Update: July 14, 6:45AM EST: Malik Tillman linked with an EPL move
Bayern Munich’s transfer-guru of Summer 2022 Florian Plettenberg reports that Malik Tillman has also attracted the interest of an unspecified number of English clubs and could potentially be headed on a one-year loan to the English Premier League, where “clubs are in a good position” to land the young striker.
Further, ESPN’s Derek Rae has corroborated prior reports linking Tillman with a move to Rangers FC, though noting that he’s only heard of that interest from sources in Scotland - nothing new coming out of Germany on the matter. While the club would be willing to loan out the youngster as he doesn’t look set to challenge for first-team football at the moment, it seems that at the moment resolving the Robert Lewandowski and Matthijs de Ligt transfer sagas takes top priority.
According to a report from the, uh, Daily Mail, Rangers FC is looking to sign Bayern Munich’s Malik Tillman on a permanent transfer, which would make him their fourth signing of the summer. The article doesn’t elaborate much on that potential move, but it would make sense to a certain extent.
Malik Tillman, who has a contract until 2024, needs game time at a more consistent basis than what Bayern can currently offer and at a higher level than what Bayern II can offer. He has spent the last two years as part of Bayern, but that wasn’t initially the plan. An anterior cruciate ligament injury made him miss nearly the entire 2020/21 season and scuppered any chances he had a loan move in the 2021 summer transfer window, forcing him to remain at Bayern II.
All this is to say that Malik Tillman needs minutes in a good league and the Scottish league might be the answer, especially since Tillman will be looking to break into the US men’s national team for the 2022 world cup. However, considering the source and the lack of information the article gives on the possible move, this rumor is likely one to be disregarded.