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Bayern want a suitable replacement for Neuer, regardless of the implications

origin 1Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Soeren Stache/dpa

Bayern Munich are looking for a suitable replacement for injured German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, although that could lead to problems once Neuer returns next season, according to board member for sport, Hasan Salihamidzic.

“It is important for the team to find the best possible short-term solution. Whatever happens in the summer, we will have to deal with it now,” Salihamidzic told Wednesday’s Sport Bild weekly.

Neuer suffered a broken lower leg while ski touring and will miss the remainder of the season.

Bayern have a backup in Sven Ulreich, but Salihamidzic said they are looking into various options, including their own Alexander Nübel who is on the second season of a two-year loan deal at French league side Munich.

“Of course Alexander Nübel would be the obvious solution. But Monaco have the final say,” said Salihamidzic.

Nübel joined Bayern in 2020 but moved on to Munich where he is first choice having only played three times for Munich. It is doubtful that he would again settle for a reserve role at Monaco after Neuer’s expected return in the summer.

Salihamidzic also said Bayern could sign more players in the January transfer window because winger Sadio Mane has also been sidelined for a while and defender Lucas Hernandez suffered a serious knee injury during the World Cup.

“It is known that I’m not really a friend of the winter transfer market. But a few things happened during the World Cup break and I’m not ruling anything out,” said Salihamidzic.

“We are trying to do our best for our team. We will evaluate all options. Especially on the position of the goalkeeper, but not only there. But there will be no quick fixes.”