Bayern Munich’s goal to retain Germany’s top talents and keep those players in the Bundesliga could mean a move for Hamburger SV’s Jann-Fiete Arp is in play.
TZ cited a report by Hamburger Morgenpost that Die Roten could be in pole position to secure the services of Arp, who is widely regarded as one of Germany’s top forward prospects. Arp, only 18, would likely fill the role as successor to Robert Lewandowski if Bayern can secure him via transfer.
Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic maintains the very best relations with Arp’s consultant Jürgen Milewski, who supervised him throughout his entire career. In the future, Bayern want to rely on talents anyway and develop them into top players. Arp fits in well with the concept.
As always, however, there is a Premier League side also in the mix. Per a report in Sport Witness, Arp will leave HSV if the squad is relegated, and Tottenham Hotspur is working back channels in an effort to bring the youngster to London. According to another Sport Witness report that cites SportBild, the Spurs are a favorite of Arp and would have an excellent chance to make a deal.
Things took another step forward on Wednesday, with SportBild having a two page spread on Arp potentially moving to Tottenham in the summer transfer window. It’s again stated a Hamburg exit is likely for Arp should relegation happen, and Tottenham are once again said to be keen. The Premier League club will ‘now intensify’ their efforts to sign the 18 year old striker, and it sounds like he’d welcome the destination should he decided to leave HSV. SportBild say Arp has been a Tottenham fan since childhood, which wasn’t so long ago, and Spurs are his chosen PlayStation team. SportBild believe the transfer would be at around €10m or more, slightly more than the market value Bild put on Arp.
Welcome to 2018, where players decide their future by what FIFA team they use. Per TransferMarkt, Arp has a value of £6.75m.
UPDATE: Fiete Arp yet to make a decision
According to a new report by Bild, Arp has not yet made any decision about his future. Hamburg, however, probably still must confront the fact that he intends to leave his beloved hometown club if (or when) they are relegated to the 2. Liga. At the present moment, a move to Bayern seems unlikely, since Arp seems unlikely to leave a club bound for the Second Bundesliga only to play in the Regionalliga Bayern with Bayern II.
But Bayern fans may at least relish the fact that the rumor Arp wants to go to Tottenham is, according to Bild, totally bogus.