New update on the Joshua Zirkzee saga: According to Sky Sports’ Max Bielefeld, Bayern Munich and Everton are negotiating a loan with an obligation to buy for 10m euros. Apparently, the Merseysiders find this deal a little hard to do financially, but for Bayern it would represent a transfer coup. The club could reinvest the proceeds into a midfield and defensive reinforcements next summer.
Here’s the tweet in question:
Sky sources: Talks between @Everton and @FCBayern ongoing for a transfer of Joshua Zirkzee. Loan with obligation to buy (10m€+) is being discussed. Financially not an easy transaction for Everton though #TransferUpdate pic.twitter.com/NL1wtOktSW— Max Bielefeld (@Sky_MaxB) January 18, 2021
Everton reportedly see Zirkzee as a backup option for striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The Dutchman showed signs of promise as a backup to Robert Lewandowski last season, but has since dropped down the pecking order with the arrival of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. A transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt was rumored this January, but they ended up getting Luka Jovic back instead, which is looking like a much better deal for the Eagles.
Moving to the EPL at this stage seems like a strange career choice for Zirkzee, but if Everton do have any intention of using him, it could pay off. The youngster has the natural height to be a deadly aerial threat in the box — all he needs is to develop his physicality. His positioning and nose for goal are also pretty decent, but he needs to work on his work rate and linkup play. While a move to a smaller league like the 2.Bundesliga or the Eredivise might be more suited to his level, a new environment in the Premier League might might motivate him to work harder to develop himself.
In any case, we hope Brazzo gets a deal done for Zirkzee this summer. The player needs minutes, and Bayern could really use the money from a sale. It’s always a shame to see an academy player leave the club, but in this case a departure seems like it would be best for all the parties involved.