Robert Lewandowski’s departure to Barcelona was confirmed this week after 12 seasons in the Bundesliga, and as such Bayern Munich have been tasked with replacing one of, if not the best striker of his generation.
Although replacing a player who has scored a breathtaking 344 goals in 375 games is an almost impossible undertaking, it will be interesting to see what kind of profile the German champions try to bring.
While the Poland international undoubtedly set an unprecedented period of dominance in Germany for Bayern Munich, they were right to sell him as he approached 34, even though they were reluctant to do so. £42.5m leaves the hierarchy with a substantial budget to fund a replacement, and although the arrival of former Liverpool winger Sadio Mane will add serious goal threat, they are still left with a gaping hole at the back. middle of the attack.
For a team that has used the wide areas to good effect for a number of years, they will almost certainly be looking for an absolute number nine.
Harry Kane – Tottenham
The first name on our list is, much like Lewandowski, a rarity in the modern game where scoring wingers and false nines take precedence.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane was thought to be nearing exit last summer as Manchester City tried to haggle chairman Daniel Levy, who usually remains stubborn over his prized asset.
Bayern’s Oliver Kahn on Harry Kane as a summer 2023 target: “He’s under contract at Tottenham. Sure, an absolute best striker, but that’s all a dream for the future. So let’s see what happens,” says @cfbayern. 🔴 #FCBayern
The Tottenham board consider Harry Kane untouchable.
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 17, 2022
The English captain then, once again, recalled Soccer fans everywhere of his caliber in front of goal, scoring 27 goals in all competitions.
Kane is one of the few forwards in world football who can come close to Lewandowski, both as a major goalscoring threat but also as a technically astute focal point that others can benefit from.
Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn recently described the 28-year-old as “a top striker” and a “dream for the future”, with the club seen as a longtime admirer.
Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan
Although Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez has ruled out a San Siro departure this summer, he remains one of the most attractive options on this list and is almost certainly worth the wait.
The Argentina international netted 25 goals and 4 assists for Inter last season, helping them in their ill-fated title race where they were beaten by rivals AC Milan on the final day.
He turns 25 in August, making him a perfect prospect to build the future, and his versatility has allowed him to become incredibly interchangeable, operating anywhere on the front line.
Bayern, especially under Julian Nagelsmann, prefer to keep their ground game with quick and incisive passes to the forwards. Lewandowski was masterful at controlling them before he had the spatial awareness to move the ball to the wingers or shoot himself.
These are qualities that Martinez can bring to Bayern as well.
Jonathan David – Lille
The next option is the youngest player on this list, but Jonathan David is on every elite club’s shopping list this summer.
The 22-year-old has become one of Ligue 1’s brightest talents since leaving Ghent in 2020.
David played a central role in Lille’s title-winning 2021 season, scoring 13 goals on the way to the trophy, before racking up 15 league goals last season as his side struggled to match the highs of the previous campaign .
He also scored nine goals in Canada’s World Cup qualifying campaign to help his country reach the World Cup final for the first time since 1986.
Bayern are said to be one of the clubs interested in his services this summer along with Arsenal and Chelsea.
Victor Osimhen – Napoli
Although Napoli’s Victor Osimhen has a slightly different profile to others on the list, he would form a terrifying front three alongside Sadio Mane and Serge Gnabry if he made the switch to Bavaria.
After making a lasting impression with Lille in Ligue 1 18 goals, he moved to Napoli in 2020 for a club record £68million, making it the most expensive African transfer ever.
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—Victor Osimhen (@victorosimhen9) July 15, 2022
He continued to go from strength to strength, scoring 10 goals in his first season in Italy before finding the net 14 times last term.
Once again he has attracted interest from across Europe and with three years remaining on his contract at Napoli, the 23-year-old would demand a substantial fee if he were to move on this summer.