The loan departures of Chris Richards and Joshua Zirkzee on Monday were reported by the Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, thus listing Liverpool and Chelsea as their key rivals to sign the French defender Dayot Upamecano.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed, speaking to Sky Sports News, that 19-year-old Dutch forward Zirkzee was set to join the Parma Italian club on loan.

“He wasn’t happy at Bayern,” said Rummenigge, who also reported that if they avoid relegation this season, Parma had the option to purchase Zirkzee directly for EUR 15 million ($ 18 million).

Meanwhile, US youth international Richards, on a six-month loan contract, joined Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim.

The 20-year-old defender follows a path previously taken by teammate David Alaba, who spent six months in 2011 at Hoffenheim before breaking into the first team of Bayern.

In summer, Alaba himself looks set to leave Bayern, with Rummenigge telling Sky that the departure of the 28-year-old was “99.9 percent” certain.

The club’s trust in RB Leipzig and France’s defender Upamecano as a potential replacement for Alaba was also reaffirmed by the Bayern CEO.

Yet he acknowledged that the Chelsea and Liverpool English Premier League clubs were also in the race.

“There are at least two other attractive competitors,” Rummenigge said.

“When clubs like Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in him, it shows what quality the player has,” he added.


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