Much as was the case at this time last year, German giants FC Bayern München enter the season looking for some additional attacking assistance on the wings.
Sky transfer expert Max Bielefeld floated the name of 21-year-old Brazilian Anthony Matheus dos Santos during a recent broadcast, but conceded that the Ajax attacker may be just beyond the FCB's financial reach.
|Cody Gakpo.||Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0|
According to German transfer pundit Max Bielefeld, FC Bayern München are "very aware and appreciate" of a Brazilian winger who ran roughshod over Germany in their 2-4 opening group stage game defeat at the Summer Olympics.
Germany's Kicker magazine also found themselves impressed with 21-year-old Anthony Matheus dos Santos, who has opted to go by the moniker "Antony". The youngster was given a grade of "2,5" for the match.
Bielefeld mentioned Antony's name, along with that of PSV Eindhoven's Cody Gakpo, as a potential transfer candidate for the German record champions in a recent column. Bielefeld nevertheless noted that both players could command prices above their market value and emphasized that the FCB would need to organize some sales first.
Antony's current market value is listed as €25 million, but Bielefeld postulated that the Dutch club would seek upwards of €30-35 million for him. Gakpo, at a listed market value of €18 million, might be traded only if the FCB could scrape together a similar amount.
Given that the current sale candidates on Julian Nagelsmann's roster, Joshua Zirkzee (€8 million), Michaël Cuisance (€7 million), and Bouna Sarr (€4 million) don't add up to that much, the FCB may seek a player more firmly in the €15-20 million range.