6 Midfielders Bayern Munich Should Look to Sign if Arturo Vidal Leaves in 2018

Under the tutelage of Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich look likely to storm to a sixth consecutive Meisterschale after a remarkable turnaround in October.

Arturo Vidal has been one of several players revitalised since the return of the 72-year-old, alongside the likes of James Rodríguez and Thomas Müller.

But rumours have been circulating for some time now that Vidal could be on the way out as Bayern look to cash in on the Chilean, whose contract expires in 2019.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with Vidal, with SportBild recently claiming Bayern are willing to offload him.

The Blues have been the common denominator in several reports as Antonio Conte looks to work again with the former Juventus man.

Alas, Bayern will likely have to look to a replacement to fill the void – sooner rather than later – with plenty of candidates up to the task.

6. Piotr Zieli?ski – Napoli

Piotr Zieli?ski has made himself known as a seriously gifted midfielder in Naples, yet remains an overlooked choice by manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Polish midfielder is an all-rounder with good defensive awareness, passing and a surprising dose of pace to catch opposition markers off guard.

Moreover, Zieli?ski has a flair for shooting from range – much like Vidal – and may be seen as an alternative to the more expensive variety in today’s market.

5. Emil Forsberg – RB Leipzig

Bayern may look for an attacking option should Vidal leave, with a suitable option in the form of Emil Forsberg a possibility.

The Swedish star was an instrumental player in RB Leipzig’s promotion and last season’s second-placed finish with his dynamism in the final third.

Forsberg registered eight goals and the most assists in the Bundesliga last season with 19. 

At the age of 26, Forsberg would be an experienced addition to Die Roten with his incisive dribbling skills, but would likely face stiff competition from several forwards in Bayern’s squad.

4. Sergej Milinkovi?-Savi? – Lazio

Sergej Milinkovi?-Savi? has become one of the finest midfielders in Serie A with his standout performances for Lazio.

Like Vidal, the Serbian ace is effectively versatile – able to play as an attacking midfielder or screening the defence – but excels as a box-to-box midfielder.

Standing at a towering 6ft 4in, Milinkovi?-Savi? has  imposed his dominance in the centre of the pitch in Italy and could serve as a replacement to Vidal, with several similar traits.

3. Marco Verratti – Paris Saint-Germain

An intriguing deep-lying playmaker, Marco Verratti has been an excellent servant to Paris Saint-Germain for several years.

Despite standing at 5ft 6in, the Italian makes full use of his low centre of gravity and has been a force to be reckoned with in disrupting opposition play.

Arguably his most valuable quality is his skill on the ball: Verratti remains cool, calm and composed when in possession and has an eye for a line-breaking pass.

Verratti could be utilised to partially fill the massive void left by Xabi Alonso, but would be difficult to prise from a wealthy, ambitious PSG side.

2. Fabinho – Monaco

Though Heynckes has vastly improved Bayern, the defence is still somewhat lagging behind, with even Mats Hummels claiming the club are not set up to win the Champions League.

But Monaco midfielder Fabinho would serve as a massive signing for the Bavarians with his notable role as a defensive midfielder and expert reading of the game.

The Brazilian’s flair for the ‘ugly side of the game’ is, of course, not limited to the midfield – he has also featured on numerous occasions at right-back, which, when called upon, could move  Joshua Kimmich up into midfield.

Bayern can take encouragement from the fact Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev told Sky Sports Fabinho could be sold, with the player believing he is nearing the end of his stay.

1. Leon Goretzka – Schalke

It happened again: Bayern pulled off another exquisite piece of business in acquiring the signature of Leon Goretzka to join on a free in the summer.

And it’s not difficult to see why Goretzka attracted so much interest. The Schalke midfielder has stormed to a new level in the last 18 months, with a sensational Confederations Cup tournament the highlight for many.

Goretzka has proven himself adept at playing in the spine of midfield, but flourishes in the classic No. 8 role with his indefatigable work-rate.

Strong at tackling and passing, Goretzka also possesses remarkable pace and dribbling skills for a midfielder and may well serve as an upgrade to Vidal. 

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He Scores When He Wants: Robert Lewandowski Scores In Record 10th Consecutive Home Game

?Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski continued to re-write Bundesliga history this weekend, when he scored in his tenth consecutive home game this season, becoming just the fifth player in the history of the Bundesliga to do so.

The Pole bagged the first of Bayern’s five goal against Hoffenheim on Saturday, and in doing so scored, for the tenth home game in a row this season. 

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The ex-?Borussia Dortmund man now joins an exclusive list with a number of Bundesliga legends – none more so than the Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes. The current Bayern Munich manager scored in 11 consecutive home games for Borussia Mönchengladbach at the beginning of the 1972/73 season. 

The Pole looks to be on his way to yet another Torjägerkanone – Germany’s equivalent of the golden boot – this season. The Polish striker also has the best goals-to-minutes ratio this season (86); ahead of both Lionel Messi (93) and Harry Kane (95). 

Bayern’s next home game is against ?Schalke 04, and with twelve goals in 17 games, including five in his last four against the Royal Blues, the Pole is on course to level his manager’s record.

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Bayern’s New Signing Sandro Wagner Claims He is ‘the Best German Striker’ After Getting Off the Mark

?Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner has suggested he is ‘the best striker in Germany’ after completing the scoring in their 5-2 Bundesliga win over TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Wagner moved to the Allianz Arena on New Year’s Day after enjoying an 18-month spell at Die Kraichgauer, where he scored 15 ?Bundesliga goals.

The 30-year old got off the mark for his new club on Saturday, and revealed after the game that he believes he is the best striker in the country.

“In my eyes I’m the best German striker,” he said. “And without relying on statistics, as I couldn’t care less about those. To me, It’s just important that my performance is up to standard. I’m with the best team in Germany, scored a goal, and so I’m where I should be.”

Wagner’s career has come full circle, having left the Bavarian giants in search of first-team football a decade ago. He has gone to establish himself in the German national side, joint top-scoring alongside Thomas Muller with five goals during their World Cup qualification campaign.

His move to ?Bayern has seen many question whether he has harmed his international aspirations, with the former Duisburg and Werder Bremen striker likely to play second fiddle to Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski. Wagner doesn’t see it that way though, and was full of confidence for the future after netting his first goal in Bayern colours.

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“Today was just a quick match [for me],” he said. “But I’m glad as I’ve scored my first goal for Bayern. I’ve had 30 minutes on the pitch and already scored a goal. It feels good.”

Bayern’s dominant win at the weekend has seen them stretch their lead to 16 points at the top of the Bundesliga, with the title likely to be heading back to Bavaria for the 28th time.


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Stay in Your Lane: 4 Strikers Better Than the Self-Proclaimed ‘Best German Striker’ Sandro Wagner

It is fair to say that most players think of themselves in a very high regard, and they are right to do so as they are professional footballers, but sometimes their claims can be a bit too much.

After getting off the mark for his new side at the weekend, Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner boldly stated, “In my eyes I’m the best German striker.” 

Now, taking into account that Wagner has been a regular for the national side for sometime this claim has a hint of truth to it, but for the most part it’s very far fetched. 

To prove Wagner wrong and show that there are a number of better German forwards than him, here are four strikers who are currently besting the self-proclaimed ‘best German striker’.

4. Kevin Volland – Bayer Leverkusen

Still only 25, Volland has improved his reputation year on year in the Bundesliga as a clinical finisher. This season the German has been in sparkling form, with 10 goals in the league so far – five more than Wagner.

Wagner did claim before that statistics don’t matter and that performances are the most important, but even so he is still a long way behind Volland. Wagner may play for Germany’s best club, but he isn’t starting most games – Volland is. 

It’s fair to say Wagner would start week in, week out at Leverkusen but the truth is that he is a back-up forward. Wagner can’t be the best German striker if he is playing second fiddle to one of his teammates – even if that teammate is Robert Lewandowski.

3. Thomas Müller – Bayern Munich

Even though Müller is not regarded as an out and out striker, German national manager Joachim Löw has used the Bayern man as his main forward at international tournaments before – and it’s fair to say that Müller has enjoyed his time at the major competitions.

Müller burst onto the scene at the 2010 World Cup and has become a household name since. The German striker scored at least five goals in his first two World Cups, and with another just around the corner you wouldn’t put it past the Bavarian star to bag plenty more.

Again, the question looms over where Wagner stands in the pecking order of German strikers. Müller was not picked for the Confederations Cup and Wagner was third choice for that tournament, which would now make Wagner fourth in the pecking order.

2. Lars Stindl – Borussia Mönchengladbach

Like his fellow countryman Werner, Lars Stindl shone at the Confederations Cup in Russia last summer. The forward scored the winning goal in the final to give his nation the trophy, which raises the question – how far down the pecking order is Wagner?

With both Werner and Stindl featuring at the tournament and Wagner barely playing, that meant the Bayern man was third choice for his country at a major tournament – with Germany leaving strikers like Thomas Müller at home.

Wagner should really consider his claims before he makes them because he is currently a long way off being the best German striker.

1. Timo Werner – RB Leipzig

Probably the most obvious pick out of the bunch, RB Leipzig goal-machine Timo Werner is a certainty to go to Russia in the summer and out of all the German strikers is most likely to start up front.

Werner has already proven that he is better than Wagner at a major international tournament, after the forward starred in Germany’s triumphant Confederations Cup campaign in the summer of 2017. 

Both players were picked for the squad and it was Werner who came out on top as he won the golden boot, while Wagner didn’t even get off the mark at the tournament – but still in his eyes he remains the best German striker.

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Bayern Striker Sandro Wagner Says He ‘Celebrates Against Every Team’ After Goal vs Hoffenheim

?Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner has stressed that he “celebrates against every team” after scoring against former club Hoffenheim on Saturday.

The German forward converted Thiago’s cross with what he described as the “best part” of his body in the 5-2 victory.

And he insisted that there was no sentimentality after he had found the net against the club he departed for Bavaria earlier this month.

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“I celebrate against every team when I meet,” said Wagner – quoted by ?Bild. “It does not matter if I’ve been there for a year or if my mom or dad is a coach. I do not care.”

Wagner also acknowledged the unique nature of his goal; the ball appeared to strike the 30-year-old in a sensitive area before crossing the line.

“[The goal] was a mixture of this area. I do not want to go into that now,” he said. “My best part might have been involved, but I’m not sure anymore. It just went so fast. It was very pleasant.”

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He added: “It was great to finally make my first goal at home with my club.”

Bayern recovered from two goals down at the Allianz Arena to maintain their 16 point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

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Goals from Robert Lewandowksi, Jerome Boateng, Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman put the hosts in a commanding position, before Wagner’s late effort completed the scoring.

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