Bayern Munich have signed Canadian winger Alphonso Davies from the Vancouver Whitecaps in the most expensive transfer deal in MLS history.
The German champions have acquired the young midfielder for a fee believed to be around $22 million, which is the most ever received by a club from the MLS – according to Eurosport.
The 17-year-old star has appeared 20 times for the Whitecaps this season and contributed three goals in the process. Eurosport also reports that Davies has joined the Bundesliga giants on a five-year deal and will join up with the squad in January following the conclusion of the latest MLS season.
Hasan Salihamidzic – Bayern’s sporting director – expressed his delight over securing the youngster’s services on the club’s official website, as Eurosport also reports, as evidently Bayern believe in his qualities moving forward.
“Alphonso Davies is a very big talent,” said Salihamidzic.
“At the age of 17, he offers a lot of promise for the future. Alphonso already possesses great ability, which is why a lot of top clubs were keen on him. I’m delighted he’s chosen FC Bayern… ”
Davies will join a Bayern Munich side currently dominating the domestic scene in Germany, having won the last six league titles on the bounce.
In turn, while there doesn’t appear to be an absolute necessity for him to make an immediate impact, the Bavarian giants will look to develop his talent in the coming years with a view of potentially being a key figure in their long-term plans with boss Niko Kovac having a wealth of options at his disposal currently.