Bayern Munich are lining up a £10million bid for British youngster Rabbi Matondo, according to The Sun. He currently plays for Manchester City but has turned down the offer of a new contract.
Winger Matondo is yet to make a senior appearance for City, but earned his debut for Wales in November, playing 12 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Albania.
The 18-year-old has set the 20-metre sprint record at City, beating the likes of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, and is rated highly by manager Pep Guardiola.
Matondo has been included in first-team training at City but is yet to commit his future to the club, as per The Sun.
A previous article by The Sun claimed that Matondo had snubbed the offer of a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season.
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Bayern – who have also been heavily linked with Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, as per Sky Sports News – are subsequently said to be preparing an offer, leaving City with a decision to make as they decide between cashing in or attempting to convince Matondo to stay.
Borussia Monchengladbach, Everton, and Southampton are also credited with an interest, according to The Sun.
The Premier League is no longer the be-all-and-end-all for young players.
There is another avenue for youngsters looking to make it and Jadon Sancho has blazed a trail after leaving City to join Borussia Dortmund.
Indeed, the winger has lit up the Bundesliga, scoring six goals and providing seven assists in the German top flight this season – according to Whoscored. He has also won three caps for England.
Matondo, then, is right to consider his options.
City have an embarrassment of riches available to them at first-team level and it is difficult to envisage a clear pathway into Guardiola’s starting XI for young players.
Bayern, meanwhile, are seemingly looking to build for the future, and Matondo could become a key part of that.
City, however, have a key decision to make. One has to accept that £10m for such a young player, with no first-team appearances, could be seen as a fantastic piece of business, but they also run the risk of losing a potentially brilliant player for what could be seen as peanuts a few years down the line.