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Report: Jann-Fiete Arp might have to prove himself to avoid a loan assignment

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The young German will be given a chance to prove that he is “Bayern quality” over the summer.

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Per a report from kicker, Hamburger SV striker Jann-Fiete Arp will have a high-pressure summer ahead of him.

Bayern Munich, which announced it had signed a transfer agreement for Arp in February, will give the 19-year-old a chance to audition this summer. If he impresses the Bayern brass, he will get a chance to stick around. If he does not, however, he could be subject to a loan.

2019 or 2020? Officially, it’s still undecided when Fiete Arp (19) will transfer to FC Bayern. According to kicker’s information, the (for now) HSV striker supposedly will try to impress in Munich during the preparatory phase for the 2019/2020 season. If it doesn’t work out, he’ll go on loan. The clubs announced Arp’s transfer already in February.

The transfer agreement between Bayern and Hamburger SV left the option open for Arp to make his move in the summer of 2019 or 2020, but it appears that Arp will undoubtedly leave Der Dino in July. Unfortunately for Arp, that might not necessarily mean that he is playing with Bayern for the 2019/2020 season.


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The takeaway from this report — if accurate — is that Arp is officially headed to Munich this summer. The move, however, could just be temporary if the talented Germany youth international fails to prove himself to the Bayern leadership.

Should things work out for Arp, he would be considered a depth option behind Robert Lewandowski and potentially Thomas Muller (at least when Muller acts as a second striker). Arp also has the capability to play left wing, which could also prove to be valuable to Niko Kovac, who loves tactically versatile players.

If Arp cannot establish himself this summer, however, the youngster would be looking at a loan assignment, which could be a bad sign considering how other Bayern players like Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg), Marco Friedl (Werder Bremen), and Adrian Fein (SSV Jahn Regensburg) have fared on their respective ventures.

Another factor in whether or not Arp takes the pitch at the Allianz Arena next season could be Bayern’s ongoing pursuit of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner. With Werner able to fill the same roles as Arp in floating between wing and striker, Arp could become a bit redundant before he even gets started with Bayern.

For Arp’s sake, here’s to hoping it’s not a cruel summer on Säbener Strasse.