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Merkur: Ylli Sallahi Close to a Transfer to Karlsruher SC

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The 20-year-old Austrian could seek first team minutes elsewhere when his contract expires.

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Ylli Sallahi might be on his way to the 2. Bundesliga, Fussball Vorort (a Merkur publication) reporting that Karlsruher SC and he are close to a transfer.

Sallahi is in his second season with Bayern Munich II after spending a season with the U19 team on loan from Kapfenberg II. The "free-kick specialist" has scored six goals and recorded seven assists this season as the reserves renew their fight to get into the 3. Liga. He made his first appearances for the Austria U21 side in the most recent international break, playing along side former teammates Alessandro Schöpf and Kevin Friesenbichler as a left midfielder.

The 20-year-old has a contract until June, 2015, and has made one appearance (three team sheet appearances) with the Bayern first team. He played as part of the "B team" in Augsburg that resulted in Bayern's first loss in the Bundesliga, playing adjacent to Mitchell Weiser as a left back.

He has trained extensively with Bayern's first team in the preseason, making the trip to the United States and appearing at the end of Bayern's 1-0 victory over Chivas Guadalajara. There is no word yet on whether Karlsruhe's interest is in a January transfer or a pre contract for the 2015/16 season. With David Alaba and Juan Bernat excelling with the first team, Sallahi's path into Bayern has some major obstacles.

Should the Austrian depart, he would be the fifth fullback prospect to leave the club in the past four years. He would be following in the footsteps of Vladimir Ranković and Benno Schmitz, who signed pre-contracts with Hannover 96 and RB Salzburg in March. Dennis Chessa made the jump to the 2. Bundesliga over the summer, signing a contract with VfR Aalen, where he has made six appearances at right back.

The reserve season does not kick off again until March 7, 2015, and if shenanigans do happen in the transfer window, the reserves could be playing their final twelve matches without one of their leading goal scorers.