nine role, but it does look like he is the number one target. Apart from Kane, Die Roten is also monitoring the situation of Marcus Thuram at Borussia Monchengladbach. The French striker will be available on a free transfer in the next summer transfer window.
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The Bavarian club is also expected to extend the contract of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The Cameroon international has been in fine form for Die Roten this season. He may end up getting a short-term deal and continue to be a handful option in the attack despite the possible arrival of a new striker.