Per a report by Bild, the transfer move of Bayern Munich’s Michaël Cuisance to newly promoted Leeds United is nearing completion. The 21-year-old midfielder will have his medical exam today before joining the ranks of Marcelo Bielsa’s men at Elland Road in the Premier League.
The young Frenchman, whose contract with Bayern runs through 2024, will make a permanent move to England after just one season at the Allianz Arena. With the departure of Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool and a potential departure of Javi Martinez back to Athletic Bilbao, there was plenty of opportunity for Cuisance to continue his development as well as get more game time than last season. This coupled with Bayern’s primary focus on developing talented players rather than buying finished superstars makes this transfer surprising.
From Cuisance’s perspective, the incentive of higher playing time at Leeds and under Bielsa looks to have played a big role in this move. On the other hand, there were some doubts about whether Cuisance’s alleged “difficult character” could have integrated into the Bayern team on a permanent basis.
The only silver lining for the Bavarians other than the potential €10 million profit, is the presence of a buyback clause should the club want to bring the Frenchman back to Munich in the future.