Bayern Munich is working hard to extend his contract with Choupo-Moting. Mind Games is also about Harry Kane and Kai Havertz.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was the surprise of Bayern Munich 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 after that.
With him, Robert Lewandowski’s successor was suddenly found in their team. Choupo-Moting simply picked up where the star Poland striker left off before leaving for FC Barcelona. Scoring ten goals in Bayern’s last nine matches, he had an impressive career.
Nagelsmann: “So he is indispensable”
“The way he’s played these past few weeks, he’s indispensable,” Julian Nagelsmann said recently of the rediscovered offensive line.
“He’s a good footballer and has a very good risk in goal. He has a high level of acceptance in the group, as well as a very popular person. He has a good form,” said the Bayern coach, and declared: “If he works hard, he will also play a key 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 has his way, even further. “When you have a striker who scores a lot of goals, it always makes sense to keep him,” he said when asked about the ongoing contract negotiations.
Choupo-Moting extension is a top priority
Extending Choupo-Moting’s contract, which is set to expire in the summer, is currently a top priority for Bayern Munich. But it is also clear that the attacking man has increased his market value with his outstanding performances and has also attracted the interest of international competition.
Therefore, expanding cooperation can be costly. The Cameroonian international would like to see some recognition at Bayern, which should also be reflected in his salary.
Munich residents will have to significantly increase their annual salary of 3.5 million euros. In addition, as reported by Sport Bild, the long-term perspective is very important to him. Choupo-Moting turns 34 in March, so it could be his last chance to sign a big, lucrative professional contract.
Bayern will have to break this rule for Choupo-Moting
At Bayern, however, internal club rules actually apply that stars over the age of 30 can only be extended for one year at a time.
It is very likely that Munich will have to break again in order for Choupo-Moting to retain him. They’ve done it once before in 2021 when they finally signed him to a two-year deal. One thing is clear: with each additional goal, the striker improves his negotiating position in the game of the contract, which should enter the decisive phase in the next few weeks.
In any case, Choupo-Moting does not want to return to the backup role he has played behind Lewandowski for so long.
Mind games about Kane and Havertz
That is why he will continue to watch Bayern’s mental matches with Harry Kane closely. The top striker from Tottenham Hotspur is considered a likely candidate for a transfer next summer. But for the England captain, a transfer fee of around €100m would be due, if he could even imagine moving to Munich.
The British media recently brought Kai Havertz to play for Bayern. Munich wanted to snatch him from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020, but then he moved to Chelsea for €80m and signed a five-year contract there.
In the winter, the Blues have already invested €140m in Mykhaylo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana as newcomers, and have also loaned young Portuguese star João Félix to Havertz’s position.
Havertz is considered a candidate for sale at Chelsea
In order to comply with the rules of financial fair play, Chelsea will likely have to sell one star or another. As reported by the Telegraph, among other things, Havertz is said to be one of the candidates who should leave the club in the summer.
English journalist and Chelsea insider Simon Phillips has already mentioned Bayern Munich as a potential buyer. “At Chelsea they know there is a benefit. They have known this for a long time, so they are waiting for Bayern’s offer,” he was quoted as saying by “Gevemsport”.