Bayern Munich are considering a move to target Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus in the event that Robert Lewandowski leaves the Allianz Arena, according to Calciomercato.
Lewandowski has spent the last seven-years in Bavaria after switching his allegiances from rivals Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer. The Poland international left BVB at the end of his contract and has become one of Europe’s best strikers since.
He broke Gerd Muller’s 49-year strong record for most goals in a single Bundesliga season with 41 last term. Lewandowski has also now scored in each of his last 19 appearances in all competitions. Netting a total 29 in that run after a brace against Barcelona on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old’s Champions League double at the Camp Nou moved him onto 10 goals in six games this season. But Lewandowski is considering his future at Bayern Munich, so the club are considering Manchester City’s Jesus as a replacement.
Der FCB are monitoring Jesus’ situation at the Etihad Stadium after Pep Guardiola refused to let him leave this summer. Per Globo, Paris Saint-Germain made a late bid for the striker, who Juventus had mentioned during discussions over Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential move.
Bayern Munich may be next to target Jesus and test Manchester City’s resolve if Julian Nagelsmann has to replace Lewandowski. Sky Sports report the 125-cap Poland captain wants to leave Bavaria soon to play for another top European side.
Lewandowski wants to secure a new challenge before he turns 35 at the end of his contract in 2023. His age could restrict the Bayern star from securing his desired switch as a free agent, while FCB’s valuation may also price the forward out of leaving the Allianz Arena.
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Guardiola was no doubt loath to let Jesus leave Manchester City this summer as the Bayern Munich target is his only recognised centre-forward following Sergio Aguero’s exit in June.
Yet Jesus has made three of his four Premier League appearances this season on the right-wing. Only featuring centrally on the opening day in defeat tot Tottenham Hotspur. But has provided three assists and a goal over his performances in an influential wide position.
Guardiola has long praised the influence the £90k-a-week forward can have on the Citizens’ attack. The Spaniard said of Jesus, via the Manchester City club website, in March: “He helps us with his pressing and he is a joyous guy. We know he is not in the statistical highlights [for goals], but what he does is amazing.”