• Dan Tracey


As Bayern Munich prepare to conquer the world and get the better of Mexican side Tigres UANL in the delayed 2020 FIFA Club World Cup Final, they are also looking to continue their pursuit of the game’s best players.

Last season saw the German giants crush all those that stood in their way and after winning the treble, Hans-Dieter Flick’s men were very much at the peak of their powers and those powers have seemingly not lessened this season.

With the Allianz Arena outfit currently seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, there is every chance that Bayern go on to land an incredible ninth successive championship come the end of the season.

Which means this red footballing juggernaut, is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down anytime soon and those who oversee the running of such a machine, know that a constant amount of fuel is required for its upkeep.

Fuel that comes in the shape of talented players who wear the club’s legendary colours and although there is no shortage of those in Munich, it is a squad that needs to constantly evolve in the pursuit of victory.

While it is that pursuit of victory, that has put Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah on their radar and if Bayern do make it nine in a row, they would love nothing more than the Egyptian helping to make it a perfect 10.

Such has been the interest in the Egyptian international, that a charm offensive has already begun and the man who has been laying it on rather thick, is none other than former German international Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The legendary ex- Bayern Munich and West Germany forward is currently Chairman of Executive Board and wields a lot of power not only within the confines of Bayern Munich, but also the large circles of European football.

Which means when Rummenigge speaks, people tend to listen and his recent comments will have certainly sparked the rumour mill into life, as the 65-year-old was gushing in his praise for Liverpool’s Salah.

Quoted as saying that Salah is "Lionel Messi of Africa", it seems as if he is trying to plant a seed in the Egyptian’s mind and get the wheels turning on a potential switch from the Premier League to the Bundesliga.

Rummenigge went on to add further praise, by saying:

"It would be an honour to have him. What he has achieved can be compared to what Messi and Ronaldo did with Barca and Real."

However, Salah’s current employers have certainly been wise to this and have offered a rather quick rebuttal. One that sets their stall out and they have stated that in no uncertain terms, is the former Basel man for sale.

Of course, those who pay the wages will always have the final say, but if this is the end of Liverpool’s successful cycle and the unthinkable happens, in that they fail to finish in the top four of the Premier League, a move to Bayern Munich may be rather appealing for Mohamed Salah.