Bayern confirm they're signing teenage sensation Alphonso Davies

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Catherine Ivill
Bayern boss Niko Kovac spoke highly about the Canadian teen before the club's chief executive confirmed details of his transfer

Alphonso Davies will join Bayern Munich from the Vancouver Whitecaps in January, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.

Sources confirmed to Goal on Tuesday evening that Bayern and the Canadian club had agreed on a transfer fee, with The Athletic and TSN reporting on Tuesday that the base cost is an MLS-record $13 million (£10m/€11m), with escalator clauses that could see the fee rise to $19 million.

Davies was in Philadelphia on Tuesday to complete his physical and agree on personal terms, the final steps to completing the deal, before CEO Rummenigge confirmed that the player would arrive in Bavaria in the new year.

"He's already signed but has to pass his medical. We will come to Europe on January 1 when he is 18 and play for Bayern Munich," the Bayern chief said.

Speaking of Davies, new Bayern manager Niko Kovac told reporters on Tuesday. "He's very young, and he's very talented. Lots of clubs want to have him.

Once the transfer is complete, Davies will finalize a move that will surpass Jozy Altidore's $10 million (£6m/€7m) move to Villarreal in 2008 as the largest transfer of an MLS player in league history.

"Everything has to work out first. The ink is not dry yet," Kovac said on Tuesday. "We don't know exactly what's going to happen. I don't know exactly what will happen, but he's a young player, and young players, when they are as good as him, are very expensive because a lot of clubs are interested in him and I'm sure because a lot of clubs are interested in him the price might go up."

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Davies won't be able to formally join Bayern until January due to the fact he doesn't turn 18 until November, and FIFA forbids players to make moves outside of their home country before they turn 18, but Kovac did suggest that once a transfer is completed, Davies could join the club early and train with the German champions if the Whitecaps fail to make the playoffs, which would mean Davies' season would be over by the end of October. He would still have to wait until the January transfer window, and the end of the Bundesliga winter break, to be eligible to play for the Bavarian side.

Davies has seen his stock skyrocket since his breakout showing at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he won the Golden Boot at the age of 16. He has followed that up with an excellent season with the Whitecaps that has seen him emerge as Vancouver's best player. His combination of blazing speed and ball skill make him a scout's dream, and has led to interest from several of Europe's top clubs, with Real Madrid, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund linked to interest in the 17-year-old Ghanaian-born son of Liberian parents, who has lived in Canada since the age of five.

"He's very fast, he's very talented, he's very good," Kovac said of Davies. "I believe he has a very big future if he gets the right training."

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