Joshua Zirkzee might just not yet be on his way out of Bayern Munich as a transfer for the player now hangs in the balance.
Zirkzee was shown a red card for a kick to TSV 1860 Munich’s goalkeeper Marco Hiller’s face on Saturday during their 3.Liga match.
BILD report that the striker could be suspended for ‘several games’ and that could affect a potential transfer. Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Koln were both interested in Zirkzee, but if he were to make a switch to either club right now, it is expected that his suspension would hold.
The report also claims that the club are concerned with the 19-year-old’s attitude, which could explain why he hasn’t played a part for the first team in a while.
He has made just five appearances for Hansi Flick’s side before picking up an injury last year. He was then dropped to the U23 squad who find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle.
Sky’s transfer expert Max Bielefeld claimed last week that Zirkzee wants to push for a loan move to Frankfurt during the current transfer window.
Update Zirkzee: Frankfurt still wants Joshua this January and the player would be happy to join @Eintracht. But: Everybody is waiting for @FCBayern to take a decision. Would they accept a loan or would they rather sell him to make some money? Answer still pending! #TransferUpdate https://t.co/Y1S6spU0Fq
— Max Bielefeld (@Sky_MaxB) January 7, 2021
Bielefeld said: “He wants to go there. For the player, it is definitely not an option to stay with Bayern until the summer.”
Zirkzee has fallen down the pecking order behind Robert Lewandowski and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and his banishment to the amateur side speaks volumes.
No exit talks yet – Hansi Flick
However, Flick has claimed that the youngster is a part of his plans, at least for the ‘next six months’.
The Bayern boss said: “I am not aware of anything. I have not heard from either side, that is, Javi Martínez and Joshua Zirkzee. I assume that they will be in the squad for the next six months.
“I am currently not aware of any player wanting to leave the club. But things can happen quickly in football, of course. Joshua Zirkzee is of enormous quality and can develop well. He was four or five weeks out of training.
“He will train with the professionals, but should show his strengths with the U23. He’s supposed to help her win the games when he’s there.”