Bayern Munich is reportedly going to add Ajax forward Nicolas Kuhn to the reserves squad.
It has been a quiet transfer window from Bayern Munich despite Hansi Flick’s insistence that he wants two players added in the first-team squad. Flick is unlikely to get his wish fulfilled, but Die Roten is reportedly closing on the first transfer of the January window.
According to De Telegraaf, Bayern is set to sign Nicolas Kuhn from Ajax. The 20-year-old forward is set to join on a six-month loan with no option to buy. Kuhn is expected to play with Die Roten’s reserves squad till the end of the season.
Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg also confirmed that Bayern is close to signing teenage German midfielder. Kuhn’s contract at Ajax is set to expire in 2021, so Bayern may look to sign him permanently if he impresses during the loan spell.
Kuhn can primarily play on both flanks, and he can be deployed in the number nine role too. The German forward is yet to break into Ajax’s team, but his numbers for U23s has been decent this season. He has contributed to five goals in 17 appearances for the Dutch side.
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Bayern Munich was not efficient in the transfer market last summer when you talk about first-team players. However, they were very aggressive in adding young talent to reserves squad. Sarpreet Singh and Leon Dajaku were some of the high profile young players that joined Die Roten in summer.
The German champions have been struggling to bring through top players that will become important members of the first team. This aggressive approach will help in stockpiling the best talents, but they need to have a clear pathway in their mind that will lead to first-team opportunities.
Since the transfer fees are getting higher every summer, youth players can become essential building blocks of the first team. It will be interesting to see how Bayern manage young talents, as Oliver Kahn also insisted that he wants more youth players in the first team.
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In the case of Kuhn, it looks like a long trial rather than a move to Bayern. The German forward is rated highly, and could get a permanent move to Bavaria. Die Roten could also wait one more year to sign him on a free transfer after his deal expires next summer. He is likely to get more than decent playing time with reserves as Joshua Zirkzee and Leon Dajaku have been training with the first team.