Bayern Munich have just sprung a surprise and announced the signing of defensive midfield talent Joshua Kimmich from 2. Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig. The deal is slightly complicated, as Kimmich was once sold to RB Leipzig by Stuttgart, who had secured a buy-back option for the talent. Essentially, Stuttgart just exercised that option and brought the player back for €1.5 million, only to sell him on to Bayern Munich for €8.5 million, making a profit of €7 million in the process. Whatever Kimmich’s future might look like, at least from a financial standpoint, this represents a shrewd piece of business for Stuttgart.
Kimmich currently plays for Germany’s U21s and was a standout performer during the team’s 3-0 victory at the European Championships against Denmark. A product of Stuttgart’s reputable youth academy, Kimmich spent the last two seasons at Red Bull-back RB Leipzig and has accumulated a total of 55 appearances in Germany’s third and second tier respectively. Although not incredibly impressive, his career statistics imply a decent amount of experience and steady progress. Ultimately, the midfielder will now become a Bundesliga player, having experienced a promotion during his stint at Leipzig. In other words, he will have experienced three tiers of German football in three years.
Kimmich is not a household name in German football yet, and the transfer certainly raised some eyebrows in the country, but the player comes to Munich packed with self-confidence, stating that he had not joined a club just to sit and watch. At Bayern however, he will have to compete with the likes of Xabi Alonso, Thiago or even Bastian Schweinsteiger for a place in the team.
Equipped with a five-year contract, Kimmich was one of the players on Guardiola’s wish list and his confidence may well be justified. As Bayern have made similar signings in the past few years, it remains to be seen as to whether Kimmich will become just another victim of the club’s ruthless transfer policy or if the midfielder will actually establish himself, unlike many before him.