Bayern Munich have agreed a deal to sign 17-year-old Canadian phenom Alphonso Davies from the Vancouver Whitecaps, according to multiple reports.
The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the two clubs had reached an agreement for a base transfer fee of $13 million — which would already be a record for an MLS export — with performance-related add-ons that could bring the total to $19 million.
Because Davies is a homegrown player, the Whitecaps will likely be able to keep all of the transfer fee, rather than share a sizable portion with MLS.
According to MLSsoccer.com, Davies will remain with the Whitecaps until the end of the MLS season, as he would not be able to play for Bayern in an official game until he turns 18 in November.
The Whitecaps left Davies out of their squad for last weekend’s game, and the MLS site reported he was already in Philadelphia, where Bayern will play Juventus in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday.
New Bayern coach Niko Kovac said at a news conference that he liked what he had seen from Davies.
“Nothing is final yet but it’s looking good,” Kovac said. “He is a big talent, he’s young and very fast.”
Davies, who has three goals and eight assists in 20 games this season, was named to the MLS All-Star team for the game against Juventus on Aug. 1.
He has already made six appearances for the Canada national team and was joint-top scorer at last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup with three goals.
Davies would be the second teenager from MLS to join Bayern Munich this summer, after the German champions signed 18-year-old Chris Richards on loan from FC Dallas earlier this month.
Richards is expected to join Bayern’s under-19 squad this season, but Davies told Yahoo last week that he had his sights set higher.
“If the opportunity comes, I think as a developing young player I want to go somewhere where they’ll play me in their first team,” Davies told Yahoo. “If a club buys you, you want to play for that club. You don’t want to be going on loan here or there.”