FOREIGN TIT BITS 

It’s confirmed; Bayern by 2020 is signing the forward who rejected Chelsea 


The forward, Jann-Fiete Arp has scored three goals in 32 appearances for Hamburg’s first team but his performances for the club’s youth levels, where he has netted 49 goals in 57 games, has seen him become one of the most sought-after talents in European football. Last season, the 19-year-old became the first 2000-born player to make a Bundesliga appearance when he featured in an evening game against Freiburg.

Meanwhile, it would appear that Bayern is now beginning to plan for their future without Robert Lewandowski, who turns 31 later this year and was linked with a move away from the club last summer.

A post on Bayern’s official English Twitter account read: “Fiete Arp is set to join FC Bayern from HSV by 2020 at the latest!” Given the disparity between the international tournament successes of the two countries, it is somewhat unusual to find a German player looking to an England international for inspiration, but that is precisely what Arp has done.

Furthermore, English clubs have reportedly been keeping a keen eye on the forward, with Arsenal and Chelsea said to be keen on securing Arp’s signature. In the end, it was Chelsea who made a move for the German, but Arp decided that staying in his own country would the best option at his age. “It would have made no sense as a 17-year-old to go to Chelsea,” he told Bild in August.

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