We've heard Kingsley Coman transfer rumors before. Some of them involved him going on loan to an Italian clubs, others involved him going to Germany in the wake of Arturo Vidal's move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
But never did they involve a loan deal to Germany. HOWEVER...
The Kingsley Coman European Tour is heading to its third stop in the span of two summers. First there was Paris Saint-Germain, then Juventus and now Bayern Munich. The deal was first reported by BILD in Germany, then confirmed by numerous Italian media outlets. Here is what Gianluca Di Marzio has to say about what went down late Friday night:
Kinglsey Coman is leaving Juventus and Turin for Bayern in Bavaria.
In these past few hours, the transfer was concluded which will see the talented Frenchman sign for the German champions on a loan with an option to buy.
The first rumors state that Bayern will pay €7-8 million for a loan with an option to buy the player set at € 20 million. Juventus have decided against selling the player outright, at least for now, whilst Bayern are preparing to enjoy the talents of player.
So, Juventus could get €28 million for a talented yet still an unproven player in Coman? I'm sorry, as much as I would like Coman to stick around and develop his skills in a Juventus jersey — or at least having Juventus own his rights in full with no sale in sight — you take that every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
The obvious connection here is that Juventus frees up a spot — and some money, you would think — to make the final push to get Julian Draxler before the summer transfer window ends. Juventus get some cash, they are able to make up the difference in transfer fee demands that Schalke obviously want, and, more importantly to Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici, they get their No. 1 trequartista target.
Schalke continue to ask € 27 million + € 5 million in bonuses whilst Juventus are offering € 25 million + € 7 million in bonuses, which means that the parties are close. Now the negotiations focus on the payment method as Juventus try to conclude the deal in order to gift Allegri his much soight after trequartista.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Sounds simple enough, right?
Now we wait. For Kingsley to arrive in Germany, and for Draxler to potentially arrive in Italy. It took quite a bit of time, but maybe — JUST MAYBE — Juventus will get the trequartista they've been working on to sign for the better part of the last six weeks. Color me impressed.