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Benfica swoop in for Bayern Munich reserve striker Kevin Friesenbichler

The FC Bayern II forward will join the Portuguese giants on a free transfer.

Simon Hofmann

We officially have one forward that won't be returning to Bayern Munich next summer. FC Bayern II striker Kevin Friesenbichler has joined Portuguese champions SL Benfica on a free transfer. The 20 year old Austrian has signed a four year contract with Benfica and has already been to Lisbon to complete his medical ahead of the move.

Friesenbichler has 14 goals and 8 assists in the Regionalliga for Bayern and has the opportunity to help FCBII earn promotion up to the 3.Liga in the two-legged playoff against Fortune Köln. Considering that Pierre Hojbjerg (Denmark) and Julian Green (USA) are with their national teams and won't take part in the playoff, it's a good thing that Friesenbichler will be manning the front line.

According to his agent Daniel Kastner, Benfica scouted Friesenbichler with FC Bayern II on 6 different occasions and were convinced by his performances this spring that he was one for the future. Friesenbichler himself spoke about a potential Bayern extension.

"A contract extension at Bayern was possible, but I see much more opportunity at Benfica to breakthrough to the pros."

With Friesenbichler leaving, FCB II will need to hope they have another forward gem in the pipeline ready to go next season, whether the club is in the Regionalliga or 3.Liga.

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