Julian Nagelsmann has “two or three” transfer targets for when Bayern Munich has to replace Robert Lewandowski.
Bundesliga top scorer Lewandowski has told Bayern he wants to leave and is eager to move on during the close season rather than wait for his contract to expire in June 2023.
That conflicts with the club’s plan, as they remain steadfast that Lewandowski will stay at Bayern for the duration of his deal.
It remains to be seen what happens next, and Nagelsmann is not looking for an immediate signing to take the place of Lewandowski.
Instead, he is planning for the striker who might come in in 12 months, and the Bayern head coach said on Sunday: “I have two or three names in mind, but we still have to explore the market.”
Speaking to German broadcaster BR, Nagelsmann confirmed he would nevertheless be looking to bolster Bayern’s squad in certain areas over the coming months.
“We’re trying to strengthen the team. We’ll see what is financially possible. We’ll meet the players to convince FC Bayern of their path.”
Nagelsmann said he “would be happy if things would be a little quieter next year” after a testing first season at the helm in Munich. In the quarter-finals, a disappointing Champions League exit to Villarreal followed a crushing 5-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in the DFB-Pokal.
Before any calm descends, the Lewandowski situation may have to be resolved.
Barcelona reportedly wants the 33-year-old, and Bayern would sorely miss the contributions of a player who hit 50 goals in the season that ended on Saturday for the Bundesliga champions.
Speaking at Bayern’s championship celebration event on Sunday, star midfielder Thomas Muller sang the praises of Lewandowski but said the club would find a way to succeed without him.
“FC Bayern is constantly changing,” Muller said. “We are constantly losing players, including those we would have liked to keep.
“You’re not solely dependent on one player. But, of course, Robert is a brutally good individual player. I don’t know how long he’ll be here. Maybe longer, but there was Bayern before Robert Lewandowski. The club is above everything.”
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