UPDATE [8:06AM EST]
This news is looking more and more real as kicker has also released a report stating the information we know:
- Bayern Munich will bring Tiago Dantas on a one-year loan
- Bayern Munich will have an €8 million option-to-buy Dantas from Benfica
Stay tuned, Brazzo might be landing another one.
UPDATE [7:30AM EST]
The rumored and somewhat controversial late move by Bayern Munich for Benfica’s Tiago Dantas is now picking up steam in the German media. Sport Bild chief Christian Falk “flexed” on the deal as only he can:
The point of contention just about everywhere from the Portuguese media to our comment section has been on whether or not the “€8 million option-to-buy” is, indeed, true as Portuguese reports offered differing information.
Well, if Falk’s commentary on the report is to be believed, Bayern Munich might really have scored something special for a discount rack rate.
Per a report from Portuguese journalist Bruno Andrade (Goal and A Bola) and the tabloid Record, Bayern Munich might have pulled some last minute magic in securing a loan deal for Portuguese phenom Tiago Dantas. The 19-year-old has been favorably compared to former Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Below is the tweet from Andrade:
Última hora: Bayern de Munique fechou o empréstimo do jovem Tiago Dantas, do Benfica. Aos 19 anos, o português é um pedido exclusivo de Hans-Dieter Flick, que enxerga nele um "novo Thiago Alcântara". Pasmém: opção de compra de apenas 8 milhões de euros— Bruno Andrade (@brunoandrd) October 5, 2020
At the last minute: Bayern Munich secured the loan of youngster Tiago Dantas from Benfica. Nineteen years old, the Portuguese was exclusive requested by Hans-Dieter Flick, who sees him as a “new Thiago Alcântara.” Amazingly: purchase option for only 8 million euros.
As stated above (and if true), the young midfielder would head to Bayern Munich on a one-year loan assignment with an option to buy for the cut-rate fee of €8 million.
According to TVI 24, however, Benfica’s official source assured them that there is no purchase clause for the young player and that plans are for his return at the end of the season.
It should be noted that Bayern Munich did not confirm this move prior to the transfer deadline in Germany, which leaves a gray area in how we should view this report. If true, it could be another coup for the Bayern Munich board.
The fact that Flick could finally getting a player that he specifically wanted is a bit of news in its own right, because the treble-winning coach has seen two of his prized transfer targets, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, spurned by the Bayern Munich board.
When additional details become available on this move, we will provide an update.