Bayern Munich’s investment in Jann-Fiete Arp was not expected to yield immediate dividends in Bavaria for at least a little while. Many speculated that the 19-year-old Germany youth international would be shipped out on a loan in hopes of getting first team minutes at another club.
That line of thinking, however, might be outdated according to a report by the Hamburger Abendblatt. Arp’s agent, Jürgen Milewski, has gone on record to state that Arp agreed to a transfer from Hamburger SV to play for Bayern and not be sent elsewhere to gain more seasoning:
Fiete will transfer to Bayern and play there; there was never another announcement.
The report goes on to outline that Arp won’t take the path that Serge Gnabry took when he was loaned to Hoffenheim.
Unlike Serge Gnabry, for example, Arp will not initially be loaned out to another club, but rather will take off directly with the double-winner.
Part of the reason why Arp might not be taking a loan is the promotion of Bayern II. On Sunday, the Bayern II squad earned the right to play in 3.Liga by virtue of outlasting Wolfsburg II 5-4 on aggregate.
And if not: thanks to the promotion of the second team, Arp could at least gain playing experience in the 3rd league.
Originally, Arp and Bayern were going to work together to determine whether Arp would move to Munich this summer or in 2020. Just over a week ago, however, Arp announced that he was definitely make the move in July.
With Bayern in the International Champions Cup competition, Arp should get a chance to feature against Arsenal, Real Madrid, and AC Milan as Niko Kovac will certainly not want to rely on Robert Lewandowski too heavily during the exhibition matches. Perhaps the youngster will open up enough eyes to stay on the first team as a reserve, but if not, the likelihood is that Arp will play with for Bayern II next season.
Given the promotion of Bayern II, Arp’s immediate future might have, indeed, taken a turn over the past few days. Still, if a quality Bundesliga team with good coaching is willing to take on the youngster, Bayern might be inclined to change its course once again.
Arp is the type of player who might benefit from competing against some of the world’s best players in training and then dropping to Bayern II for game play. Kovac will have to get a quick read on where Arp is at with his development and what type of environment will help him progress most effectively.
No rest for the weary, eh Niko?