A France Football report (via YahooSports.de) indicates that Bayern Munich is taking a close look at French 17-year old prospect Darly N’Landu. Landu, who does not currently have a professional contract, could be a relatively inexpensive signing from the OSC Lille reserve team. Bayern have recently shown great interest in signing youngsters on the verge of beginning their professional careers.
With a strong core of French players already rostered in Franck Ribery, Kingsley Coman, and Corentin Tolisso, Bayern has been proven to make shrewd investments in French talent over the years, particularly in recent history. Coman appears to have a strong lock on being the successor to Ribery, while Tolisso was the most expensive signing (€41.5m) ever for Bayern and is in heated competition for playing time within the crowded central midfield area.
Landu, who has played left wing and also centrally at attacking midfield and striker, would likely be considered a purchase for the future. Despite speculation that Bayern may be planning for the Post Robbery-era (Ribery and Arjen Robben), the club also has the option to keep both veterans at least another season if it decides one or either player would be key to next season’s roster. With Landu’s age and relative inexperience, the assumption would be that a potential signing would not impact any other decisions for next season.