FC Bayern is working intensively on extending the contract with Choupo-Moting. Mind games also revolve around Harry Kane and Kai Havertz.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was Bayern Munich’s surprise in the first half of the season. After the German-Cameroonian was initially slowed down by groin problems at the start of the season, he really got going afterwards.
With him, Robert Lewandowski’s successor suddenly found himself in their own workforce. Choupo-Moting simply picked up where the Polish star striker left off before leaving for FC Barcelona. With ten goals in FC Bayern’s last nine games, he has achieved an exceptional career.
Nagelsmann: “It is therefore essential”
“The way he’s played in recent weeks, he’s been indispensable,” Julian Nagelsmann said recently of his reunited centre-forward.
“He is a good footballer with an extremely good goal risk. He has a high level of acceptance in the group, also as a guy and is very popular. He has good quality,” said the coach of the Bayern and announced: “If he works hard, he will also play a major role in the second half of the season.”
Nagelsmann wants to continue to trust the 33-year-old in the second half of the season. And if he succeeds, even beyond that. “When you have a striker who scores so many goals, it always makes sense to keep him,” he said of the ongoing contract negotiations.
Extension of Choupo-Moting takes priority
Extending Choupo-Moting’s contract, which is due to expire this summer, is currently Bayern’s top priority. But it is also clear that the attacking man has increased his market value with his best performances and also attracted interest from international competition.
Extending the collaboration could therefore be costly. The Cameroon international would like to see some appreciation at Bayern which should also be reflected in his salary.
The Munich residents will have to significantly increase their annual salary by around 3.5 million euros. Moreover, as ‘Sport Bild’ report, a long-term perspective is very important to him. Choupo-Moting turns 34 in March, so this may be his last chance to sign a big, lucrative professional contract.
Bayern should break this rule for Choupo-Moting
At Bayern, however, the club’s internal rule actually applies that stars who are already over 30 can only be extended for one year at a time.
It is quite possible that Munich will have to break again for Choupo-Moting to keep it. They did it once before in 2021 when they finally signed him on a two-year deal. One thing is clear: with each additional goal, the striker improves his negotiating position in the contract game, which should enter the decisive phase in the coming weeks.
In any case, Choupo-Moting doesn’t want to return to the substitute role he played behind Lewandowski for a long time.
Mind games on Kane and Havertz
That’s why he will continue to watch Bayern’s mind games with Harry Kane very closely. Tottenham Hotspur’s top striker is seen as a potential transfer candidate for the upcoming summer. For the captain of the English national team, however, a transfer fee of around 100 million euros would be due, if he can even imagine a move to Munich.
The British media recently brought Kai Havertz to Bayern. Munich would have liked to have him from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020, but he then moved to Chelsea for 80 million euros and signed a five-year contract there.
In winter, however, the Blues have already invested €140m in Mykhaylo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana as newcomers and also loaned out young Portuguese star João Félix as Havertz.
Havertz is considered a candidate for sale to Chelsea
In order to comply with Financial Fair Play rules, Chelsea will likely have to sell one star or the other. As reported by the “Telegraph”, among others, Havertz is one of the candidates who should leave the club this summer.
English journalist and Chelsea insider Simon Phillips has previously mentioned FC Bayern as a possible buyer. “At Chelsea they know there’s interest. They’ve known that for quite a while, so they’re waiting for Bayern’s offer,” he told ‘Givemesport’.
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