The discussion of who will take over for star goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer at Bayern Munich has been a discussion for several years, and recent reports have revealed some of the top choices being considered.
While Neuer has only just returned from injury and agreed to a new contract to boot the German shot-stopper is getting up there in age. It can be expected that he’ll likely retire or start to decline in ability within the next few seasons which means that Bayern must evaluate potential candidates for the Neuer’s position. Currently, Gregor Kobel, Mike Maignan, and Alexander Nübel are at the top of the list as potential Neuer replacements (as reported by Sky Sport journalist Florian Plettenberg via @iMiaSanMia).
Kobel is Dortmund’s current number-one goalkeeper, and his acquisition would certainly relight the allegations that Bayern poach the best talent from their competition. At only 25, it can be expected that Kobel would solve any issues around the goalkeeper position at the club for about a decade. If Bayern want to sign Kobel, it will reportedly set them back 50-60 million euros.
Maignan is the starting goalkeeper for Italian giants AC Milan and the French national team. While Bayern is monitoring his situation, they don’t seem to have the same level of interest in 28 year-old Frenchman as they do for Kobel.
Nübel is already a Bayern player and is spending the current season on loan at Stuttgart. Since joining Der Rekordmeister from Schalke in 2020 the 27 year-old has convinced the Bayern bosses with his performances that he might be able to take over from Neuer when the time comes.
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