BAYERN MUNICH are set to make 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps winger Alphonso Davies the most expensive export in MLS history, according to reports.
The Bundesliga champions are set to splash out up to £14million for the Canadian, who was born in Ghana and has scored three times in six caps for his adopted homeland.
Sources told the Athletic that Davies would command an initial £9.5m fee, with the potential for an additional £4.5m in bonuses.
The total figure would take the deal well clear of Jozy Altidore’s £8.8m move from New York Red Bulls to Villarreal in 2008.
Davies, whose family left war-torn Liberia for the Ghanaian refugee camp in which he was born, arrived in Canada aged five and joined the Whitecaps’ youth set up in 2016.
In July 2016 he became the second-youngest player in MLS history behind Freddy Adu, in turn making him the first player born in the 21st century to appear in the league.
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His first goal, scored in September of the same year, came while he was still two months shy of his 16th birthday.
Davies has made 68 appearances in all competitions in his three seasons with the Whitecaps, scoring seven goals.
His talents drew the attention of multiple Premier League clubs last season, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, but they were reportedly put off by potential work permit issues.
Bayern, keen to involve themselves in the North American market and replace ageing stars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, are also said to be pursuing Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic, the wonderkid of the US national team.
Pulisic, 19, is said to have a £60m price tag on his head, and is one of the leading lights among a growing crop of talent in the US system.
Bayern got a first-hand look at another American talent on Saturday when George Weah’s son Timothy, who represents the US rather than Liberia where his father is President, scored against them in a friendly match with PSG.
Timothy, 18, saw his first-half strike cancelled out by Javi Martinez after the break before Swansea City flop Renato Sanches and 17-year-old Joshua Zirkzee sealed victory for Bayern in their International Champions Cup opener.