Bayern Munich may at last make a final decision about the transfer of the jewel of Hamburg’s academy Jann-Fiete Arp to Munich. A new report in Kicker’s Monday edition (via AZ) indicates that a decision regarding Arp should be made this week. Negotiations between Hamburg and Bayern have been stalled since Bayern made an initial offer of €2.5 million, well below what HSV wants for the young star. Bayern and Arp himself, however, have reportedly already negotiated terms.
The question now is whether Bayern decides bring Arp to Munich this year, paying a higher transfer fee to Hamburg, or wait a year and sign him on a free transfer in 2019. According to Kicker, Arp would be happy to see out his contract in Hamburg if it came to that. Arp is supposedly becoming annoyed that he still does not know where he will be playing in the coming season, and Hamburg are likewise waiting for Bayern to act.
At any rate, Arp’s personal interest is in a maximum of playing time, which would be hard to come by on Bayern’s first team. If Bayern opt to buy out his contract now, Arp would presumably spend most of his time playing for Bayern II. A plan to purchase Arp now and loan him directly to Hamburg no longer seems to be on the cards.