17-Year-Old Wonderkid Alphonso Davies Joins Bayern Munich, Smashes MLS Record
Alphonso Davies is set to become the most expensive ever player sold in Major League Soccer - and he's just 17-years-old.
Davies will join Bayern Munich from the Vancouver Whitecaps, in a deal reported to be $13 million (£10m/€11m), with clauses that could well see the fee rise even further to a total of $19 million, an astounding amount paid for a teenager who's plying his trade in the MLS.
Davies, who operates as a winger, was in Philadelphia on Tuesday to complete his medical and agree personal terms with the Bundesliga giants.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern CEO, confirmed the signing. He said via publication Goal: "He's already signed but has to pass his medical. We will come to Europe on January 1 when he is 18 and play for Bayern Munich."
Munich manager Niko Kovač said of the incoming teenager: "He's very young, and he's very talented. Lots of clubs want to have him.
"Everything has to work out first. The ink is not dry yet. We don't know exactly what's going to happen. I don't know exactly what will happen, but he's a young player, and young players, when they are as good as him, are very expensive because a lot of clubs are interested in him and I'm sure because a lot of clubs are interested in him the price might go up."
Davies is the complete package. He hugs the touchline and uses his strength and quick feet to force his way up the flank and create chances and goals. It's clear to see why Bayern are keen on bringing him to the Allianz Arena, and why the fee for him is so sky-high.
As a Young Prospect follower...Alphonso Davies is:- Bayern Rebel (@selim_choueiter) July 21, 2018
•Could do better with his crosses and set pieces
•Fighter (He gave up living with his family to stay with people he doesn't knkw for football)
The best young player in the league. One of the best dribblers in North America. Tons of upside. But still, at 17, his development needs to be carefully monitored. Can his speed be harnessed properly? Can he handle not getting regular minutes now?- Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) July 21, 2018
True story, my brother lives near the billet family of Alphonso Davies. A lot of activity around the house. Loads of German cars (not even joking)- Mike Martignago (@MikeMartignago) July 21, 2018
Christian Pulisic and Alphonso Davies, the greatest American footballer ever and the greatest Canadian footballer ever, competing for Bundesliga glory? I'm ready for this.- Zach (@ZCalcio) July 21, 2018
Bayern have many brilliant up and coming teenagers in their ranks but with Davies, it truly feels as though they could have quite a special talent indeed.