Update: July 14, 7:45AM EST - Second bid rejected
L’Equipe (via @iMiaSanMia) continues to cover Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Mathys Tel, this time reporting that Bayern submitted an improved second offer which was also rejected by Rennes. The precise amount was not given, though it was previously reported that Bayern’s first offer was for €7 million plus add-ons. Rennes continue to hold firm in their stance that they do not intend to sell Tel, but Bayern are expected to “intensify their efforts” to conclude a deal for the player. —at_sunshine
Update: July 5th, 2:15PM EST — A €20m benchmark
More details emerge from L’Equipe (via @iMiaSanMia): Stade Rennais have deemed Bayern’s initial approach as ‘unserious’ specifically in comparison to the cases of two other Ligue 1 forwards. Pietro Pellegri and William Geubbels cost €25m and €20m, respectively, both signing for AS Monaco, and both just months before their 17th birthdays. While Bayern’s plan for the player is more concrete, their offer to the club will seemingly have to match.
Update: July 4th, 6:15PM EST — Strike one on Tel for Bayern
According to a report from L’Equipe (as captured @iMiaSanMia), Stade Rennais has turned down Bayern Munich’s first bid for Mathys Tel. The proposal was for €7 million plus add-ons. Per the report, Stade Rennais would need to be blown away with a bid to sell the starlet.
Update: July 4th, 2:20PM EST — Bayern reaches agreement on terms with Tel
Per Sky journalist Marc Behrenbeck, Bayern Munich has reach an agreement on personal terms with Stade Rennais youngster Mathys Tel. In addition, Bayern Munich proposed an incentive-laden transfer deal to Stade Rennais, which starts with a €7 million fixed fee and add-ons that could boost the total package to €17 million:
Mathys Tel situation:— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 4, 2022
• Agreement in principle with the player
• Bayern made an offer of €7m fixed plus add-ons that could take the fee up to €17m
• Tel asked Rennes for permission to leave
• Rennes want more money
• Planned for the first team
[@Sky_Marc @Plettigoal] pic.twitter.com/B4wZd8WlbX
Will Stade Rennais accept?
Tel, who frequents playing on the left or through the middle in the attack, is fresh off of winning the U-17 Euros with France, scoring two goals and getting the captain’s armband along the way.
RMC Sport hints that, with Lewandowski leaving, Tel might see a chance at playing time for Bayern Munich’s first team, even though, the likes of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Sadio Mané remain as competition for that center-forward position.
Mathys Tel is incredibly talented and would surely be a boon for Bayern if he were to sign, but the odds of this move happening are very low. News of a potential move for Tel follows Bayern’s attempt to sign another 17-year-old French star in the making, Ayman Kari. The difference between Kari and Tel in this situation is that Kari’s contract with his current employers Paris Saint Germain has already expired, which means Bayern would have been able to sign him for no transfer fee, while Tel still has two years left on his contract.
Inking Tel would require a mammoth transfer fee, which Bayern might not want to pay with more potential business to be done this summer. Besides, Tel already managed to get some first team minutes for Stade Rennais last season. His next season for Rennes is poised to be a true breakout season, so why would he swap that for less playing time with Bayern? Stranger things have happened, but this transfer does seem very unlikely.