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Justin Che called up to USMNT; in talks with Bayern Munich on permanent stay

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If this transfer goes through, he’ll become the second FC Dallas defender to join Bayern.

Bayern München II v Hansa Rostock - 3. Liga Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

Per a report by The Athletic (via Big D Soccer) Bayern Munich are trying to sign American youngster Justin Che on a permanent deal from FC Dallas. The 17-year-old has been playing with the reserve team in the 3. Liga since last winter, and has sufficiently impressed the Bayern brass to earn a permanent move.

Per the report, Dallas are looking for a $3-4 million fee as well as a sell-on clause to be included in Che’s contract. This would make him more expensive than his compatriot Chris Richards, who was similarly an FC Dallas loanee that made the permanent switch to Bayern for $1.5m a few years ago. Richards has since made the leap to the big leagues, playing half-a-season on loan at Hoffenheim.

Bayern seem to be serious in recruiting from North America these days, and Che’s performances in the second team have been promising thus far. If this transfer goes through, it would be another example of the club making a smart investment in youth when money is tight.

In addition, Che was called up to the USMNT for its upcoming camp and friendly against Switzerland. Per USSoccer.com:

“With Justin, he’s a kid who is on loan at Bayern Munich has done a great job in their youth team and in their second team, and he has earned the opportunity to get called into camp. It’s going to be fun observing him and integrating him into what we do.”