BAYERN MUNICH

Oliver Kahn rules out striker signing after Lewandowski departure

Oliver Kahn, Six Sports

Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has formally ruled out signing another striker in this window. The Bavarians sold their talisman, Robert Lewandowski, in this window. It was expected that they will add another striker to the ranks to make up for his goals.

However, this was not the case. Instead, they went for Sadio Mane from Liverpool. The Senegalese has played on the left wing for most of his career. But after Luis Diaz arrived at Anfield from Porto, he took his spot. 

Jurgen Klopp then modified his tactics a little bit to play Mane as a striker. It was a success, as Mane rediscovered his form and contributed with a number of goals.

This perhaps caught the eye of Kahn. Mane is an experienced player who knows where the back of the net is. His age was also perfect to get his signature for cheap.

What Kahn Said

Khan feels that Mane is sufficient for the team’s plans next season. He categorically shut down any rumours in an interview with BILD.

We are not going to sign a new striker. There’s no discussion, no way. We still have options in the current team – [Joshua] Zirkzee, [Eric-Maxim] Choupo-Moting then the young Mathys Tel. There’s no discussion. You could see how many opportunities we had going forward. How many different formations we had. How surprising we can be, how many good footballers we have there.

Oliver Kahn

Bayern Munich were heavily linked to Cristiano Ronaldo after he expressed his desire to leave Manchester United. Ronaldo wanted to be in a team where he can compete for the Champions League. Bayern seemed to be a perfect destination, especially after Lewandowski left.

However, Kahn reiterated that the Bavarians did not have the financial means to bring the legendary Portuguese to the Allianz Arena. Harry Kane was another option, but he seems to be happy at Tottenham at the moment.

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