Bayern Munich: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting remains target for Manchester United

Eric Maxim Choupo-Motiing has been on fire for Bayern Munich this season. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
Eric Maxim Choupo-Motiing has been on fire for Bayern Munich this season. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images) /

Hasan Salihamidzic will be busy at Bayern Munich in the second half of the season when it comes to negotiating new deals for key players. The Bavarian club is also expected to open talks with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting as he enters the final six months of his current contract.

Choupo-Moting has been in fine form for Die Roten this season, scoring 11 goals across all competitions. His introduction in the starting lineup has made Bayern better this season. The club hierarchy is eager to extend his contract, with talks expected to take place early next year.

The Cameroon forward’s good form continues to attract interest from clubs across Europe. According to The Athletic, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting could become a feasible transfer target for Manchester United in January. The Red Devils are looking to bolster the attack with a center-forward, so Choupo-Moting can become a good stop-gap option for them.

Despite Choupo-Moting’s contract expiring in the summer, it will be difficult to see Bayern parting ways with him in the winter transfer window. Since Sadio Mane has suffered a serious injury, Bayern cannot afford to lose a senior forward in January.

The latest update from Germany suggests that Bayern will face complex contract negotiations with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are likely to be complex. The 33-year-old striker is hoping to play regularly after making a strong impact since getting back in the starting XI. Moreover, he may want a longer deal instead of one year contract, which Bayern usually offers to players above 30.

Regardless of how negotiations proceed with Choupo-Moting, he will be part of Nagelsmann’s plans for Ruckrunde. The German coach reportedly considers Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller as two options for the number nine role during the second half of the season.

Meanwhile, Die Roten is expected to sign a number nine in the summer. The record Bundesliga champions have been heavily linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane. They have reportedly held talks with Kane’s agents, but it will be a difficult deal to complete since Spurs will ask for a significant fee. Rekordmeister has been linked with several alternative targets. Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram has emerged as the most feasible option.

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The Bavarian club wants a prolific goalscorer to fill the void left by Robert Lewandowski. For now, Die Roten will hope Choupo-Moting will continue his sensational form when Bundesliga resumes against RB Leipzig on January 21.