As the Bayern Munich season came to a close, Hansi Flick used the opportunity to give many Bayern II players their senior team debut. Among those players is a high-profile talent that Bayern fans have been waiting to see blossom for years. Now, Oliver Batista Meier is attracting interest from other Bundesliga clubs.
According to a report from Kicker, Hoffenheim is interested in the winger and may make a move for him this summer. For Bayern, however, a straight transfer is almost certainly out of the question. If Bayern allow Batista Meier to leave this summer, it will almost certainly be on loan or, at worst, a sale with a buy-back clause.
Bayern signed Batista Meier from Kaiserslautern at the age of 15 for €500,000, which was, at the time, a very big expenditure for a 15-year-old prospect. The club still has high hopes in his development, and he has continued to show the ability expected of him.
Batista Meier, who turned 19 back in February, spent the 2019/20 campaign split between Bayern U-19, Bayern II, and the first team.
Bayern: 1 appearance (11 unused sub) for 12 minutes
Bayern II: 18 appearances (7 unused sub) for 1008 minutes, 4 goals
Bayern U-19: 11 appearances for 920 minutes, 12 goals
Bayern is in a tough spot with several of the youngsters on Bayern II. Many of them seem ready to take the next step in their development that a loan to a 2.Bundesliga or lower Bundesliga side would provide. Carefully selected loans, as seen with Adrian Fein, can give a player the opportunity to grow into his game at a higher level.