Bayern Munich are singling out Barry Hepburn, the young Celtic winger, for the summer transfer.
believes the Bundesliga giants are optimistic that they will make an agreement that would allow them to get Hepburn this summer.
The 16-year-old still had a year to run on his youth registration. He had been given his first professional deal by the Hoops to stay on, but has now refused to take this offer. His wish go overseas is thought to have the Hoops dissatisfied.
Had the Scotland Under-17s starlet moved inside Scotland, the additional year on his youth contract would have given the Parkhead club a greater impact. But UEFA does not accept that level of contract- meaning that cross-border transfer at the age of Hepburn has damaged their position.
It’s the second time the Hoops lost a youth player to the German champions in 12 months, after last summer’s defender Liam Morrison transferred there. Morrison spent the season playing for the Under-17 team of Bayern, which is managed by former German international Miroslav Klose. Now he will be probably joined by ex-clubmate Hepburn.