Even if the Bayern bosses are still sticking to their position that they do not want to give up Robert Lewandowski in the summer, the rumors about a possible successor in Munich do not stop. According to current media reports, Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic already has a very specific player in his sights.
With Sadio Mané, FC Bayern has undoubtedly made one of the most spectacular transfers in the club’s recent history. The Senegalese is celebrated by Munich as a “world star” and should bring “a breath of fresh air” to the current squad, as club boss Oliver Kahn emphasized on Wednesday.
According to chief squad planner Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern have not yet completed their transfer plans with the Mané coup. The 45-year-old explained that they “still have one or the other idea” and that they will keep their eyes and ears open until the end of August.
Bayern has France youngster Ekitike on the list
As the French “L’Equipe” reports, Hugo Ekitike should be one of these ideas. The 20-year-old youngster has repeatedly been traded as a possible Haaland successor at Borussia Dortmund in recent weeks. According to the newspaper, FCB also has the young striker on their wish list.
Ekitike is currently under contract with Stade Reims in Ligue 1 and scored eleven goals in 26 games last season. It is interesting that should Robert Lewandowski leave Bayern in the summer, Salihamidzic would like to “go all in” and try to lure the French U21 international to the Isar, as “L’Equipe” claims to have found out. Its current market value is estimated at almost 30 million euros. If Lewandowski stays until 2023, Bayern will try Ekitike next summer at the latest.
However, the question is whether the top talent is still available at this point. According to current reports, Newcastle United are offering almost 40 million euros for Ekitike. The two clubs are said to have already reached a basic agreement. However, the deal has recently stalled.