According to a Italian newspaper Il Mattino (via Calciomercato), Bayern Munich have set their sights on 18-year-old Chievo Verona winger Emanuel Vignato. The youngster, who has just over 600 minutes of top flight experience in Serie A, is apparently coveted by both Juventus and Napoli.
If this report makes no sense to you, you’re not alone. In a season where Bayern are desperate for replacements to Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, it doesn’t make much sense to set you sights on an unknown youngster who made sparing appearances for the worst team in Serie A. Of course, if Juve and Napoli are indeed interested, then maybe there’s something in the kid that the stats sheet doesn’t show.
One may want to draw comparisons to Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi — but Hudson-Odoi had already proved himself in the Europa League before Bayern registered their interest. Of course, there’s a chance that Vignato may be an unknown gem uncovered by the Bayern scouting team, but it’s not like us to look for talent in Italy.
Given the questionable nature of the source, it’s possible that Bayern Munich were just inserted into the report to give it some legs. It would be strange to start the window talking about signing Leroy Sané, only to finish it with an 18-year-kid from Chievo Verona.
With the signing of Lucas Hernandez, Bayern Munich sent the signal that they want to be ambitious this summer. This move would be the opposite of ambitious. Hopefully, the bosses are still focused on prying Sané away from Manchester City, and this rumor about Vignato is relegated to the annals of silly season, never to be seen again.