Manchester City report: Bayern Munich target City forward – and could pay £100m
Manchester City might have a fight on their hands to keep a star striker who has attracted interest from Bayern Munich
Manchester City are bracing themselves for a bid from Bayern Munich for one of their forwards.
The Premier League champions are still on course for a historic treble and dispatched Bayern Munich with ease en route to their second-ever Champions League final, beating them across two legs in the quarter-final. This is turning out to be a tough season for the Bavarians, too, with their last-eight exit compounded with a domestic wobble.
While the champions of all of Europe's other big five leagues have been confirmed, Bayern – who have won the last 10 editions of the Bundesliga – are still in a title fight. To fix this, they are said to be targeting a new forward this summer, with one Manchester City star on the agenda.
Reports from German outlet BILD say that Bayern are targeting City striker Julian Alvarez to boost their frontline this summer. The Argentine could finish the season with a domestic title, cup, European trophy and the World Cup, in what has been a breakout season for him.
Alvarez only moved from River Plate last year for under £20 million but has lit up European football both as a deputy to Erling Haaland and alongside him in the team. The 21-year-old has even signed a new contract this year to extend his time at the Etihad Stadium to 2028.
But as unlikely as a move away from English football seems just yet, City have a history of letting players who want to go leave should they want to – such as Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Ferran Torres in recent seasons. The Citizens could well make a healthy profit on the player, should they choose to part ways, too.
According to BILD journalist Christian Falk, Bayern are prepared to spend somewhere in the region of £100m this summer acquiring a new hitman – a departure from their usual transfer policy.
The report also states that Die Roten are eyeing a move for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is out of contract at the end of this season.
Alvarez is valued by Transfermarkt to be worth around €50m.
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.
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