According to a report by RMC Sport, Bayern Munich made an initial offer for Olympique Lyon youth right back Pierre Kalulu, which has been rejected by the player’s family. The Germans are apparently the third major club to show interest in the 19-year-old, after both Sevilla and AC Milan made offers earlier in the year. Bayern may still come back with a second offer.
According to the report, Kalulu’s contract expires this summer, after which he becomes a free agent. Lyon sporting director Juninho rates the young right back and has attempted to extend his contract, so far without any luck. A loan to Ligue 2 side Clermont was in the works, but negotiations with the player’s family broke down. Meanwhile, rival clubs have stepped up their bids for the player’s services.
In Bayern’s case, the initial offer was deemed insufficient as the Bavarians wanted to integrate Kalulu with the reserve team first before allowing him to join the senior team. This would have been similar to the path Alphonso Davies ended up taking at the club — using the reserve team to get familiar with the playstyle in Germany, and then making the jump in a year or so. However, the notion of spending time in the reserve team was a deal-breaker for the player’s family. Bayern might now have to consider making a second offer.
The report by RMC Sport does seem plausible, given that Bayern Munich are said to be looking for a new right back this summer. With the transfer of Ajax’s Sergino Dest put on hold due to the coronavirus, it makes sense for the club to pursue alternatives. Could Pierre Kalulu be that alternative? We can’t say, but it does reaffirm the club’s determination to sign a right back in the summer window, whenever that ends up happening.