Bayern Munich has reportedly held talks with FC Koln for two loan deals in the winter transfer window.
With the winter transfer window four weeks away, the transfer rumours involving Bayern Munich will start getting intense. The German Champions have a very deep squad after a flurry of signings in the final week of the summer window, so they are unlikely to bring in someone. However, the immediate future of young stars could be sorted during January.
According to Spox, Joshua Zirkzee has emerged as a transfer target for FC Koln. It is set to be a loan deal as Zirkzee is rated highly at Bayern. Along with Zirkzee, Koln also wants to sign Leon Dajaku from Bayern’s reserves squad. This report also confirms that Koln has already held talks with Bayern regarding loan transfers.
Zirkzee broke into the first team last year after there were numerous injuries in the attacking department during December. He made an instant impact by scoring two vital goals against Freiburg and Wolfsburg at the end of 2019. Since then, Zirkzee has been regularly training with the first team.
When Robert Lewandowski suffered an injury against Chelsea in February, Zirkzee led the line for Die Roten in a couple of games. The Dutch striker ended the season with four goals and one assist in 12 appearances across all competitions. (Stats courtesy: Transfermarkt)
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Zirkzee has found it difficult to get playing time with the first team after the arrival of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The young forward was linked with a move to Feyenoord on the deadline day, but the move didn’t materialize. Although Zirkzee wants to become an important player for Die Roten, he is open to going out on loan to continue his development.
Meanwhile, Dajaku also made his debut for the first team under Hansi Flick last December. However, the German striker has been largely involved with reserves. During the summer transfer window, Dajaku was linked with a move to England. Spox reveals that all interested clubs wanted Dajaku on a permanent transfer, but he wanted a loan deal. Dajaku is determined to fulfill his potential at Bayern.
Both young players are at a crucial stage of their development. They are probably too good to be playing in the reserves team but getting minutes in the senior team is difficult. A loan move is perfect for both players to get a sustained run at the senior level.
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Moving to FC Koln will be a good move for all parties, provided both players are promised a good amount of playing time during the second half of the season. Staying in the Bundesliga will also give them a good experience and help them to become better players.