Update: August 16th, 3:50PM EST — Anderlecht wants Zirkzee, too
Sport Bild’s Christian Falk is reporting that Anderlecht has notified Bayern Munich that the club has interest in Joshua Zirkzee. The Dutchman, of course, spent last season on loan with the Belgian side:
Zirkzee, who is currently in no man’s land on the Rekordmeister’s roster, reportedly wants a move away from Bayern Munich so he can play more, but the rumored €15 million to €20 million asking price might be too rich for the blood of Die Fuggerstädter:
FC Augsburg have enquired to Bayern about Joshua Zirkzee. However, FCA are aware of the competition from Stuttgart and Premier League clubs as well as Bayern’s €15-20m asking price. Move to Augsburg is unlikely as of now.
The interest from FC Augsburg is certainly curious. Just last season, the club made a very expensive — and questionable — purchase of USMNT hopeful Ricardo Pepi. The 19-year-old has no goals or assists in three appearances this season, while also not registering a goal or an assist in 11 games during the 2021/22 campaign.
Clearly, the club is not overly happy with Pepi’s lack of production after acquiring him from FC Dallas for €16.3 million (per Transfermarkt). That alone makes the rumored interest in Zirkzee very believable.
Fulham, Southampton, and VfB Stuttgart are among the clubs also rumored to have interest in Zirkzee.