Update (August 25, 5:45pm ET)
Per Bild, Bayern Munich have secured a buy-back clause on Joshua Zirkzee in the range of €20-25m. That’s in addition to a sell-on clause and the right to match bids, as detailed below.
We previously reported that Bologna were ahead of Anderlecht, Stuttgart, and Brügge in vying for the young striker’s signing, and now it seems that they’ve managed to seal the deal. Zirkzee may feel he has unfinished business in Italy, following a relatively unsuccessful loan spell with Parma last year.
Nicht Stuttgart, nicht Anderlecht: Joshua #Zirkzee hat einem Transfer nach Bologna zugestimmt. Die Ablöse liegt bei 8,5 Mio. Euro – Weiterverkaufsklausel (50 %) und Matching Right inklusive. Die Vereine handeln nun die finalen Details aus. Sky berichtete zuerst. #FCBayern @SPORT1— Kerry Hau (@kerry_hau) August 25, 2022
Not Stuttgart, not Anderlecht: Joshua #Zirkzee has agreed to a transfer to Bologna. The transfer fee is EUR 8.5 million – resale clause (50 %) and matching right included. The clubs are now negotiating the final details. Sky reported first.
All said, Zirkzee will move to Bologna for a fee of around €8.5 million. Similar to the Nianzou deal, it’s said that Bayern will also maintain first matching rights as well as a sell-on fee of up to 50%. That may seem like a slightly low fee, given the player’s valuation of €11m (per Transfermarkt), but it may well be that the club was willing to take less money up front to maintain provisions for matching rights and a sell-on percentage.
Bologna are now closing on Joshua Zirzkee deal. Permanent move as releaved earlier today, fee around €8m plus sell-on clause for Bayern. #FCBayern— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 25, 2022
Zirkzee has agreed personal terms with Bologna today - he will be back in Serie A soon. https://t.co/QV7p6fDKx6
The departures of Robert Lewandowski (€45m), Tanguy Nianzou (€16m), Marc Roca (€12m), Chris Richards (€12m), Omar Richards (€8.5m), Lars Lukas Mai (€1.6m), Christian Fruchtl (€500k), and Ron-Thorben Hoffmann (€300k) currently have the club sitting at a combined ~€96m in sales for the summer transfer window. Assuming the deal for Zirkzee does go through at €8.5m, it will push Bayern Munich over €100m in sales in a single transfer window for the first time in club history.