Bayern Munich to move for 17-year-old over Ronaldo as they seek Lewandowski replacement

Date published: Wednesday 20th July 2022 3:05 - Jason Soutar

Bayern Munich-linked striker Cristiano Ronaldo during a match

Bayern Munich will make a move for Rennes teenager Mathys Tel after opting against signing Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports.

Ronaldo is yet to report for pre-season with Manchester United after reportedly telling the club he wants to leave this summer.

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The Portugal captain scored 18 goals in 30 Premier League encounters last term as the Red Devils finished sixth.

Ronaldo is yet to receive an appealing offer despite reported interest from Bayern Munich, Napoli and Chelsea.

Bayern have just sold their talisman Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, meaning they have a big void to fill up front.

However, Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg has insisted that the German champions have no intention of pursuing a move for Ronaldo, Luis Suarez or Edinson Cavani, instead insisting the club are “pushing” to sign Tel from Rennes.

Plettenberg told Sky Sports: “Maybe you want to hear the big names like Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez or Cristiano Ronaldo, but these players are not a topic for Bayern Munich at this stage to replace Robert Lewandowski.

“There are two parties in the club, the one that says, ‘we need that typical striker, we need one more striker next to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’.

“But on the other hand there are people in the club who say, ‘we have got so many big players like Sadio Mane, Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman – that is enough’.

“This is why Bayern is pushing the transfer for Matthys Tel. He is 17 years old, a striker from Rennes. Bayern say internally, ‘this is the biggest striker talent in Europe, this is the reason why we are going for him, this is the reason why we want to invest around €25million (£21.3m).

“If that deal won’t happen with Tel then I don’t want to exclude that there is another possibility, maybe with Sasa Kalajdzic.”

Tel is under contract until 2024 and has scored five goals in six games for France’s under-18s team.

He made his debut for Rennes’ first team at the age of 16, coming off the bench in his side’s 1-1 draw away to Stade Brest last August.

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