Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are now set to go head to head for VFB Stuttgart forward Sasa Kalajdzic.
VfB Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic has been named as a replacement for Bayern striker Robert Lewandoski if he leaves the club this summer. The Polish international fell out with his manager Julian Nagelsmann, after a heated argument on some tactical instructions.
He recently made it public that he wants to quit Bayern Munich. Barcelona are expected to make a move for the Polish striker this summer and are even readying a bid for him despite their financial troubles.
On the other hand, Bayern are on the verge of agreeing on a deal with Liverpool’s winger, Sadio Mane, and will also look to announce the signing of Ajax midfielder, Ryan Gravenberch. They have also completed the signing of Noussair Mazraoui on a free transfer. Despite these signings, Bayern are still actively pursuing other targets this summer and Kalajdzic is one of them.
Borrusia Dortmund has made him their top transfer target as they look to replace Erling Haaland who will be joining Manchester City this summer.
With Kalajdzic’s contract expiring next summer, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are in a hot pursuit to sign the Austrian striker. VFB Stuttgart are still hopeful of keeping him at the club by offering him a new contract after he promised not to leave on a free transfer.
Stuttgart CEO Alexander Wehrle spoke to Sky Sports (via @iMiaSanMia). “We are in good dialogue with Sasa and his agent. We would like to keep him at VFB Stuttgart. He is a very important key player. It’s not certain that a player with one year left on his contract will definitely leave the club.
“There’s a clear agreement that Sasa will not leave the club on a free transfer next year. So I’m assuming that if he doesn’t move (this summer), he’ll extend the contract.”
Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat also revealed that the club does not want to lose all three of their key players this summer, with Borna Sosa and Orel Mangala being linked with a move to other clubs.
The 24-year-old striker found the back of the net six times in 15 appearances for his club side. He is currently on international duty with Austria and he is all focused on that right now.
A fee of around $32m should be enough to seal his transfer.