Bayern Munich signing attacking prospects on loan from La Liga has become a new type of norm in recent seasons. First, there was the high profile 2-year-loan deal of James Rodriguez. Bayern had, after paying an initial €13 million as a loan fee for the two season-long loans, the option to buy the Colombian for another €42 million. James never settled in Munich and on 5 June 2019, it was announced that Bayern would not pick up the buy option.
After James came the ‘last-minute’ deal signing Philippe Coutinho. The chance of Die Roten permanently signing the Brazilian was low directly from the start due to the high reported buy option. Nevertheless, Coutinho struggled to show consistent form at Bayern and will play his last games for Bayern in the Champions League now in August.
According to Madrid-based sports newspaper Diario AS, Bayern has called Real Madrid in order to express their interest in loaning 19-year-old Takefusa Kubo. 19-year-old Kubo, who has this season been on loan at Mallorca, is currently deciding his future with Madrid. Contracted with Los Blancos until 2024, it is very likely the Japanese international will find himself loaned out for another season.
While both Kubo and Madrid want the talent to remain in Spain, Bayern has nevertheless called Madrid and apparently are ready to offer more than other interested La Liga sides.
For a young foreign talent, Bayern could be a more attractive destination than the likes of Villarreal, Celta, Granada, and Osasuna. Although, it is reported that Kubo himself wants to get consistent playing time and doesn’t see that happening in Munich.
Villareal remains the favorite to loan the seven-time capped Japanese international though Bayern could still remain in the race. Weirder things have happened during Silly Season.