Separate reports concerning a trio of touted Bayern prospects link Marco Friedl, Woo-yeong Jeong, and Meritan Shabani
Friedl permanently to Bremen?
As intimated last month, Bayern Munich loanee and Werder Bremen outside-back Marco Friedl could be in line for a permanent move to Die Werderaner. Per kicker:
Werder Bremen wants defender Marco Friedl, who had come on loan from last winter (until summer 2019) from Bayern Munich, to stay long-term. The clubs negotiated a possible transfer fee - but the offer of from Werderaner is still too low.
Friedl’s loan spell with Werder Bremen has not exactly yielded much game time for the youngster, but he is working with the first team on a daily basis, which may not have been possible in Munich. This season, Friedl has only played for 227 minutes in four games across all competitions.
FuPa.net captured comments from Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt and sporting director Frank Baumann, which indicate that Friedl could be in the long-term plans for Die Werderaner. Kohfeldt said:
I would like to continue working with him.
Baumann had this to say on the 20-year-old Austrian:
He is great talent, he can be used flexibly.
Also per FuPa.net, Freidl’s contract with Bayern runs through the 2021 season, so there will surely be some negotiating on a potential sale if both parties agree on a move. There is also allegedly talk of an extension on the loan agreement:
The contract of the Austrian at FC Bayern runs until the summer of 2021. Munich could therefore ripen its diamond in the rough for another year at SV Werder to get Bundesliga experience. If Bayern extends the loan, it could then later decide whether it will trust (Friedl) for a role in their star ensemble or still decide on a sale in June 2020.
Mainz and Ajax after Jeong and Shabani
Per the Münchner Merkur, the summer could also feature exits for highly-touted prospects Woo-Yeong Jeong and Mertian Shabani. Mainz is said to be heavily interested in the 19-year-old Jeong:
Wooyeong Jeong, who was in action in the Champions League in Lisbon in November and in a 5-1 victory in Mönchengladbach last Saturday, is on the wish list of FSV Mainz 05. “He has all the facilities that are necessary to play in the future in the Bundesliga,” says (FC Bayern Campus Manager Jochen) Sauer about the South Korean. According to transfermarkt, the 19-year-old already has a market value of 700,000 euros and is under contract to Säbener Straße until 2022.
Meanwhile, with Frenkie de Jong on his way to FC Barcelona after the season, Ajax is keeping a close eye on the 19-year-old Meritan Shabani:
Shabani was heavily courted by Ajax Amsterdam in the winter. For years, the Champions League quarterfinalist has consistently relied on young, viable players who can then be resold later. Shabani fits this pattern.
Maybe the two clubs will come together in the summer, although Ajax is unlikely to enjoy the required buy-back option. (Ajax coach Eric ten Hag) enjoys a high reputation at Säbener Straße and could, thanks to his contacts, contribute to a sensible agreement.