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Bayern Munich target AC Milan keeper Mike Maignan as a long term Manuel Neuer successor

This would be the first time a proper international class keeper has been linked with the club.

AC Milan v Borussia Dortmund: Group F - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

According to a report by Daniele Longo of Calciomercato, Bayern Munich are among the chief reasons why AC Milan fear losing star goalkeeper Mike Maignan in the coming years. The Italian side currently have him locked down until 2026, but want to extend the Frenchman to ward off future interest from big clubs. That 2026 contract is no consequence to Bayern, who are looking for a long term successor to Manuel Neuer.

The report by Longo mentions the following:

Many ask about the sale of the big names.

It depends on two factors: the size of the offer and the player’s will. Milan does not have to sacrifice anyone, in the event of a sale the money is reinvested. Maignan is one of those players that the club wouldn’t want to sell.

Essentially, Milan are financially healthy and can refuse an offer for the moment, unless a team like PSG or Manchester City puts up a staggering amount of money. Bayern Munich, for their part, can afford to wait, given that Manuel Neuer is staying until 2025 and his skills remain sharp despite his age. In the meantime, the Bavarians can continue to keep contact with Maignan and demonstrate long-term interest, possibly leading to a cut-price deal in 2025 or even a free transfer in 2026.

This is a tactic that has long been employed by the club to great success. Bayern Munich have been known to pursue players over a very long period, eventually landing their man thanks to the interest and commitment shown. Harry Kane and Matthijs de Ligt are two recent examples of long-term targets making their way to Munich.

As a keeper, Maignan is an intriguing prospect to take over the reigns as Neuer’s successor — he’s not young but has a proven track record. He can’t be expected to wholly replace the greatest keeper to have ever played the sport, but he is definitely someone that could help lead Bayern Munich to glory in the future — if such a deal goes through.

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