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Rumor: Bayern Munich interested in Ben Yedder

Wissam Ben Yedder, Bayern Munich
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A surprise rumor has emerged in the French media claiming that Bayern Munich are contemplating a move for Wissam Ben Yedder.

Bayern Munich aren’t expected to do much more business in the summer transfer window after signing Leroy Sane from Manchester City for a whopping €45m fee earlier this month.

The Bundesliga champions have also welcomed goalkeeper Alexander Nubel and center-back Tanguy Nianzou to their ranks.

According to French outlet Nice-Matin (via BeSoccer), however, Bayern want a new striker. Thus, they’re considering a surprise move for Wissam Ben Yedder, who is widely expected to leave AS Monaco this summer.

The 29-year-old, who arrived from Sevilla last summer for €40m, enjoyed a solid return to Ligue 1 this season, managing 18 goals and seven assists in 26 games. But France’s decision to end the campaign early left Monaco to settle for a ninth-place finish and no European football.

Because of this outcome, Ben Yedder may seek an exit for a club competing in Europe while he’s still in his prime. The striker won’t come cheap, though, as his contract with Monaco lasts until 2024.

While the chance to play for one of Europe’s most successful clubs in Bayern may also be hard to resist for Ben Yedder, who has never won major silverware throughout his entire career.

Despite being a top-class forward, however, he would have to settle for a sporadic role in Hansi Flick’s line-up. His chances of overhauling Robert Lewandowski are remote, meaning he’ll serve as back-up. This could harm his prospects of making the France squad for next year’s European championship.

Although a big-money offer and promise of regular action could sway things in Bayern’s favor. The Germans need a back-up for Lewandowski as Joshua Zirkzee, Fiete Arp and Thomas Muller are their only recognized options.