Hasan Salihamidzic will be busy with negotiations over new contracts of players at Bayern Munich. The Bavarian club is looking to extend the contract of Lucas Hernandez, but the immediate concern is the future of veteran striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
The Cameroon international currently has six months left on his contract. Considering his form this season, it is a no-brainer for Bayern to extend his deal. Choupo-Moting has scored 11 goals in 16 appearances for Die Roten this season across all competitions. Before the World Cup break, Choupo-Moting contributed eight goals and assists in seven appearances.
Choupo-Moting’s introduction to the starting XI has helped Bayern to have a focal point in the attack. The Bavarian club has confirmed their wish for his contract extension, but negotiations for a new deal are unlikely to be straightforward.
According to Sky Sports in Germany, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is not keen to be a backup striker at Bayern. The Cameroon international will seek a new adventure if he is considered the number two striker at Die Roten for next season.
Die Roten is expected to look for a number nine in the next summer transfer window. The record Bundesliga champions are reportedly working on a deal to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur. The deal to sign the English forward is complex, but Die Roten is definitely interested.
Meanwhile, Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram has also been linked with a move to Bavaria. Die Roten has reportedly made initial contact with his representatives to explore a summer move for him. The French forward will be a free agent in the summer since his contract at Gladbach ends in June. Choupo-Moting will be the second-choice striker if one of the above-mentioned deals is completed in the summer.
If Choupo-Moting continues his good run of form in Ruckrunde, he will attract interest from other clubs. He was largely a backup option to Robert Lewandowski in the last two seasons. The former PSG forward was not the first choice at the start of the current campaign, but he found a way into the team with his consistency. It is completely normal for him to consider regular playing time as one of the key talking points while negotiating a new deal.
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In terms of the length of the contract, Bayern has often handed one-year deals to players above 30. However, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting may look for a longer deal, which will further add complications in negotiations. The Bavarian club is expected to open talks with Choupo-Moting as soon as Ruckrunde kicks off in January.