After completing the signing of Yann Sommer just over a week ago, Bayern Munich will switch their attention to summer transfers and contract renewals of key players. Hasan Salihamidzic has already started talks with representatives of players that are nearing the end of their current deals.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is the only player in the senior squad that has less than six months left on his contract. The Cameroon international can talk to interested clubs to sign a pre-contract agreement, but Bayern remains determined to extend his contract.
The record Bundesliga champions have already opened talks with the representatives of Choupo-Moting. Salihamidzic and Die Roten will be looking for a swift solution to avoid speculation around their key player.
It does look like Choupo-Moting is also eager to extend his stay in Bavaria. While talking to Bild over the weekend (via iMiaSanMia), Choupo-Moting’s agent, Roger Wittman, confirmed the striker’s desire to sign a contract renewal with the record Bundesliga champions.
"“Of course he has offers from other clubs. But Choupo clearly said he wants to stay at Bayern. Choupo, his father and I communicated to the club that we’re interested in an extension. There’s no deadline at the moment.”"
Choupo-Moting arrived at Bayern in 2020 from PSG on a free transfer. He largely played second fiddle to Robert Lewandowski until last season. The 33-year-old forward was a very solid option for Hansi Flick and Julian Nagelsmann from the bench. However, Choupo-Moting’s role in the squad has become even more crucial this season after the departure of Robert Lewandowski.
The former PSG forward became the focal point of the attack after Julian Nagelsmann introduced him to the starting XI during Hinrunde. Along with facilitating play in the final third, he has also been a prolific goalscorer for Die Roten this season. In 18 appearances across all competitions, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has scored 13 goals for Die Roten this season. He also has two assists to his name this season.
With Bayern unlikely to sign Harry Kane this summer, they will be eager to extend the contract of Choupo-Moting. The latest update from Germany suggests that Die Roten may not sign a striker in the summer, and they have made the contract extension of Choupo-Moting a top priority.
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Wittman did insist that Choupo-Moting needs to be rewarded for his performances. It will be intriguing to see what Bayern will offer in terms of the length of the deal and pay rise for the forward. The Bavarian club has generally offered one-year deals to players above 30, but they may have to change that approach for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The next couple of months is expected to give more clarity over the future of experienced forward.