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Bayern Munich beat Man United, others to youngster signing

German Bundesliga By: Ayodeji Tunde | 28/08/2017

Bayern Munich have won the race for Dutch wonder-kid that was equally being tracked by top English clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton and even Chelsea. 

Joshua Zirkzee officially on Monday joined Bayern Munich

The 16-year-old forward quit Feyenoord and has signed a long-term deal with the Bundesliga champions, just days after the German’s opened their new state-of-the-art youth academy.

As reported by The Sun, Ronald Koeman was close to landing Joshua Zirkzee after featured in a youth tournament for the Toffees

The teenager featured for Everton in a youth tournament in Prague earlier this year and the Merseysiders thought they had convinced the Dutch kid to move to Goodison Park.

Arsenal and Manchester United were in the mix for Zirkzee who decided to leave Holland and try his luck joining one of Europe’s elite clubs.

Academy chief Hermann Gerland said: “We are thrilled to have a very good talent with Joshua. He brings a lot of quality both physically and playfully.”

Retired skipper Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller are all academy products who went on to have huge success at Bayern.