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Official: Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirkzee moves to Parma on loan

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In a move that was expected, Bayern Munich prospect Joshua Zirkzee will head to Parma for a chance at more playing time.

EURO U21 2021 qualifier”The Netherlands U21 v Gibraltar U21” Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images

Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee will leave Germany for a six-month loan assignment in Italy with Parma.

Parma indicated there is an “option-to-buy”, but there was no specific cost listed. It is expected that that the specific “purchase cost” at the end of the loan agreement between the clubs could be worth €15 million:

Zirkzee burst on to the scene for Bayern Munich in the 2019/2020 campaign after scoring goals in consecutive matches against SC Freiburg and VfL Wolfsburg in December of 2019. From there, however, the Dutch youngster’s form was inconsistent.

Unable to convince the Bayern Munich front office that he could be a reliable back-up to Robert Lewandowski, sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic brought in Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting at the summer transfer window deadline.

That move further buried Zirkzee on the depth chart and the 19-year-old has been unable to prove his mettle for the senior-team or with Bayern Munich II in 3. Liga. Zirkzee should benefit from this loan immensely. There would have been little-to-no playing time available had he remained with Bayern Munich.