Bayern Munich playing waiting game for new striker

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The main objective for Bayern Munich in the summer is to add a prolific striker to the squad. The Bavarian club often struggled for goals in decisive goals last season due to a lack of top-class number nine. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting did a decent job as a nine after the departure of Robert Lewandowski, but Die Roten needs a long-term option.

Getting a top-class striker in the current market is a big challenge for Bayern. Several top clubs are looking for a new number nine, but there is a dearth of options in the market. Considering the challenges of getting a new number nine, Sport1 is reporting that Bayern is playing a waiting game to get the right player.

The report from Sport1 also reveals that Bayern chiefs have also discussed giving Mathys Tel a run in the team as a number nine next season. The Bavarian club has currently cooled the pursuit of a striker as they wait for significant developments in the market.

Bayern was heavily linked with Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani, but both forwards will command a significant fee. The Bavarian club is not keen on spending crazy money on a striker that is not going to significantly improve the squad. They may end up giving Tel more opportunities next season after a promising debut campaign at Die Roten.

Harry Kane has also been heavily linked with a move to Die Roten since the start of last season. However, Tottenham Hotspur will demand a nine-figure fee for the English striker despite having only one year left on his contract. Moreover, Kane will not be a long-term option as he turns 30 next season.

Sport1 also reveals that Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund and Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos are also on Die Roten’s radar. Jorge Mendes has already offered Ramos to Bayern, but there have been no active negotiations for the Portuguese striker. The selling clubs are in the driver’s seat right now due to the demand for strikers, so Bayern is ready to monitor the situation. They are open to making a late move for a striker when prices may drop a bit.

Die Roten had also revived interest in Chelsea’s Kai Havertz. However, the versatile German forward is closing on a move to Arsenal. Havertz would have been a cheaper option for Die Roten, but he is not a natural number nine. Moreover, Havertz has struggled at Chelsea in the past couple of seasons.

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It is still highly likely that Bayern will end up signing a striker this summer, but the German club is doing the right thing by playing the waiting game. The Bavarian club has also secured the signings of Konrad Laimer and Raphael Guerreiro. They will look to get replacements for Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard before turning their attention to signing a new striker.