Bayern Munich could be set to replace the retiring Xabi Alonso with Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso, in a deal that would break the highest Bundesliga fee paid for a French player.
Tolisso has been with the French side ever since his 14th birthday, but eight years later, it seems as though his career is set to take a turn after it was reported that Lyon have agreed a deal with the German champions that would see the 22-year-old move to Bavaria.
According to Kicker (via Eurosport), the two teams have come to an agreement that Bayern will pay €35m – a fee that could rise to €50m in bonuses for Tolisso.
Reports also state that Chelsea are interested in the Frenchman, but the Allianz Arena is the more likely destination for the central midfielder.
Since his breakthrough season in the 2013/14 campaign, Tolisso has racked up 28 goals and 17 assists in 160 games – not bad for a player who is often required to fill in at a defensive midfield role.
He has some huge boots to fill if he is to move to Bayern though. Xabi Alonso’s retirement leaves a gaping hole in the squad.
The Spanish central midfielder could dictate the play like no other, playing at his own pace and holding the ability to spray at 40 yard pass whenever he fancied it.
However, Tolisso shows great potential and at only 22, he has plenty of time on his side.