By Nikolai Mende
After a forgettable campaign, Bayern Munich are looking to rebuild their side to compete for next year's Champions League and Goal.com can exclusively reveal that the club have held negotiations with Benfica officials over the signing of left-back Fabio Coentrao.
Bayern representatives met with their Benfica counterparts in Munich on Tuesday to discuss the potential transfer although a fee is yet to be agreed. The Lisbon club are believed to be looking for a sum of around £26 million for the Portugal international, a figure that the Bavarian club are unwilling to pay.
However, reports in Portugal state that the Europa League semi-finalists are reserved to losing their star player this summer and Bayern appear to be the only party to show a continuing interest in the 23-year-old.
The Bundesliga giants have been linked with Coentrao for the best part of this campaign, but have waited until qualification for next season's Champions League was confirmed to start negotiating a deal.
Signing the former Rio Ave defender would give Bayern a devastating threat down the left-wing, with the attack-minded full-back linking up with Franck Ribery.
Along with the potential arrival of Coentrao, as well as Manuel Neuer, Süddeutsche claimed on Thursday evening that Energie Cottbus striker Nils Petersen will move to Bayern, signing a three-year contract.