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Bild: Bayern have agreed a transfer with Hamburg youth sensation Jann-Fiete Arp

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Arp may be joining Bayern in the summer of 2019... or 2020.

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Is the “will they, won’t they” transfer saga of Jann-Fiete Arp about to pick up steam once again? A new report from Bild+ (paywall) says that a secret deal has been struck between Arp, Bayern Munich, and Hamburg, and that Arp will be joining the Bavarians during the summer. Now, is that summer 2019 or summer 2020?

The report states that a deal was struck between the three parties in secret last summer that would see Bayern pay Hamburg €2.5 million for Arp’s services. With that transfer fee agreed, Hamburg would allow Bayern and Arp to decide whether the 19-year-old would join Bayern in 2019 or 2020. It’s a strange arrangement, but there’s a lot of strange transfer deals these days.

This builds upon reporting from this past summer after the transfer fell through. Then, SportBild was reporting that Arp and Bayern had reached an agreement that would see him join in the summer of 2020. It appears as though those plans may have changed, and Arp could be officially signing with Bayern sooner than that.

It’s likely that Bayern would then loan Arp out to another Bundesliga club (Hoffenheim’s name came up last summer.) as he’s not a finished enough product yet to make a significant impact at Bayern.

One of the reported reasons that Arp wanted to remain at Hamburg last summer was his relationship with then-Hamburg coach Christian Titz. The young forward thought that he could continue to grow under Titz’s tutelage at HSV; however, after a rocky start to the season, Titz was sacked. Now, 37 year old Hannes Wolf has Hamburg in first place in the 2.Bundesliga. Still, without his mentor in Hamburg, Arp sees his future elsewhere.

Where does that leave Bayern in their search for another forward next summer to replace the departed Sandro Wagner?