Official: Bayern Munich sign youngster Jann-Fiete Arp

Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Jann-Fiete Arp from Hamburg.

At just 19 years old, Arp has already made quite an impression over in Germany ever since making his Hamburg debut against Werder Bremen in September 2017.

Despite only coming on as an 89th-minute substitute for Bobby Woo in the game, Arp became the first Bundesliga player born in the 2000s.

The teenage forward went on to make a further 17 league appearances and scored two goals for Hamburg in the process, but couldn’t help prevent the club being relegated in the end.

While things in the German second division have got off to a somewhat disappointing start without a single goal to his name in 11 games, however, Arp remains an exciting prospect in Europe.

Observers have even been comparing him to Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who won the Golden Boot award in the 2018 World Cup last summer for England.

Now Bayern have won the race for his services, but will allow Arp to remain at Hamburg until July 2020 at the latest.

“Germany Under-19 international Fiete Arp, currently still under contract at Hamburg, will play for FC Bayern Munich by 1 July 2020 at the latest,” read a statement on the club website.

“Arp, FC Bayern and HSV have concluded an agreement which includes flexible changeover periods.

“The 19-year-old striker has the option of moving to Munich as early as summer 2019, or he will become an FC Bayern pro in the 2020/21 season. The decision as to when he leaves Hamburg will be taken by Arp alone.

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Hamburg sporting director Ralf Becker added: “The negotiations with Bayern Munich were constructive and fair.

“Relegation hit Fiete very hard and he wanted to stay here and help us get back up.

“He puts everything into achieving that goal, and nothing will change in the future.”

The Bavarians will likely view Arp as a potential successor for Robert Lewandowski in the years to come in Munich.

Although the teenager will have big boots to fill with Lewandowski having managed 175 goals and 43 assists in 223 appearances for Bayern across all competitions.

The Poland international remains contracted at Bayern until June 2021.

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