Franck Ribery’s time at Bayern could very well come to and end next summer. But can Bayern find an adequate replacement for the man who has written Bayern history in the last ten years.
When you look back at the history of the Bundesliga, and the Champions League, you’ll need to dig incredibly deep to find a player who has had a greater impact on a club like Ribery.
We believe that these two young stars can replace the Frenchman in the long run.
Leroy Sané – Manchester City
Convincing Manchester City to part with Leroy Sané may be easier said than done. The German international made the mega-money move from Schalke 04 in August 2016 and has since become a real star under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.
Sané took four months to settle into Premier League life and has now become an integral part of Guardiola’s plans going forward. Like a young Arjen Robben, Sané is gaining plaudits for his directness, pace and eye for goal.
In fact, he is City’s fourth highest goalscorer this season despite only notching his first goal during the side’s Premier League victory over Arsenal in December.
An enormous offer could prise the 21-year-old away from Manchester City, and having grown up in Germany, his head may be turned by the opportunity to play for the country’s biggest club.
Sané did turn down Bayern Munich’s approaches before opting for a summer switch to the Etihad Stadium but could be lured back to Germany soon enough.
At the age of 21, he has plenty of time on his side and will eventually become one of France’s most talented players. Similar to Franck Ribery, Lemar could move to western Germany and become a huge success story.
Julian Draxler (PSG)
Julian Draxler plays for PSG and Germany national team. He is known for his ability to use both feet,his speed,[4and the power of his shot.
Draxler made his Bundesliga debut for Schalke 04 aged 17 in January 2011, and in May of that year scored the first goal as the side won the DFB Pokal Final. In total, he played 171 competitive matches for Schalke, scoring 30 goals, before transferring to Wolfsburg in 2015. In January 2017, he joined PSG.
On 24 December 2016, it was announced on VfL Wolfsburg’s website that Draxler would be joining Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year contract, pending a medical examination.
The transfer was officially completed on 3 January 2017. On 7 January, Draxler made his competitive debut for PSG in a Coupe de France fixture against Bastia at the Parc des Princes.