Bayern target Toni
By Sam Hez
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bayern Munich are reported to have joined the race for Fiorentina striker Luca Toni.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have joined the race for Fiorentina striker Luca Toni, according to reports in Germany.
The World Cup winner appears keen to leave struggling Fiorentina for a bigger club which could guarantee him European football and a move to the Allianz-Arena might be appealing to the former Palermo ace.
Kicker claims that Bayern supremo Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is about to open talks with Toni's management as the Bundesliga outfit are keen to bolster their options in attack, with speculation suggesting that Claudio Pizarro's days in Munich could be numbered.
The Peruvian international is tied to the Bavarians until 2007, but talks about a new deal have stalled and coach Felix Magath is known to be a big fan of Toni, who would add power and physical presence to the club's often predictable style.
The news comes only days after Rummenigge revealed that in 2007 the club plans to spend a new Bundesliga record of up to é¼30 million on new players, but Bayern are set to face stern opposition from the likes of Internazionale and Milan for Europe's golden boot winner.
Meanwhile, Franz Beckenbauer has been elected to serve a fifth straight term as Bayern Munich president.
The German legend received 98.2 percent of the vote and will continue in the role he has held since 1994.