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De Telegraaf is reporting that Bayern Munich are scouting Anwar El Ghazi, Ajax's 20-year-old right-sided winger.

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With the injury history flying around Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, it was likely only a matter of time before Bayern Munich ended up looking at depth options behind them, along with their eventual successors. A report from Dutch news source, De Telegraaf, today has stated that Bayern Munich, along with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, are currently scouting the Ajax senior team member Anwar El Ghazi. Reportedly, the clubs will be in the France at the end of this month with El Ghazi set to appear in the annual Toulon Tournament, an invitational-only international U20 tournament held every summer.

The Ajax star is a right-sided winger/attacking midfielder with a large body of work attached to the fact that he's just 20 years old. He's made 41 senior team appearances this season across four competitions, logging 10 goals and 9 assists across nearly 2800 minutes for a side that finished second to PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivise.

Why it makes sense

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Here is a listing of Bayern Munich's wingers under contract for next season not named Franck Ribery or Arjen:

Sinan Kurt.

Mitchell Weiser is currently out of contract and his status is uncertain. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are both over the age of 30 and have both struggled with injuries over the last two seasons. Sinan Kurt is 18-years-old and has one senior team appearance (and not even a particularly inspiring one either) to his name. The Bayern Munich depth behind their star winger duo is basically non-existent. Bringing in a young star like El Ghazi would certainly fit the ticket of building for the future while simultaneously addressing depth at the present.

Why it doesn't make sense

While Anwar El Ghazi is certainly an extremely exciting signing, it's worth wondering if he's ready for Bayern Munich. He's receiving regular first team minutes at a Champions League club with one of the most internationally respected programs of youth development. Jumping ship after a single season to be a bench signing for Bayern Munich doesn't come with much besides the prestige and wages. And after a single season at Ajax, waiting one more year might be one of the best decisions he could make for his long term future.