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Silly Season: Bayern linked with promising French Youngster

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As silly season reaches a fever pitch Bayern have reportedly set their sights on a rather unknown commodity, keeping with the trend of bringing in young, raw talents rather than big money targets.

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According to Bild (paywall), Bayern Munich have identified another promising French talent. Bayern scouts have apparently set their sights on 18-year-old Bordeaux midfielder Aurelien Tchouaméni, who could join fellow countrymen Kinglsey Coman and Corentin Tolisso, in addition to possible arrivals Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez. A French Revolution of sorts may be at the foundation of the Rekordmeister’s roster overhaul.

The young midfielder made his professional debut this season for the Ligue 1 side, making 15 appearances with one goal to his name. He has featured predominantly off of the bench domestically, playing a larger role in the Europa League. Bordeaux currently sit at 12 in the Ligue 1 table after crashing out of the Europe.

He operates primarily as a box-to-box central midfielder, but is competent in a deeper-lying role. The French youth international has featured prominently for each age group, plying his trade with the U19s at the moment. He possesses a strong range of passing, graceful dribbling skills and is quite an athletic figure.

Some reports indicate that Bordeaux may not be so eager to sell off one of its prized assets, however. Goal journalist Robin Bairner has reported that it will take a “crazy offer” for Bordeaux to sell.

Bild speculates that this move would be a buy for the future, claiming it fits into Bayern’s “anti-mega-transfer plan.” Despite Tchouaméni’s undoubted potential, links to Hernandez, Pavard, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, and Frenkie De Jong would seem to take precedent over a raw talent. The Bayern Munich midfield is already a crowded place, but we will see how this situation unfolds in the coming months.