Llorente, Guidetti, Giroud, Pizarro: which striker will Bayern sign?

With Ivica Olic set to leave in the summer, the Bavarians need a new back-up striker. Goal.com reveals the targets FCB have lined up and analyses the situation of each candidate
By Nikolai Mende and Clark Whitney

It's well known that Bayern Munich are searching for a striker. Ivica Olic will leave the club this summer, with Wolfsburg reported to be his most likely destination. And now, the hunt for a new backup centre-forward is underway.

The German record champions have depth on their mind ahead of the summer transfer window, and the lack of a secondary striking option behind Mario Gomez is a concern. With Olic out of contract in July and Nils Petersen likely to leave on either a loan or full transfer, a higher caliber player has been targeted to bolster the Bavarians' attack. But with Gomez enjoying an untouchable status as the undisputed lone forward, a suitable and willing deputy will not be easy to find.

Will extend at Bilbao
Not yet convincing


Bayern's search for a new goalscoring option has been ongoing for some time. Goal.com can exclusively reveal that Fernando Llorente was considered, but no longer is an option. The Bavarians recently tabled a €7.5 million bid, but the player had demands of regular playing time that the German side could not guarantee. Now, Llorente is set for an extension with Athletic Bilbao, which will soon be made official.

Montpellier's Olivier Giroud has been watched by Bayern scouts on several occasions, as has Swedish starlet John Guidetti, who has found the net 18 times in 19 games this season for Feyenoord. However, the Bayern bosses are not entirely satisfied with either: Giroud has minimal international experience, while Guidetti is seen as a risk, following the failed experiment with Petersen. Instead, Uli Hoeness & Co. have turned their eyes to more seasoned professionals.

Schalke or EPL
The favourite
Settled at BVB


According to a Goal.com source, several teams have in recent weeks been in touch with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, including Bayern. In response, Schalke have offered the player €8m per season to extend his contract. There is also interest from the Premier League and Serie A in the Dutch striker, but his comfortable situation in Gelsenkirchen and soon-to-be massive wage rise are expected to see Huntelaar remain at the Veltins-Arena. Only if he receives a mega offer from England will the 28-year-old decide to leave.

Also in the Bundesliga, Bayern have expressed interest in Robert Lewandowski. But while he has yet to extend his contract beyond 2014, the Poland international is happy in Dortmund. With his only competition at the club, Lucas Barrios, tipped to leave in the summer, Lewandowski will remain at the Westfalenstadion.

A sixth option is veteran Bremen striker Claudio Pizarro, who has an advantage in that he is out of contract in the summer. But while he would be available for a free transfer, the Peruvian's salary is not negligible. However, Pizarro is familiar with Bayern, having played in Munich for six years, and he is regarded as a reliable and viable option. A final decision is expected soon.