According to bild.de German international Miroslav Klose (32) is set to leave Bayern Munich.
As the Bavarian giants begin their rebuilding process under new Coach Jupp Heynckes, a number of players are likely to leave the club.
Klose began his spell at Bayern on a high, scoring 42 goals in 85 appearances in two seasons. Under Louis Van Gaal though, he fell behind the pecking order as Ivica Olic and Mario Gomez started to shine. Injuries didn't help, as he only scored 11 goals in 62 games during the past two seasons. He has been offered a one year contract which would be extended in case Klose makes 20 or more appearances for the Bavarians. He is reportedly earning 7mil. a year.
Should Klose, the World Cup 2006 Golden Boot winner, decide to leave the Bavarian side, he is not expected to fall short on offers. He has been linked with Valencia, Juventus, Everton and Tottenham. He had also been linked to Norwich City in recent days, which was denied by Canaries managers Paul Lambert.
While Valencia would offer Champions League football, Everton and Tottenham who have struggled with strikers, will welcome his experience and offer more playing time. Everton has struggled to find a consistent goal scorer in recent years and the spurs have also struggled in firepower. Juventus Turin on the other hand has a group of top class strikers in Alessandro Del Piero, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Fabio Quagliarella and former team mate of Klose, Luca Toni. Added to that, the 'Old Lady' failed to qualify for the Europa League.
Klose is currently in his hometown in the area of Pfalz. His agent Alex Schuett is expected to hold talks with the Bayern this week.
- by Mehdi Rahnama