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Report: Bayern Munich interested in NEC Nijmegen starlet Anthony Musaba

The youngster could be a good bargain for Bayern to really look at.

Telstar v NEC Nijmegen - Dutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie Photo by Broer van den Boom/Soccrates/Getty Images

Per a new report by German outlet Fussballeck, Bayern Munich is among a list of clubs interested in signing 19-year old starlet Anthony Musaba from NEC Nijmegen, who play in the Eerste Divisie, Holland’s second tier below the Eredivisie. The young winger has attracted interest from Olympique Marseille, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and AS Monaco in addition to Bayern.

In a recent interview on Dutch Fox Sports’s segment called “Voetbalpraatformer player and manager turned pundit, Hans Kraay Jr. revealed that both Bayern and Leipzig were the latest clubs to join the race to sign the young winger. Prior to that, Dortmund were the only German club showing interest. Kraay is someone who believes in making quick decisions with readily available transfers, especially for someone like Musaba, who’s contract with Nijmegen expires next year and could be acquired for around 2.5 million Euros. Kraay also spoke very highly of Musaba’s versatility in attack: “He is one of the few players who can dribble with the right leg and with the left leg. Usually you only dribble with your better foot. He is also fast. He will be gone within ten days.”

At such a low price, Musaba could prove to be a worthwhile investment for Bayern, especially if he follows the path of first spending the majority of his time with Bayern’s reserves in the 3. Liga. Down the line, he could be a versatile asset added to Bayern’s attacking firepower, who still has a high ceiling for potential.

So far this season for Nijmegen, Musaba has scored 9 goals and has provided 5 assists from a total of 26 appearances, the majority of which were as a right winger. This has already been an improvement upon his total of 8 goals and 2 assists from 31 appearances across all competitions during the 2018/2019 campaign. Not for nothing, either, but he was dealing with an ankle problem just before the outbreak of the coronavirus, which kept him sidelined for Nijmegen’s last three matches.

NEC Nijmegen v Utrecht U23 - Dutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie Photo by Broer van den Boom/Soccrates/Getty Images

While Bayern’s transfer plans are focused elsewhere for the next transfer window, the front office and board could decide Musaba is a good investment. For such a low price tag, there’s not as much risk involved and it’s likely that the post-coronavirus transfer market will see a lot of loan deals, so Bayern could always wind up loaning him somewhere if it doesn’t work out as they wanted. Of course, this is speculation at best. The interest of Bayern is now known, but nothing else beyond that, yet.

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