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A Robert Lewandowski replacement shopping list for Bayern Munich: ‘plug ‘n’ play’ options

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I’m back from my short break and I already have my next shot: Sadio Mané should not be Lewandowski’s replacement at Bayern Munich. Sure, he’s a superior striker-winger hybrid who can score plenty of goals and contribute assists, but he’s not the right No. 9. And while Bayern may very well change their approach and play with a formation without “real strikers”, the club has thrived on traditional #9s throughout its history.

Gerd Müller, KHR, Élber, Luca Toni, Klinsmann, Pizarro, Roy Makaay, Klose and, of course, Robert Lewandowski are just some of the illustrious names that come to mind when we think of Bayern’s great strikers. When he ain’t broke, you don’t fix him, and the same applies here. Bayern just need another suitable 9 to take Lewandowski’s place when he leaves (as much as it pains me to say this, I think Lewandowski is already gone, and we might as well start planning for the post-Lewy era).

Mané is more likely to take Serge Gnabry’s place if a transfer materializes. The German winger does not seem very interested in renewing, despite the fact that the offer is more than fair. With options for a forward replacement running fast, here’s a list of players Brazzo and company can target to mitigate the massive loss of offensive firepower:

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Note: Darwin Nuñez to Liverpool is more or less a done deal, which is why he’s not on this list.

Lautaro Martinez

I have to pull him to stop him.
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Inter Milan’s star striker is a man that the Bayern board has had their eye on for a long time. And so have other big clubs in Europe. The talisman has scored 25 goals and 4 assists for Inter in the 2021/22 season, helping them finish comfortably in second place. Despite not having the height we look for in typical 9s, he is pretty decent in the air, has a very powerful shot, is very fast and has a medium dribble.

The assets that Bayern will value most, however, are his abilities to swap positions with the rest of the front line and his spatial awareness, two qualities that make him lethal, with all his well-timed runs and the ability to control and finish. . balls. This is something that could be particularly good for Kimmich and Müller, who specialize in quick passes and through balls.

However, the biggest hurdle is the transfer fee. He is tied to Inter until 2026, and Bayern would have to pay a minimum fee of €80m to get a chance to sign him. I just don’t see this happening, but the club could do much worse.

Gianluca Scamacca

Definitely my second favorite option on this list, and for good reason. I’m sure many of you said “who the hell beep Is that it?”, and I honestly wouldn’t expect you to know either. This man has gone largely unnoticed due to his trade for Sassuolo in Serie A, and due to the emergence of players like Haaland and Nunez who have become the center of attention. But trust me, this guy could be in a “top 10” forward conversation a couple of years from now.

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Scamacca gave England a tough time in the Nations League recently.
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First of all, he is very tall at 1.95m (yes, he is as tall as Niklas Süle) and would meet Bayern’s giant quota. Second, he has all the attributes Bayern look for in a proper No. 9: good tackling and linking play, decent dribbling, good pace, good passing stats and a threat in the air. Third, he exhibits great leadership qualities and has more or less led his team to 11th place. In 25 starts, he has scored 16 goals for the club. for Sassuolo. He imagines what this guy can do with a good serve.

And here’s the best part: Bayern can potentially sign him this summer for 40 million or less. That is actually 15 million less than what we would be paying for a Mané transfer. He is only 23 years old and has just given multiple scares to the Germany defense during their Nations League clash with Italy. And he’s expected to cost less than $15 million a season in salary. That’s pretty cheap for strikers these days.

So yes, a player to keep both eyes on.

Sasa Kalajdzic

The people’s choice. A proven option in the Bundesliga. A German speaker. He is 2 meters tall (!!!) and is a beast in the air. He directly contributed to 23 Bundesliga goals in the 20/21 season, a figure that was reduced to just 8 in the 21/22 season as a result of a long-term injury. The Austrian is very physical, difficult to score, and has drawn the attention of several European clubs, including Bayern’s German rivals Dortmund.

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Yeah, that really tall guy. That’s Sasha.
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The Austrian would be available for a fee of around €20m, and that could well be a real bargain. However, he has just returned from a concerning injury recently, and this could suggest the possibility of more injuries in the future (especially if there is a chance that injury could reoccur). There is also another minor concern…the roof of it. I might well prove myself wrong in the future, but Sasa doesn’t strike me as a player who can become one of the best strikers on the world stage. He may be a great team player and possibly a consistent 25-goal-per-season striker, but I don’t see him reaching the level of Kane or Benzema, let alone Lewandowski.

However, that’s not a snub by any means, and he could very well prove me wrong and become the striker replacement we’ve all been searching for. It presents great value for money and is a solid option.

Benjamin Sesko

It’s always very refreshing to see super young talent appear on transfer charts. They generally show enormous potential, good value for money and the potential for a long-term investment. And in this case, Sesko seems to tick all these boxes. The Slovenian phenom, who plies his trade for RB Salzburg, has been touted by many as the ‘next big thing’. He is a whopping 1.94m tall, has a powerful shot, is very fast and isn’t afraid to get into challenges with opposing defenders.

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“Benjamin Sesgoal. Do you know, Benjamin SESGOAL?
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He is also strong in the air and has made his presence felt in the second half of the season, where he has directly contributed 11 goals. Also, he speaks German, is from the Red Bull setup and is well suited to a pressure style. His hold-up game is underrated, his awareness and vision are excellent and his commanding style of play and the way he runs into defenses is reminiscent of a certain Erling Haaland, who by the way also played for RB Salzburg before. to catapult onto the world stage.

Sesko could be very cheap (20 million tops in transfer fees) and has a very high ceiling and great potential. I would really love a transfer to materialize as he has what it takes to take the beacon off Lewandowski and become the Bavarians’ strike force for the next decade. However, the small sample size and lack of experience in major games could be a roadblock. That said, there are a number of Bayern players who have matured tremendously over the years and become the best in the world, and he could very well be next.

jonathan burkardt

My favorite option, and probably the most complete player on this list. Brilliant in his performances for Mainz in the Bundesliga and contributing 14 goals and 4 assists in his breakthrough season with the club, the 21-year-old has impressed everyone, including German NT manager Hansi Flick. Yeah, he’s just had a pretty good season so far, but the showing is very promising.

VfL Wolfsburg - FSV Mainz 05

Another jewel for the future of Germany.
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The player is as good at creating as he is at scoring. He is a centre-forward who can also function just as well as a false nine or second striker. The man creates tons of chances for his teammates and had the most key passes on the Mainz team by a mile and a half. At 6 feet tall, he also has the height and physique to make him a force on the box. He is also deceptively fast and can score with both feet with ease.

Could it be Bayern’s solution in the forward position? Could he also become Germany’s solution to their longstanding striker problem (which stemmed from the retirement of Miroslav Klose)? He would be available for a reduced price of around €20m, given that his contract expires in 2024. This is what appeals to me the most, along with his age and the fact that he is German, which is a favored model. for Bayern’s brass.

It is true that we have not seen enough of the player to be sure that he has the quality of Bayern, but it is also possible that when we do know, it will be too late and he could be signed by a European rival.

Andrej Kramaric, Lucas Alario

interim options. Reliable, productive, and get the job done. Kramaric has been Hoffenheim’s favorite striker option for all eternity, and has always presented aces and spaces for them. He is definitely not a game-changing solution up front, but he can definitely hold the fort and produce the goods up front until Bayern can field a better option. Of course, perhaps the club isn’t that desperate just yet, but if a Lewandowski exit materializes, and the club can’t get a suitable replacement in time, Bayern bosses may have little choice.

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Hoffenheim’s best player, Croatia’s best player.
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Leverkusen already have a top striker in Patrik Schick, but this has meant that Alario, another excellent striker, has found himself on the outside looking in. He definitely won’t be happy with sporadic minutes off the bench and can look for a more stable player. paper elsewhere. Of course, it would be hard to choose between him and Choupo, as there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference in quality between the players. However, when Alario gets going, he can be very consistent, and would be a reliable interim option for a year or two until we can select the next true successor to Lewandowski.


And that brings us to the end of this list. Of course, there may be many strikers I didn’t include, but I guess these were the players that caught my eye, due to their fit with the team and formation, style of play, price and various. other factors.

Which of these players would you like to see at Bayern? Do you have any other striker suggestions/shouts? Let us know in the comments!

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