Robert Lewandowski has been the main focus for FC Bayern fans since the Bundesliga title was wrapped up at home against BVB. The situation has become even more complex following Erling Haaland’s departure from the black-yellows. How do the rekordmeisters approach this transfer dilemma?
The most likely replacement at the moment looks to be one of Sebastian Haller or Saša Kalajdžić if looking from the outside, and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting or Serge Gnabry from within. None of these would realistically score a number of goals close enough to match Robert Lewandowski, regardless of whether they are the team’s focal point or not.
It is even possible Julian Nagelsmann would prefer Thomas Müller upfront and Jamal Musiala shadowing just behind, emulating his hybrid system in Leipzig.
Pini Zahavi, Robert Lewandowski, and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić have all been clear in their statements: The Polish striker will not extend his contract beyond 2023 unless a miracle happens. Although FC Bayern pulled out all the stops to sign Erling Haaland, it ultimately ended in failure.
In this transfer window, Lewy may leave, but only for a fee in the region of 40m€ or higher. Saša Kalajdžić would cost in the region of around 20m€ and Marco Neppe has already conducted talks with the player, although BVB are also very interested, even with Donyell Malen, Karim Adeyemi, and Moukoko in their ranks
In the scenario no club puts forward a 40m€ bid or higher, FC Bayern would keep Lewandowski regardless. One of the most dangerous situations in a football club is to keep a player who doesn’t want to be there.
A stagnant performance and unwillingness to fight for the shirt will creep into the rest of the dressing room. If Julian Nagelsmann’s first season was a challenge, Carlo Ancelotti, and Niko Kovac can confirm the second one is even more so