Rory Smith of the New York Times recently opined that Bayern Munich were hot on the tail of Liverpool star striker Roberto Firmino. This is big, because he is the chief soccer correspondent of the NYT, so he isn’t just another journalist running his mouth. The 26-year-old former Hoffenheim player has certainly enjoyed a good bit of success since joining ‘Pool, scoring 23 goals in all competitions this season.
He certainly fits the bill for Bayern Munich, if not for one problem. Bayern already have a star striker in Robert Lewandowski. But with a lot of recent buzz about a possible transfer to Real Madrid, there exists the possibility that Lewandowski may not be long for Säbenerstrasse.
Even though Real boss Florentino Pérez has denied reaching out to Lewandowski or his agent, and the Bayern bosses have stated flat out that they will not sell Lewandowski this summer, it is always prudent to have a backup plan, just in case everything goes sideways. The last thing Bayern needs is to be the only big European club left without a star striker when the music stops.
As for Firmino’s quality, he is certainly no Lewandoswki. No one in the world is. But Firmino is a nice consolation prize should Bayern fans' fears come to fruition and Lewandowski demands a transfer this summer—which, again, there is no evidence to show is going to happen.