Harry Kane is set to join an illustrious history of iconic former Bayern Munich No 9s if his £100m deal is confirmed
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Harry Kane is set to follow in the footsteps of some big-name Bayern Munich strikers at the Allianz Arena as his £100m move to the Bundesliga draws nearer to completion.
The England captain’s switch has been one of the stories of the summer but the saga looked close to concluding on Thursday night after Bayern finally agreed a deal with Spurs and began preparing his medical.
Despite the deal looking in doubt after Tottenham blocked his flight to Germany after attempting to re-negotiate the deal, issues are now thought to have been resolved – paving the way for the deal to be finally wrapped up.
Kane was hoping to feature in their German Super Cup clash against RB Leipzig on Saturday, but he would have needed to be registered by 2pm (UK time) to play, a deadline he is now unlikely to meet.
The 29-year-old won’t have to wait too long to make his Bayern debut, however, ahead of their season opener against Werder Bremen on August 18, and fans of the German club will be looking forward to seeing him make history like many of their former top strikers.
Harry Kane is set to join a long list of iconic former No 9s at Bayern should his £100m move from Bayern Munich be completed
He will be following in the footsteps of former Bayern strikers Robert Lewandowski and Mario Mandzukic
While Kane currently wears No 10 at Spurs – Leroy Sane is currently occupying that number, and with Bayern not currently having a No 9 in their squad, it is likely the Englishman would take that number up.
Kane will face inevitable comparisons to Robert Lewandowski, the Polish hitman who fired in 344 goals for the club across eight seasons, and there will be pressure for him to live up to those lofty standards.
Lewandowski was Bayern’s talisman after joining the club on a free transfer in 2014 and went on to become one of the best players in world football during his time with the Bundesliga giants.
His greatest season saw him net 55 times in the 2019-20 campaign, which would have likely earned him the Ballon d’Or award had the ceremony not been scrapped by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kane has his work cut out to catch record scorer Gerd Muller, who netted 523 goals in 580 games
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Another former No 9 who had a successful spell at Bayern was Mario Manduzkic from 2012 until 2014, with the Croatian netting 22 times in all competitions in his first season, and then followed that up with 26 strikes in his second campaign.
He was also part of the group that won the 2012-13 Champions League against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley – starting in the final and scoring the opening goal before Bayern secured a 2-1 win.
Going back futher, fans may remember the exploits of Italian Luca Toni – who was ruthless in his first season in Munich of 2007-08 to score 39 times in all competitions and help Bayern romp to the treble of the title, German Cup and German Super Cup.
Kane will hope to break a slew of records at Bayern but by far the biggest figure he’ll have to live up to is record goalscorer Gerd Muller.
Luca Toni also had two successful seasons at Bayern – including his first season in 2007-08 where he scored 39 times
The former Germany superstar blitzed his way to 523 goals in 580 games, racking up a goal every 168 minutes.
He is not only regarded as Bayern’s greatest ever striker, but also one of the best in football history having won the European Championships with Germany in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974.
He also won’t be the first former Tottenham striker to make the move from north London to Munich after Jurgen Klinsmann did the same thing in the 1994-95 season after one successful season with Spurs.
Off the back of netting 29 goals in all competitions for Spurs in 1994-95, Klinsmann then joined Bayern the following season and would go on to score 31 goals in his first campaign, then follow it up with 17 strikes, helping to win the UEFA Cup and then the Bundesliga the following season.
And one for the Bayern die-hards and historians – former No 9 Roland Wohlfarth will be fondly remembered by all concerned with the club after his run of 155 goals in 332 games to inspire Bayern to five title triumphs between 1984 and 1990 – as well as the German Cup in 1985-86.
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