The back-up striker position behind Robert Lewandowski has a couple of players who have not been able to sustain the role. It remains to be seen if Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting will be do enough to earn a longer tenure in Munich (his contract expires in June), but Joshua Zirkzee (likely heading out on a loan or transfer) and Sandro Wagner (wanted more playing time) have been the only other true back-ups to Lewandowski and neither really lasted long.
Abendzeitung, however, thinks that Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik could be an option to fill that role based on a report from Sport.pl. The report is, well, extremely loose to say the least, but here is what Abenzeitung has to say:
According to the Polish portal “sport.pl”, Bayern attackers Arkadiusz Milik are said to have targeted. The 26-year-old Polish international, a good friend of Lewandowski, would be available for a free transfer because of his contract with SSC Napoli, which expires at the end of the season. However, two questions arise: Milik would hardly have match practice, as he is currently only sitting in the stands with the southern Italians after failed contract negotiations for an extension. For the center forward without match practice, Napoli requires 15 million euros for a winter transfer, which would be obsolete in the summer.
Milik’s failed negotiations with Napoli have left him persona non grata and relegated to the stands on game days. Would Bayern Munich roll the dice on a free transfer this summer?
The Bavarians did reportedly have interest in Milik a couple of years ago, but at 26-years-old he seems a little too young to take a back-up role behind his countryman.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski won Poland’s Male Athlete of the Year award:
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has 25 goals in his first 25 Bundesliga games — which no one in the history of the league has done:
Erling Haaland in the @Bundesliga_EN— Alex Chaffer (@AlexChaffer) January 9, 2021
No one has scored that many times in their opening 25 games in the history of the league.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino allegedly wants to bring in Manchester City star Sergio Aguero:
The Argentine striker’s contract from Manchester City expires in the summer — so he has been able to officially negotiate with other clubs since the beginning of the month. His advisor Bruno Satin told the French broadcaster “Canal +” that Pochettino had put out feelers to Agüero and that he was even enjoying “priority” with the French series champion.
Manchester City’s record scorer moved from Atlético Madrid to the island in 2011 for € 40mn. In the current season, the injury-ridden vice world champion from 2014 only made nine competitive appearances for the Cityzens (two goals).
Take a walk through what a normal week of preparation looks like for Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer:
There is often griping about Bayern Munich’s lack of spending on big name transfer, but a quick look at some of Real Madrid’s acquisitions shows that maybe the conservative approach from the Bavarians is not only more fiscally intelligent, but far superior for squad planning as well:
100M Hazard— Lucas Navarrete (@LucasNavarreteM) January 10, 2021
Is any of those players a starter for Real Madrid in the long term?
Imagine Tottenham Hotspur was playing right outside your house. These people no longer have to:
Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff sitting outside the back garden of no.19.— The Blizzard (@blzzrd) January 10, 2021
The magic of the FA Cup. pic.twitter.com/XdQpY8wWOU
A Jurgen Klopp cutout even made its way to the match:
And other great shot: