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Bayern seek to secure Lewa replacement

Bayern Munich have been in touch with the representative of teenage PSV striker Cody Gakpo in a pre-emptive measure in case Robert Lewandowski decides to go according to as.com.

In reaction to rumours over star striker Robert Lewandowski’s future, Bayern Munich has been looking at attacking options. After seven seasons at the Allianz Arena, the Poland international has been linked with a move after breaking Gerd Müller’s long-standing Bundesliga record for goals scored in a season and sitting second in the all-time standings for the Bavarian club behind the Germany great. Chelsea is one of the teams said to be interested in Lewandowski, as is Real Madrid’s pursuit of the striker.

Bayern have contacted the agents of PSV striker Cody Gakpo in response to the possibility of losing Lewandowski, as well as as a long-term alternative if the 32-year-old remains. The 22-year-old, who primarily plays on the left flank but can also play on the right or as a striker, scored seven goals in 23 Eredivisie appearances last season.
Gakpo was a member of the Netherlands’ Euro 2020 team and made his senior debut against North Macedonia in the group stage.

Gakpo has scored 41 of his 48 career goals from the flank, but new Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann wants to turn him into a false nine to offer his attack a new dimension, similar to what he did with Spain international Dani Olmo while he was at Leipzig.

Bayern Munich reportedly contacted Gakpo’s representatives about a winter transfer, but the Bundesliga giants will face competition from Ligue 1 for his signature, with reigning champions Lille, Lyon, and Marseille all keeping tabs on the youngster, who is under contract at the Philips Stadion until 2025 and is valued at around €30 million by PSV.

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