According to a report by Voetbal International, Bayern Munich are interested in signing Steven Bergwijn, a winger who plays for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. The Germans aren’t the only ones following the 21 year old, as Manchester United and Internazionale are also said to be interested.
Bergwijn, who plays on the left wing, has notched up an impressive 10 goals and 9 assists in 2,137 minutes played this season. However, the report indicates that PSV are keen to break outgoing transfer record, set by Memphis Depay when he transferred to Manchester United for a reported fee of €34 million in 2015.
While Bergwijn seems like an interesting prospect, it would be incredibly wasteful for Bayern Munich to go ahead and spend €35m+ on a youngster from the Dutch league. Manchester United did it with Depay, and they got burned on the deal. Attackers simply score more goals in Eredivise — a 35 year old Klaas-Jaan Huntelaar has 14 goals and 4 assists in 1,706 minutes this season for Ajax, while in his last season at Schalke he only managed 5 goals and a single assist in 1,130 minutes of play.
In addition, Bergwijn’s numbers this season are actually worse than Depay’s in his last year at PSV, even though Depay was the same age at the time. When it comes to G+A per 90 numbers, Depay comes out on top, vindicating his transfer fee somewhat. While the market has inflated since then, it doesn’t mean that the Bavarians should spend that amount on another winger when there are other targets to be had.
With Bayern still so interested in Callum Hudson-Odoi, and young wingers like Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, and Alphonso Davies already on the squad, file this rumor under the “unlikely to happen” category.