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Bayern Munich cash in on Tanguy Nianzou; French youth international sold for €20m

The 20-year-old center-back and PSG youth academy product was in Bavaria for two seasons after a free transfer in the summer of 2020, but failed to make a real impact at the Allianz Arena


Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have cashed in on French youth international center-back Tanguy Nianzou, bringing an end to his two-year stint in Bavaria.

Confirmation of the completed deal between Bayern and La Liga outfit Sevilla was given by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano earlier this afternoon, with the Rekordmeister set to receive €20m for the 20-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain academy product.

The sale stands as a tidy profit for Bayern, who secured Nianzou on a free transfer in the summer of 2020 after the Paris native was allowed to walk out of his boyhood club as an 18-year-old, with Bayern also adding in a buy-back option into their negotiations with Sevilla, speaking to the notion that the club still feel he has the potential to develop into a player they would like to see back at the Allianz Arena in the future.

Nianzou will be on a five-year deal with the Andalusian side, with considerably match time looking likely to come his way after the departures of Diego Carlos and Jules Koundé to Aston Villa and Barcelona respectively, with Los Nervionenses boasting just two natural center-backs - Marcão, and Karim Rekik -before the completed deal.

Development will be the order of the day for Nianzou in Seville at a club that has a historic track record of young players progressing smartly under their guidance, with the aforementioned Koundé arriving at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán at the same age (20) before spending three highly successful seasons in southern Spain.

As for Bayern, Julian Nagelsmann’s outfit now remain short-staffed in the heart of the defense with Nianzou’s departure, after German international Niklas Süle swapped Bavaria for the Ruhr valley when he joined rivals Borussia Dortmund earlier in the window.

With summer signing Matthijs de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano, and Lucas Hernandez the only three center-backs listed in the senior setup, Nagelsmann could turn to Benjamin Pavard - who has ample experience as a center-back during his time with VfB Stuttgart - to fill out the numbers after Bayern signed Moroccan international right-back Noussair Mazraoui earlier in the window

Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.


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