Bayern Munich have been very busy in the last three months when it comes to squad planning. The Bavarian club has been negotiating with senior players for new deals, while two new players were added to the senior squad. Eric Dier and Sacha Boey have been signed in January to strengthen Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
The arrival of Christoph Freund was seen as a big step taken by Bayern to acquire some of the best young talents in the world. The Austrian sporting director did a great job at RB Salzburg in developing the young talent. He is trying to emulate similar success at Bayern.
Along with signing senior players, Die Roten have also signed some serious young and upcoming talents for the junior teams. According to Sky Sports in Germany, Bayern have reached an agreement with AIK Solna to sign highly-rated young striker Jonah Kusi-Asare.
The Bavarian club is paying €6.5 million (including bonuses) for the 16-year-old striker. They have acted swiftly to beat competition from the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, and Club Brugge. Kusi-Asare will move to Munich immediately as he completed his medical on Tuesday. As per Sky Sports, the Swede had visited Bavaria in 2022 for trials.
The young striker will be training with the first team straight away, but his game time will come with the reserves team. Christoph Freund pushed for the deal to be completed sooner rather than later. The Austrian led the negotiations for Die Roten to beat the competition from other European clubs.
Kusi-Asare has drawn comparisons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Sweden. He scored a hattrick for Sweden in the U-17 European Championship. It will be intriguing to see how the Bavarian club slowly integrates him into the first team over the next few seasons. Since top goal-scorers are so difficult to come by, it makes sense for Die Roten to get the best young talents and nurture them to become first-team regulars in the future.
Under Freund, Bayern also clinched the signing of Nestory Irankunda from Adelaide United in November. The young forward will arrive in Munich at the end of the season. The record Bundesliga champions also negotiated to sign Matija Popovic. However, Napoli won the race to sign the highly-rated Serbian forward. With Freund at the helm, Bayern will look to strengthen the reserves squad with the best young talents. The Austrian sporting director is eager to maintain a good balance of young talents and experienced players in the first team.