Timo Werner is Bayern’s favoured choice to replace Robert Lewandowski, should the Poland international be sold. Former Bayern technical director Michael Reschke first made contact with Werner in 2014 when he was a teenager at Stuttgart but his agent was concerned a move to the Allianz Arena was too soon in his career. Lewandowski declared last month, via his agent, he wants to leave Bayern.
Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid looks even more uncertain following the appointment of Lopetegui. Deciding the future of the Welshman is one of the incoming coach’s first major jobs but his close relationship with Spain playmaker Isco means he may view Bale as disposable. A report claims, “Isco is to Lopetegui, what Benzema was to Zidane”. (AS)