Bayern splash similar Sadio Mane fee on 17-year-old with less than 100 minutes

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Bayern Munich have splashed the cash again for a 17-year-old forward with less than 100 professional minutes to his name.

The German giants have had a busy window so far, spending north of £100million on Ryan Gravenberch, Matthijs de Ligt and Sadio Mane. The latter arrived in a deal from Liverpool worth €32m (£27.5m) up front, plus add-ons of €6m (£5m) based on appearances and €3m (£2.5m) based on individual and team achievements.

Bayern have gone close to spending that amount again to secure the services of young Frenchman Mathys Tel. As per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, he's cost them a €20m (£16.8m) fixed fee and a possible €8.5m (£7.2m) in add-ons.

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Tel, who was born in April 2005, made 10 appearances for Stade Rennes without scoring last season. All of them came from the bench and they totalled just 79 minutes of action.

But his international performances have been highly impressive. Having scored five goals in six games for France's under-18s, he then captained their under-17s side to European Championship glory last month.

Explaining what fans can expect from Tel, Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann said: "He's a very young talented player, he can play in many positions, centre forward, wing forward.

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"He's very quick, strong, with his whole body, good at defending the ball also good at deep runs. I hope he will be comfortable with the group as soon as possible. He may score some goals."

Nagelsmann also warned that he's not a direct replacement for Robert Lewandowski, with a five-year contract a sign that he's one for the future. "He's not a one-on-one for Lewy," the German coach continued.

"I think it's normal when you talk about his age and his appearances in professional soccer. But he could one day be one of the best forwards and that's our aim, our plan.

"We always try to find good young talented players who could develop into world-class players, and he could be one of these players."


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