Transfer: Bayern sign Francis as Lookman joins Atalanta

Transfer: Bayern sign Francis as Lookman joins Atalanta

Bundesliga side, Bayern Munich, have signed Nigerian youngster, Daniel Francis, from FC Hearts until 2025.

The 18-year-old who departs the Abuja-based club for Germany will spend the 2022/23 season loan at Austrian Bundesliga side Austria Klagenfurt.

Francis represented Nigeria in the 2019 U17 World Cup in Brazil at the age of 16.

Reacting, FC Bayern Campus director, Jochen Sauer, said, “Daniel came to the fore during his time in the FC Bayern World Squad and really stood out in the friendly matches.

“He attracted interest from other clubs, so we’re pleased to have signed him and that he’ll now be able to gain match experience at Austria Klagenfurt.”

Meanwhile, Super Eagles forward, Ademola Lookman, has joined Italian Serie A side, Atalanta on a permanent deal from RB Leipzig.

Lookman who spent last season on loan with Leicester City joined the Italian side for a fee of around €15m, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Lookman started playing for Charlton, making his senior team debut in November 2015, a few days after turning 18.

He joined Everton in January 2017 and as soon as he came on in the game’s final minutes, he scored on his Premier League debut in the 4-0 victory over Manchester City. In the following season, he scored two goals in the UEFA Europa League group stage, playing in the same group as Atalanta. He was loaned out to RB Leipzig in January 2018 and kicked off his spell in Germany by scoring on his debut, which arrived in the away victory over Borussia Monchengladbach. He rounded off the season with five goals and 4 assists registered in 11 appearances and after another spell at Everton, he was signed again by RB Leipzig in the summer of 2019. He then returned to England on loan to play for the Premier League sides Fulham first and then Leicester City.

He played the last term there, scoring 8 goals and registering 5 assists in 42 appearances overall across the league, the English Cups and the UEFA Europa League, striking crucial goals like the one in the home victory over Liverpool last December.

At the youth level, Lookman also played for the England national team, contributing significantly to the Under-20 World Cup victory (he bagged a brace against Costa Rica in the last 16 and scored against Italy in the semifinal) and also donning the Under-21 shirt.

He then decided to represent Nigeria, his parents’ country of origin, at the senior level: his debut dates back to last March in the World Cup qualifiers against Ghana.

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