Bayern Munich have made official the transfer of Canadian wonderkid Alphonso Davies from Vancouver Whitecaps.
Bayern Munich have made their first official move of the 2018 summer transfer window. The Bavarians have signed young Canadian attacker Alphonso Davies from Vancouver Whitecaps, as per an official announcement from the club.
Davies has signed a contract with die Roten that will keep him in Munich til 2023. The 17-year-old will, however, finish off the current MLS season in Vancouver and join Bayern Munich on January 1st.
Although there hasn’t been any official indication of the fee Bayern will pay, it is rumored to be an MLS record €10 million and could even increase from there.
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Davies, who has been perhaps the best youngster in MLS this season, shared his excitement to join the German champions.
“I am very happy with my move to Bayern.
“As a kid, you dream about this moment and I’m happy it came through. Now it’s time to continue working, I have to give everything to make the most of the opportunity.”
Although Vancouver aren’t enduring the best season, Davies has nevertheless been at the heart of anything good for the Canadian side. He leads the team in assists with six and has also contributed with three goals of his own.
His remarkable 4.5 successful dribbles per game is a league high. And his 69 percent completion rate further highlights just how astute he is at beating a defender one-on-one.
Davies isn’t exactly the big signing many Bayern fans would have hoped for, but he’s still a solid addition to the squad. At only 17-years-old the sky is absolutely the limit for Davies, whose signature underlines Bayern’s revamped transfer strategy that is entirely focused on securing and nurturing young talent rather than spending excessive amounts on overpriced superstars.
It will be interesting now to see where Bayern Munich go from here. The club is apparently ready to offload a few players this summer, and Jerome Boateng could be the first to go after catching the eye of Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel. The Bavarians have also been heavily linked with Manchester United forward Anthony Martial. The Frenchman could follow Davies as the second young player signed by Bayern this transfer window.