According to a report from Bild, Bayern Munich has determined that Fiete Arp’s contract is too rich to have him playing in the fourth division (aka Regionalliga) and there is an interested club willing to talk about a move.
The report from Bild, however, does not say exactly what club would like to bring in Arp — or whether that move would be a loan or a sale. The once highly-touted striker is at the crossroads of his young career after an injury-plagued 2019/2020 and a bout with confidence and poor form in 2020/2021:
Fiete Arp’s (21) contract in Munich runs until 2024 — but Bayern will call it quits in the summer. According to BILD, there is said to be a buyer for the once highly praised HSV talent. Arp’s advisor Jürgen Milewski (63) is currently making intensive efforts to secure the future of his protégé.
After the relegation of Bayern’s youngsters to the Regionalliga, it quickly became clear in talks between the club and the player that a new sporting environment would have to be found for Arp. For the attacker himself, the 4th league is not supposed to be an option. However, a return to the 1st team is ruled out at the moment after the poor performance with the reserves (five goals in 30 appearances).
As always with Arp, what happens with him is largely going to be determined by his hefty salary. If Bayern Munich can sell Arp, the wages are no longer a problem the club has to account for — though, it is expected that the player would have to take a pay cut no matter where he goes. If the Bavarians opt to hang on to Arp and send him away for a loan, the club will have to eat a lot of his salary.
Hannover 96 was previously linked to the striker, but no recent reports have emerged to solidify that interest.
Arp’s tale is a bit of a tragic one when looking at young players. Whether it was a case of “too much, too soon” or the struggle with coping with so many injuries (and an illness as well) during a key juncture of his career, Arp’s career derailed over the past two seasons.
The promise Arp showed in his first few appearances under Bayern Munich has not yet materialized, but still resides somewhere in the player. Now it is just a matter of whether or not he can unlock it once more and put his career back on the right track.