Vladimir Ranković, currently a reserve player with FC Bayern München II, has agreed to join Hannover 96 in the summer, according to Bild. The 20-year-old, whose youth contract with FC Bayern expires this summer, has allegedly agreed to a three year deal with the 96er.
Listed as a defender, Ranković has made all 25 of his appearances in midfield for the kleine Bayern, registering one goal and 14 assists. He is also part of the Germany U20 team, making two friendly appearances against the Italy and Poland U20 sides this past November.
Injured right back Steve Cherundolo is out of contract in the summer, and while Frantisek Rajtoral has a €750,000 option to move permanently from FC Viktoria Plzen, Hannover are still rather depleted at the fullback position. Thus, manager Dirk Dufner will reportedly bring in Ranković on a free transfer to further secure his right flank.
If confirmed, Ranković would become the second FC Bayern right back to set sails for newer horizons, for Benno Schmitz moved to RB Salzburg earlier this week. While Rankovic would be of service during FC Bayern II's 3. Bundesliga promotion bid regardless, the only two reserve players committed to the right flank for next season are Mitchell Weiser and the injured Alexander Sieghart.
With Rafinha signing an extension until 2017, Ranković became blocked out of the first team. With their two contracts supposedly expiring together, the option still remains open for FC Bayern to bring the youngster back as either Rafinha's or Philipp Lahm's replacement.
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