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Eberl: "Sinan Kurt as significant as Pierre-Emile Højbjerg"

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The 17-year-old reportedly wants a move to Bayern, but Mönchengladbach is going to play hardball nonetheless

Oliver Hardt

A Sinan Kurt transfer to Bayern Munich seems to be there, the Westdeutsche Zeitung reporting that he wants to force a move "with all of his might."

The actual acquisition of him will not be as easy as the appealing process. Max Eberl, Borussia Monchengladbach's sporting director, wants to squeeze as much out a Kurt transfer fee as he can, for he believes that the 17-year-old is a significant piece of their club already.

"Sinan is as significant to us as Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is to FC Bayern, and if [FC Bayern] wants to properly transfer a lot of money for him, then we need to clearly position ourselves. If I sell Sinan under value, then eventually the next will come and everything will become a bottomless barrel. Sinan has a price and now it is Bayern's move."

Bayern's approach for Kurt has a lot of controversy surrounding it. Eberl alleged that Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer and Kurt began contract talks while Eberl and Sammer were discussing a loan move for Alessandro Schöpf. The loan agreement eventually fell through reportedly because of the Kurt approach.

"It's just bad manners to contact an underage player with out a release clause without informing the club," Eberl told Bild in May.

Kurt scored 16 goals in 25 appearances with Mönchengladbach's U-19 team, playing as a center forward and as a left winger. He has also scored four goals in seven appearances for the Germany U18 squad, who former Bayern player Christian Ziege currently coaches, and the club will promote him to the reserve team should he chose to stay.

Should Bayern complete this Kurt transfer, he would likely come on a professional contract, much like Mitchell Weiser's transfer from 1. FC Köln. With VfB Stuttgart's manager Armin Veh shooing clubs away from Timo Werner with a broom stick, Kurt could be the next start that Bayern develops themselves.