Bayern Munich make contract offer for Assan Ouedraogo

Bayern Munich have reportedly made contract offer for Schalke’s teen midfield sensation Assan Ouedraogo as they look to beat Bundesliga rivals for his signature.
Bayern Munich make offer for Schalke's Assan Ouedraogo.
Bayern Munich make offer for Schalke's Assan Ouedraogo. / Max Ellerbrake - firo sportphoto/GettyImages

Bayern Munich are working on multiple deals in January as they look to strengthen the squad on a medium and long-term basis. The Bavarian club is also lining up deals for the summer transfer window in January. They have now made the first move to secure the services of one of the hottest midfield prospects in Germany.

According to Sky Sports in Germany, Bayern have made a five-year contract offer for Schalke’s Assan Ouedraogo. The ball is now in the youngster’s court. Ouedraogo is currently focussing on recovery from an injury. He will take some time to make the decision on his future.

The transfer fee negotiations will not be an issue for Die Roten. There is a release clause worth €15 million in Ouedraogo’s contract. Bayern will activate the clause at the end of the season if Ouedraogo accepts the five-year contract.

Bayern are facing stiff competition from RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt for Ouedraogo, while AC Milan have also shown interest in the German midfielder. Sky Sports have also reported that Frankfurt have also made a contract offer to the player.

The Bavarian club had previously held talks with Ouedraogo. The youngster now has to decide which club best fits him in terms of his development and collective ambitions. Frankfurt and RB Leipzig may provide a more direct path to the first team right now, but Bayern are not afraid to play younger players as they did with Alphonso Davies and Jamal Musiala.

Ouedraogo has been in very good form for Schalke in the second division this season. He had racked up close to 600 minutes of league action before suffering a ligament injury in November while on international duty for Germany’s U-17 team. The youngster is expected to make a return later in Ruckrunde.

Bayern are not shy of spending big fees on talented youngsters. They want to make sure that the best German talent is developing at Sabner Strasse, so the move for Ouedraogo doesn’t come across as a surprise. Finding the right balance between young players and established stars is key for Die Roten to compete across all fronts every season.

Christoph Freund was appointed as the sporting director to get the best young talents to the club. They have already clinched the deal for talented Australian winger Nestory Irankunda. Freund will hope that Bayern eventually manages to win the race for Ouedraogo. The outcome of this transfer battle may not come soon as the player takes time to assess all options.