In a surprising move this morning, Hamburger SV announced that it has extended the contract of Jann-Fiete Arp and the youngster will remain with Der Dino through 2020. Arp, who was widely expected to transfer to Bayern Munich this summer, appears to be headed for a season in Bundesliga 2 with Hamburger SV to enhance his development.
Fiete Extended! Jann-Fiete ARP sets a strong sign and expands its existing contract for another year to 2020 #nurderHSV #Vertragsverlängerung
Just yesterday it appeared that Arp was a fee agreement away from joining Die Roten as we covered here. Specifically, it was thought that Bayern would be able to acquire Arp for €5M.
After weeks of speculation in Hamburg, HSV have apparently rejected Bayern’s 2.5 million euro offer for striker Jann-Fiete Arp. The club have countered Bayern’s offer by doubling the asking price to five million euros, according to Frankfurter Rundschau.
The situation has become a major story in Hamburg, with every move being watched by the press, including a live account of each car that pulled up to the HSV offices to discuss the potential move.
HSV coach Christian Titz commented to Sky Sports on the affair saying, “The last weeks and months were very stressful for the boy...The whole situation has slowly burdened him.” However, he hinted at a solution coming soon, saying, “Clarity is on the home stretch.”
After months of speculation, including the reports that Arp and Bayern had already agreed to a four-year, €20M deal, Arp will continue to build his skill and experience outside of Munich after all.