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Report: Bayern ramping up interest in Olympique Lyon’s Melvin Bard

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It appears that Bard is now keen on coming to Munich.

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Per a new report from German broadcaster Sky Sport, Olympique Lyon’s Melvin Bard has reached agreement with Bayern Munich. L’Equipe in France initially reported Bayern’s interest in the 19-year-old left-back earlier this week.

Bard has enjoyed an impressive campaign with Lyon’s U-19s in UEFA’s Youth League, earning two call-ups to Lyon’s senior squad in Ligue 1 back in December. He was also an unused sub for Lyon’s Coupe de la Ligue loss against Toulouse in December.

Sky Sport states that Bard has an agreement to come to Bayern’s reserves, but both clubs still have to agree on a transfer. Bard’s contract with Lyon runs through 2022 and he would likely cost Bayern only a few million euros.

From Bayern’s perspective, getting Bard at a decent price would be a win-win situation. He could integrate with Bayern’s reserves and potentially be molded into a player that could break into the senior squad at some point, like Joshua Zirkzee or Alphonso Davies. Even if that doesn’t happen, Bard could still attract interest from other Bundesliga clubs where he might get decent minutes with a first team, or perhaps even Ligue teams if he decided to go back to France. Either way, if Bayern sign Bard and he performs well, they have options to promote him or sell him at a profit. This is a business model that’s worked well for Bayern recently.