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Report: Joshua Zirkzee will return to Bayern Munich

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The young Dutchman has had an injury-plagued loan stint in Italy.

Parma Calcio v Genoa CFC - Serie A Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

With Parma Calcio 1913 officially relegated in Serie A, the chances of the Italian side exercising its purchasing option on Bayern Munich loanee Joshua Zirkzee are considered extremely unlikely per kicker:

Because he hardly got a chance with the first team in Munich, FC Bayern had loaned Joshua Zirkzee to Parma in Serie A at the last possible moment of the January transfer window. According to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, he was supposed to “make a contribution there so that they don’t get relegated.”

Four months later, Parma, already in second-last place at the time, has been relegated and is therefore not in a position to exercise its purchase option of 15 million euros for Zirkzee.

Even if Parma would have somehow avoided relegation, it was uncertain if the Italian side would have been able to afford Zirkzee at that price anyway. Zirkzee got off to a slow start for Parma and then suffered an injury which has limited him to just four appearances.

It is assumed that Zirkzee will come back and compete to be a deep reserve on the first-team or to play with Bayern Munich II should he stay on Säbener Straße. It seems more likely, however, that Bayern Munich might seek to sell the Dutchman at a reduced rate or find another loan destination.