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FC Augsburg linked to Bayern Munich goalkeeper Christian Früchtl

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Could the young goalkeeper be on the move? Augsburg seems like an unlikely destination despite the apparent need for a permanent starter. 

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Christian Früchtl is highly regarded on the grounds of Säbener Strasse, but the 19-year-old could face some obstacles if there is any intention of leaving to compete for time at another club for the 2019/2020 season.

Sport Bild issued a report connecting FC Augsburg and Früchtl, but it appears very unlikely that Bayern would be willing to let the talented 6-foot-4 goalkeeper walk. Since Bayern allegedly would require a buy-back option on any move for Früchtl, the youngster may be tied to Bayern until his contract expires in June 2020.

How Bayern manages the youth star over the next year is where it gets complicated. Should he hone his skills with Bayern II, or would he benefit more from a loan assignment? Furthermore, Früchtl will be entering the final year of his contract in July. Hence, how Bayern handles this situation could influence the youngster’s decision-making when it comes to determining where he wants to spend the next stage of his career.

Bayern wants to extend Früchtl’s contract, which expires in 2020. However, it’s unclear whether he will get playing experience with the second team (Bayern II), or be loaned out to a different team entirely.

With rumors that Bayern and Sven Ulreich could be looking to part ways, it is also possible that Früchtl could also be promoted to Manuel Neuer’s back-up on a full-time basis. The questions remain, however, as to how much first-team field time Früchtl should get to further his development, and whether he would be able to get that in Munich.