Following the signing of Australian teen sensation, Nestroy Irankunda; Christoph Freund has his sights set on FC Schalke 04’s Assan Ouédraogo.
The latest update from Sky Germany’s, Florian Plettenberg, confirmed initial talks between Bayern and Ouédraogo’s camp.
Excl. News #Ouedraogo: A first meeting with the player's management and FC Bayern took place in the last days! #S04— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) November 20, 2023
➡️ Chr. Freund wants him!
Meeting was positive. Bayern‘s idea now is to establish himself directly in the first team squad without a loan move. Bayern,… pic.twitter.com/FDAwo9B5eg
Another interesting piece of information is that Bayern are among the favourites to sign the 17-year old midfielder, along with RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt.
The last update on Ouédraogo outlined concrete interest from AC Milan, even pegging them as the favourites to land his signature. It seems The Rossoneri are still interested in adding Ouédraogo to their squad in January, however, the Schalke man appears to prefer staying in Germany.
Milan may also be put off a potential January signing after Ouédraogo suffered a syndesmotic ankle sprain in an Under-seventeen World Cup game against New Zealand.
According to Schalke reporter, Andreas Ernst; the injury will put the youngster on the sidelines for a long time.
Bild also piped in on the injury to Ouédraogo, reporting that he may be out for up to 10 weeks.
While extremely unfortunate for Ouédraogo, who has quickly become a key man in the Schalke 04 midfield, this may be advantageous for Bayern and the other German clubs.
These types of injuries can often have adverse effects on young players and can even change the trajectory of their career. It is thus unlikely Milan will take a gamble by bringing in an injured 17-year old midway through the season.
The injury gives Freund more time to monitor Ouédraogo, especially his performances post injury, and make sure he is fit (no pun intended) to don the red and white of Bayern Munich.