Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has done a solid job in attempting to fill the shoes of Robert Lewandowski. Faced with a thankless and frankly impossible task of trying to replace Lewandowski, Choupo-Moting has done fairly well in his stead.
Bayern Munich seems to think enough of Choupo-Moting’s performance that it is “desperate” to extend the striker’s contract per Sport1 reporter Florian Plettenberg. The Bavarians might hit a bit of a roadblock, however, as Choupo-Moting has apparently done well enough to attract some other suitors and have the player thinking about what it would be like to be once again be a regular in another team’s rotation:
Update Choupo-Moting: #FCBayern is desperate to extend his contract and he feels very much at home at the club. But everything is still open. A lot of clubs are interested in him & he wants to play regularly. Concrete negotiations are coming up soon. @SPORT1 #MeineBayernWoche— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) April 16, 2021
Certainly, there is value in having a likable veteran, who is popular in the locker room as part of any team’s bench. Still, Bayern Munich will likely be cautious in monitoring Choupo-Moting’s salary demands. If another team is willing to pay him a starter’s salary, it could be difficult for the Bavarians to match any requirements that fall outside the club’s budget.
Bayern Munich will already be faced with contract discussions with Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Niklas Süle, and Kingsley Coman among other this summer. Simply put, cash for a back-up striker might be hard to come by.
Choupo-Moting and Bayern Munich are expected to meet relatively soon to discuss a deal.