Barcelona on red alert as Bayern Munich prodigy considers summer exit
According to a recent report from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are among the clubs in contention to sign Kenan Yildiz in the upcoming summer transfer window.
An attacking midfielder by trade, the Yildiz is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the Bayern Munich academy. He currently plies his trade with the club’s U-19 setup, but many expect him to make the jump to professional football in the years to come.
However, the 17-year-old is facing an uncertain future in Bavaria, with his current contract at Bayern expiring at the end of the season.
The German Rekordmeister have shown the desire to tie Yildiz down to a long-term contract. But the youngster appears to be a bit apprehensive about penning a new deal amid worries over his place in the club’s youth setup.
The teenage youth prospect is upset over the recent signing of Lovro Zvonarek. The young Croat has joined the Bundesliga giants for a fee of around €1.8 million and plays in the same position as Yildiz.
It has compelled the 17-year-old to consider a potential exit from Bavaria this summer. He is set to become a free agent at the start of July and should find no shortage of suitors.
Barcelona are among the clubs keeping close tabs on Yildiz’s situation. The Catalans want to incorporate the youngster into their reserve side next season, offering him an opportunity to impress in the youth ranks before potentially making the move to the senior side.
With five-goal involvements in eight U-19 Bundesliga matches at the age of just 17, the young German has already made a huge impression in his homeland.
Many expect him to replicate his performances in Spain as well, and with the playmaker set to become a free agent in the summer, he could indeed be a financially feasible option for FC Barcelona, as they continue roping in talented youngsters across Europe.