Bayern Munich scout Everton forward Henry Onyekuru
Bayern Munich will be in search of a wide forward in next summer window. The club hierarchy has already hinted that they are ready to spend big to replace Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery next summer.
They are reportedly keeping a close eye on many attacking players across the Europe, such as Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and Marseille winger Florian Thauvin. Bayern are likely to go after a young player rather than a superstar forward from other big European clubs.
According to a report in Daily Mirror, Bayern are extensively scouting Everton’s Henry Onyekuru. The Nigerian forward is currently playing on loan in Turkey for Galatasaray. The 21-year-old struggled to get a work permit after earning a move to Everton, so he has spent the last two season’s on loan — first to Anderlecht, now to Galatasaray. This report also suggests that both Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain are also keeping a close eye on the forward.
Onyekuru enjoyed a prolific two-year spell with Belgian side Eupen, helping the side gain promotion to Beligum’s first division. Everton acted quicker than other interested clubs and signed the Nigerian forward for £7 million, before sending him on loan to Anderlecht. Onyekuru scored ten goals in 28 appearances for the Belgian side before rupturing his ACL in December of last year. He has returned strongly from his injury, now, and become an important player for Galatasaray this season.
The Nigerian international can play anywhere across the front three. He has scored only two goals for Galatasaray in ten games, but has been very impressive in the final third. Onyekuru has previously shown that he has a good end product and with more minutes under his belt, he will surely score more goals for Galatasaray.
Bayern might consider Onyekuru as the cheapest option to refresh their ageing attack. If the German club decides to sign him in the summer, then I expect him to slot in the right side of attack. The Nigerian has the trickery and pace to be an orthodox wide player. His versatile nature can help the manager to be more flexible with the formations.
However, Bayern can do a whole lot better than Onyekuru considering the level of many other young attacking players across Europe. Furthermore, Onyekuru was not listed as one of Bayern’s attacking transfer targets in Bild‘s recent report. There are no doubts about Onyekuru’s talent, but he still looks a bit under-cooked for a top club like Bayern.