Bayern Munich scouting Brazilian wonderkid

Palmeiras midfielder Luis Guilherme is attracting interest from Bayern Munich (Photo by Pedro H. Tesch/Getty Images)
Palmeiras midfielder Luis Guilherme is attracting interest from Bayern Munich (Photo by Pedro H. Tesch/Getty Images) /

As things stand, Bayern Munich don’t have a single Brazilian in their first-team squad, but that could change next summer if they decide to turn their interest in Luis Guilherme into a concrete offer.

Palmeiras midfielder Guilherme is a highly sought-after attacking midfielder, with a host of clubs showing considering interest in the 17-year-old, including Premier League duo Manchester United and Chelsea.

It seems clear that Thomas Tuchel and the Bayern management team are intent on improving midfield, after being linked yesterday with Valencia’s Javi Guerra.

According to football insider Fabrizio Romano, Bayern sent scouts to track Guilherme as his side faced Boca Juniors in the semi-final of the Copa Libertadores. The midfielder played just 12 minutes in this game as Boca came out on top 4-2 on penalties.

Although not confirmed, it’s likely the scouts will also watch the game against Santos over the weekend in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, where he’s likely to play a more significant role. Although at 17 years of age, he has largely been used off the bench this season.

Bayern is tracking Luis Guilherme, one of the most exciting youngsters in world football

Guilherme joined Palmeiras in 2017 and signed his first professional contract in June 2022, quickly making a statement and forcing his way into Abel Ferreira’s first team. Known as a technically gifted midfielder, Guilherme largely operates as a central attacking midfielder, but he has also played on the right side of midfield this year.

With the lightning-quick pace and bags of skill, Guilherme has often said that Argentinian great Lionel Messi was an inspiration for him growing up. The Aracaju-born midfielder is still developing his game and his physique and has yet to find the back of the net this year in 23 appearances, mostly from the bench.

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It’s believed that Guilherme has a €60 million release clause in his contract, but at this point in his career, it would be a big gamble to spend that kind of money on a player who’s still playing a bit-part role with his current side.

Romano also indicates that there are “five important European clubs” tracking him and we know how much Barcelona and Real Madrid like to shop in Brazil, with both teams having deep connections in the region. So if Bayern do want to secure his signature, they’ll face some very tough competition.

Right now there are no indications that a bid is imminent and with Jamal Musiala occupying that #10 role, you have to say that Bayern would be better suited looking for a deeper midfielder, but you’d never turn down signing one of the South America’s brightest young stars.