- Nestory Irankunda, formerly of Adelaide United has joined Bayern Munich
- Australian Prodigy Made His A-League Debut at 15 Years Old in 2022
- Barcelona & Chelsea also monitored the 17-year old right winger
According to 90min, Bayern Munich was not the only club that chased Australian prospect Nestory Irankunda prior to announcing this week his signing on a contract of long term.
Irankunda debuted in the Australian A-League in Australia at just 15 years old in January 2022. Irankunda did not start a match for the senior team last year, but he played in most of the games from the bench. He scored seven goals.
Bayern has announced Irankunda’s arrival, but as FIFA transfer rules dictate, he won’t be moving to Germany until February 2019, when he reaches the age of 18.
90min believes Barcelona has been watching Irankunda for the past few months. AC Milan, Borussian Dortmund, and Valencia are also in this category. Chelsea, and Newcastle United, however, were not able to compete with Bayern for the player.
Irankunda is a right-winger who has been selected for Australia’s under-17 national team. He has played at the international level and scored over a goal per match. His parents had fled to Tanzania due to the Burundi Civil War and settled in Perth with his family when he turned three months. In 2013, they moved to Adelaide and in 2021, Irankunda joined Adelaide United.
Bayern has always been willing to look at international markets in search of emerging talent. In 2018, the club signed a 17 year old Alphonso Davis from Canadian team Vancouver Whitecaps. He joined the club when he turned 18 months later. Since then, the club has seen Davies flourish and become arguably the top left back in the world.
Davies’ future in Munich isn’t clear cut. His contract will expire in 18 months and he has a number of suitors lining up to sign him. Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool all keep an eye on the player, but they’re sceptical about their chances because it is widely believed that the 23 year old has his heart set to move to Real Madrid .