Bayern Munich are targeting Arsenal’s 18-year-old winger Xavier Amaechi, seemingly hoping the youngster will follow in Serge Gnabry’s footsteps to Germany.
Football.London claim Bayern have a ‘long-standing admiration’ of the teenage winger, and they’re far from the only ones. 14 Bundesliga clubs were reportedly in attendance for the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Swansea, as well as Spanish, French and Italian clubs. Not all were following Amaechi, but many would’ve been.
Scouts were certainly everywhere in the crowd on Monday night. Everywhere you looked there were people with notebooks scribbling details down. Amaechi didn’t disappoint either, proving one of Arsenal’s brightest sparks on the night.
Having watched Amaechi rise from the u18s to the u23s over the last couple of seasons, I’d argue Amaechi could turn out to be even better than Gnabry. He’s fast, he can dribble, he has tonnes of skills in his locker, his crossing is excellent even when you give him almost no room to work with, and he can finish chances when you give them to him.
His unfortunate injury early in the season prevented him getting any opportunities in the League Cup or the Europa League, unlike the likes of Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock. However, when the chances come, his ability will probably catch a lot of Arsenal fans by surprise.
If it’s not clear already, I’d certainly recommend Arsenal completely ignore any advances from Bayern, or any other team. The club only have Amaechi tied down to a professional contract lasting until 2020, but he’s a boyhood fan of the Gunners, so hopefully they don’t mess this one up. Fingers crossed.