Well, that came out of absolutely nowhere. Earlier today, reporter Marcos Benito announced that Bayern Munich has signed Granada’s speedy winger Bryan Zaragoza by triggering his release clause. The trustworthiness of the source seemed sketchy at best, but Florian Plettenberg and Fabrizio Romano also jumped on the “Zaragoza to Bayern” train, quickly adding all the credibility one would need.
Further details emerged from Marca, as captured by @iMiaSanMia, as it seems that Zaragoza will stay at relegation-threatened Granada until the end of the season on a loan basis. The fee paid for him seems to stand at 15 million euros, a little over his 14 million release clause as Bayern wanted to ensure his signature quickly. This signing does seem to have new sporting director Christoph Freund’s fingerprints all over it.
For those who want to know a bit about the player Zaragoza, the 5’5 winger is a versatile attacker who can play on both sides and through the middle, though he prefers the left. Zaragoza is a great dribbler, is quick and has end product, as demonstrated by the 22-year-old’s seven goal contributions in 14 games for a team placed 19th in La Liga at the time of writing.
The question now is where the Spaniard fits in at Bayern, considering the wealth of options at disposal for Bayern in attack. Is Serge Gnabry’s future in danger? Is Thomas Müller finished at Bayern (no, because Zaragoza and Müller are completely different player types and would be a terrible replacement)? Still, it will be nice to see a little Spanish flair again at Bayern after a few years of missing it.