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Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be Bayern Munich’s insurance if Robert Lewandowski leaves

Bayern have reportedly reached out to Zlatan as insurance.

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Even when the Bayern Munich transfer rumor is not about Robert Lewandowski joining Real Madrid, it is. Bayern have reached out to Zlatan Ibrahimovic through consultants to gauge his interest in joining new manager Carlo Ancelotti in Munich, according to this Sport Bild report.

However, there’s a twist to this Zlatan interest. It hinges on whether or not Lewandowski pushes to leave Bayern this summer for Real Madrid. The report suggests that if push came to shove regarding Lewandowski, Bayern would consider letting him go if a Zlatan deal could be put in place.

The issue here is obviously if Bayern can keep Lewandowski at the club. If he does decide that he wants to play for Real, Bayern will need to find a ready-made replacement for him. There are incredibly few players in the world that offer what Lewandowski does on the field, so the signing of Zlatan would be an incredible stop-gap for the Bavarians until a long-term solution is found.

Zlatan turns 35 years old in October, so if he were to sign a contract with Bayern, it would likely only be for a year or two max. With his contract expiring this summer at Paris Saint-Germain, he would be joining Bayern on a free transfer.

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