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Bayern Munich bring Bryan Zaragoza deal forward

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Bayern Munich have negotiated a deal to take Granada winger Bryan Zaragoza to the Allianz Arena immediately, having previously agreed to sign the Spaniard at the end of the season.

In early December, Bayern confirmed they had reached an agreement for Zaragoza to join them at the end of the campaign, for a fee reported to be in the region of €13million.

The 22-year-old has scored six goals and provided two assists for a Granada side struggling near the bottom of LaLiga this term, while he also made his Spain debut during a 2-0 victory over Scotland in October.

Reports in recent days suggested Bayern were looking to hasten Zaragoza’s arrival in Bavaria, and the club confirmed they had found a way to do so on Thursday.

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In a statement, the Bundesliga champions confirmed Zaragoza had arrived on loan until the end of the season, when the original agreement over a permanent transfer will come into effect.

Bayern moved to bring Zaragoza in on an immediate deal after Kingsley Coman suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Augsburg.

Sporting director Christoph Freund told he club’s website: “In football you always have to be flexible, and so we’ve reacted to the current situation.

“An agreement like this involves three parties, and we’re happy that Bryan Zaragoza is joining us earlier than agreed.

“Bryan sees his future at FC Bayern – that future is beginning now. We’re very pleased that he’ll strengthen our squad already for the second half of the season.”

Zaragoza is likely to be the final arrival of what has been a busy January window for Bayern, who signed Eric Dier on an initial half-season loan deal earlier this month before completing a €35m move for Galatasaray right-back Sacha Boey.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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