Per a new report from kicker, Bayern Munich’s reserve team is interested in bringing back 20-year old Woo-Yeong Jong from SC Freiburg. The South Korean striker joined Freiburg last summer on Bayern’s reserve team and spent most of his time playing for Freiburg’s reserves in the 3. Liga before getting loaned back to Bayern in January, helping them secure the 3. Liga title.
Now that he’s back with Freiburg, Bayern are interested in bringing him back, but there is some competition. 2. Bundesliga side SV Sandhausen is also keen on acquiring Jeong’s services for next season. They would like to bring him in on a loan deal so that he can become a regular starter at a 2. Bundesliga club. Sandhausen would, however, face a potential road block from Bayern in the race to sign him. When Bayern sold Jeong to Freiburg, there was an agreement attached to the deal that said Bayern would have premium access rights as soon as he was for sale once again. Essentially, Bayern has first access to Jeong if and when he’s up for sale with that right in the initial deal.
Freiburg sporting director Klemens Hartenbach is hopeful that Bayern and Sandhausen can work out an agreement between the two of them. From Hartenbach’s and Freiburg’s perspective, they feel loaning him out to Sandhausen would be the most beneficial option for all parties involved because Jeong would be a regular feature in the 2. Liga. Hartenbach said. “If Woo-Yeong [in] 2021 is a second division regular, Freiburg and FC Bayern will benefit in the second step.”
Hartenbach makes a valid point, especially since Bayern are mainly interested in Jeong’s continued development. He’d be better off getting experience as a starter in the 2. Liga instead of the 3. Liga - it’s a logical next step. Freiburg, though, could also be using this as a selling tactic because they’ve just had a plethora of players from their first and second teams loaned out to other clubs throughout the German leagues. Hopefully an agreement is reached between all clubs and Jeong is able to go where it’s best for him at this juncture.