Though neither club has officially confirmed it yet, Bayern striker Joshua Zirzkee has confided to Germany's "SportBild" that his loan to Parma is a done deal.
|Joshua Zirkzee.||Photo: Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0|
Bayern trainer Hansi Flick hinted that a potential loan arrangement for his third-string striker may have been imperiled during a Friday presser. According to SkyGermany, the two parties involved in the transaction did indeed meet an impasse during negotiations.
Apparently, Bayern wished to include an obligatory purchase clause in the loan. After intense consultations, Bayern and Serie A club Parma Calcio agreed to a purchase option instead. Italian transfer expect Fabrizio Romano reports that the optional purchase clause stands at approximately €15 million.
Speaking to Germany's Bild-Zeitung, Zirkzee confirmed that a deal had been concluded. Multiple other media sources now treat the deal as fact.
"It took a while, but I'm glad that it worked out in the end," Zirkzee told the newspaper, "I think that I'll get the chance to develop myself further. Hopefully I can help the team."
Update Zirkzee: He’ll sign the loan contract in Munich tomorrow before flying to Parma in the afternoon. @FCBayern tried to negotiate an obligation to buy until the end, but accepted a 6 months loan plus option in the end. Medical probably on Monday #TransferUpdate @Sky_Marc https://t.co/d650Z0ezAC— Max Bielefeld (@Sky_MaxB) January 30, 2021