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Sandro Wagner to transfer to China for €5m

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Sandro Wagner’s brief time (back) in Munich has come to a close. He will join Tianjin TEDA for a lucrative payday.

Sandro Wagner of FC Bayern Munich celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Round 16 return match between Besiktas and FC Bayern Munich at Vodafone Park in Istanbul, Turkey on March 14, 2018. Photo by Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Per a breaking report by Sky Sports, Bayern Munich and Tianjin TEDA of the Chinese Super League have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of backup striker Sandro Wagner (31). According to Sky’s information, Wagner will leave Bayern for a transfer fee in the neighborhood of €5 million.

Wagner joined Bayern just over a year ago from TSG Hoffenheim for a fee of €13 million. He played regularly under interim coach Jupp Heynckes, permitting Bayern’s first striker, Robert Lewandowski, to rest between crucial matches in the Champions League and DFB Pokal. Wagner had a very productive 2017-2018 season, netting 15 goals and 4 assists — 8 and 2 of them, respectively, for Bayern. Wagner enjoyed the highlight of his Bayern return when he scored a brace against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Under Niko Kovac, there has been little opportunity to start Wagner. Bayern’s inconsistent form early in the season has made Lewandowski simply indispensable, as every match has transformed into a must-win for the Bavarians, who still trail Dortmund in the Bundesliga table. With the arrival of Serge Gnabry and now also Alphonso Davies this season, Wagner has not even made the squad in the past few games.

Wagner’s new club, Tianjin TEDA, is coached by former German national player Uli Stielike. A magnificent payday awaits Wagner as he sails off into the far eastern sunrise: he is set to earn €15 million on a contract running through 2020, or about €5 million every half a year.