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RC Lens steps over competitors in battle for Bayern Munich’s Michaël Cuisance

The race by French clubs to land Bayern Munich’s Michaël Cuisance on a loan is heating up as the youngster continues to impress.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

If clubs were interested in acquiring Bayern Munich midfielder Mickaël Cuisance on a loan for next season before his fantastic goal in the Bundesliga finale last Saturday, the interest is certainly spiking now that there is even more visual evidence of the youngster’s skill and creativity put on film.

Previous reports indicated that French clubs FC Metz, Olympique Marseille, and Girondins Bordeaux were all very interested in adding Cuisance as a loanee for next season, but according to Fussball Transfers, RC Lens is now also throwing its hat in the ring for the 20-year-old.

Cuisance, who has taken full advantage of Hansi Flick’s willingness to put young players on the pitch, had flashed his silky skills in previous games, but his fantastic goal in the 37th minute against Wolfsburg showed the exact kind of talent that many clubs are desperately seeking.

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The more Cuisance plays, the longer the list of suitors will be for the young playmaker. Cuisance, who has affectionately earned the nickname “The Stepover King” in some circles (okay, the BFW social media family of accounts) due to his proclivity to break out his flashy footwork, has the attacking mindset and courage to take on defenders that leaves many fans — and clubs — wanting to see more.

VfL Wolfsburg v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga
Michaël Cuisance has clearly impressed many clubs with his recent performances.
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Whether Bayern Munich fans get to see that skill at the Allianz Arena next season is a separate question. Any potential move for Cuisance will likely depend on what happens with Thiago Alcantara, Corentin Tolisso, and Javi Martinez (Philippe Coutinho is almost assuredly hitting the road when competitions for the 2019/2020 season officially ends). Thiago, Tolisso, and Martinez all represent potential roadblocks in the central midfield for Cuisance, but Bayern Munich is unlikely to pull the trigger on moving Cuisance until the club knows what will happen with the three aforementioned veterans.

In addition, defensive-minded midfielder Adrian Fein is on his way back from a loan stint at Hamburger SV, newly-minted Tanguy Kouassi Nianzou can play as a defensive midfielder or center-back, and Bayern Munich II standout Sarpreet Singh could all be considered to be in the mix for playing time next season.

Clearly, aside of current starters Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, and Leon Goretzka, Bayern Munich’s competition for roster spots at the 6, 8, and 10 positions could go in a variety of different directions depending on the outcome of important personnel decisions that will be made in the coming weeks.

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