The friendly between Germany and Serbia today will be fascinating on a number of levels. Aside of the national team aspect where many will be watching to see how Joachim Löw’s young guns respond to the spotlight, Bayern Munich fans will be watching the talent on the pitch to perhaps get a glimpse of some players who could be wearing red in the coming months or years.
The battle of strikers
RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner has been heavily linked to Bayern over the past few months, including a report this week that the Bavarians were in “advanced negotiations” to land the 23-year-old. Bayern’s front office duo of CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and President Uli Hoeness are apparently very fond of the idea that Bayern could be the landing spot for Germany’s “best striker.”
Even with Werner’s lofty reputation, it has been reported by TZ that Bayern coach Niko Kovac prefers Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic. With Kovac’s Frankfurt connection, it is no surprise that he has a fondness for the 20-year-old talent. While it would be unlikely that Kovac would win a personnel brawl with heavyweights like Hoeness and Rummenigge, it will still be interesting to watch how each player performs (assuming they are called upon to play).
HEAD-TO-HEAD: TImo Werner vs Luka Jovic— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 20, 2019
Which Bundesliga striker do you fancy to score first when Germany take on Serbia tonight?
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Other players to watch
- Kai Havertz: The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is widely considered Germany’s top young player, but there is no rush to move him from Die Werkself. As much as Bayern would seemingly love to bring in Havertz, Rudi Völler is holding the cards on any potential move, and it is highly unlikely that the player will move on before the summer of 2022. In addition, it was leaked earlier in the week that Bayern has already given up on bringing in Havertz this summer.
- Niklas Stark: The Hertha Berlin defender seemingly has all the qualities that Bayern seeks in an acquisition. In addition to skill, size, strength, and speed, Stark represents a cheaper option to other defenders that Bayern has been linked to, such as Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez or Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt.
- Julian Brandt: Another Leverkusen player, Brandt has the flexibility to play out wide or centrally as a forward. He has been scorching hot in the Rückrunde. After a slow start to the season, Brandt has once again shown the quality that made him a coveted prospect. Rumored to be available for €25m (which seems absurdly low), Brandt is drawing the attention of such clubs as Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid.
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