Munich (AP) – The fuss about the future of world footballer Robert Lewandowski is superimposed on the final stage of the Munich championship celebrations.
After today’s game (3.30 p.m.) at VfL Wolfsburg, FC Bayern will fly home and celebrate their tenth consecutive national championship in an internal round. On Sunday, the Bayern stars around Lewandowski present themselves to thousands of fans in red and white at Marienplatz, just like they did three years ago.
“Of course I hope that there’s a lot going on, because that’s where the whole party stands and falls,” said Vice-Captain Thomas Müller. “If we put on our costumes and are on the town hall balcony and Marienplatz was empty, it wouldn’t be so good.”
The followers are also curious to see how the personality of their super scorer will develop. Lewandowski’s contract runs until June 30, 2023, but President Herbert Hainer ruled out a change this summer. Nevertheless, possible successors are already being discussed. The most spectacular variant with Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund is off the table after his move to Manchester City.
Sadio Mané (30 / FC Liverpool)
The market value of the Senegalese, who once moved from Salzburg to the island, is estimated at 80 million euros. His contract with Liverpool expires next summer. He is considered the top candidate.
Sebastien Haller (27/Ajax Amsterdam)
The former Frankfurter scored eleven times in the Champions League season that was almost over. His Ajax teammate Noussair Mazraoui is expected to join Bayern for the new season. Haller knows the Bundesliga, which would certainly be an advantage.
Darwin Nuñez (22/Benfica Lissabon)
The Uruguayan forward can look back on a strong season in Portugal. 34 goals in 41 competitive games aroused the interest of numerous clubs in Europe. Its market value is estimated at 40 million euros.
Patrick Schick (26/Bayer Leverkusen)
The Czech, who caused a stir in 2021 with his EM dream goal from around 50 meters, played a strong season at Leverkusen. With 24 goals, he is the number two goalscorer behind Lewandowski (34 goals).
Sasa Kalajdzic (24 / VfB Stuttgart)
The tall Austrian scored in the 2-2 draw against Bayern. His contract expires in a year, he would not be the most expensive solution compared to other names. A transfer fee of 25 million euros is under discussion.
Timo Werner (26 / FC Chelsea)
The national striker moved to the island from Leipzig two years ago for over 50 million. He has already been discussed in Munich in the past. At the time, the bosses decided against a commitment.
André Silva (26/RB Leipzig)
After strong performances at Eintracht Frankfurt, the Portuguese is also gaining momentum in Leipzig. Coach Julian Nagelsmann, defender Dayot Upamecano and midfielder Marcel Sabitzer have recently come from the Saxons.
Romelu Lukaku (29 / FC Chelsea)
The Belgian, who joined the Londoners from Inter Milan for €113m in 2021, would be a big option. However, it is also (too) expensive.
Christopher Nkunku (24/RB Leipzig)
There is a lot of speculation about the future of the Frenchman. His contract extension in Leipzig is linked to a sporting condition. The national player will only extend his contract, which runs until June 30, 2024, by a year if Leipzig qualifies for the Champions League.
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