Fiete Arp to FC Bayern . . . Eventually

Summer 2018 Agreement Now Coming to Light

Hamburger SV talent Fiete Arp is committed to moving to FC Bayern. It’s just unclear when.

The highly regarded 19-year-old could move this summer. He could also stay another season and complete the move at the end of his current contract in the summer of 2020.

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Arp had extended before the current season, calling his decision a “matter of the heart,” but apparently also was keeping his options open.

“The relegation hit Fiete very hard,” says HSV sporting director Ralf Becker in a release on the club’s official site. “At the time, he definitely wanted to stay here and help assure that we go back up. He has put this goal above everything else.”

“Nothing about that will change in the future.”

Well, maybe not “nothing.” Currently first in the 2. Bundesliga, HSV is in a solid position to make their first-ever drop to the second division a brief visit, but there does not appear to be any convention to keep Arp should Hamburg somehow fail to return to the Bundesliga before his current deal expires.

Deal Secured Last Summer

hBild reports that negotiations between the two clubs and the player led to Bayern paying a 2.5 million Euro transfer fee and that Arp is currently under contract to FC Bayern, which would mean Arp is technically on loan in Hamburg at the moment. By contrast, FC Bayern’s official statement says Arp is “currently under contract with Hamburger SV.”

Whatever the technical details actually are, it is now clear that the long-rumored move will eventually take place. Only the timing of Arp actually changing between jerseys of the two traditional rivals remains a question. Considering Arp’s middling form since the HSV took the plunge into the second division, Bayern may be in no real hurry to bring him south.

Has Arp Stagnated Since Pro Debut?

He has made eleven 2. Bundesliga appearances for HSV, logging just 334 minutes. His lone 90-minute performance with HSV’s first team this season came earlier this week in the DFB Cup win over 1. FC Nürnberg.

By contrast, Arp made three summertime appearances for Hamburg’s second squad, collecting three goals in three matches against Regionalliga Nord competition. Whatever HSV’s league next season, it may be more to Bayern’s benefit for Arp to stay north in the hopes of finding the form that made him such a hot commodity in the first place. Simply put, being able to score against clubs like BSV Rehden and VfL Oldenburg is not the return on investment Bayern expect of its purchases, much less of someone who would theoretically be in line to succeed a proven threat like Robert Lewandowski.

On the flip side of that, Arp isn’t going to develop much by watching 2. Bundesliga matches from HSV’s bench before getting a dozen minutes on the pitch. If they cannot be certain he will get playing time at Hamburg, they may wish to call him to Munich this summer where they can at least oversee his development more closely.

Either way, Arp will move, leaving Hamburg in search of another long-term option for the future of their attack.

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Randall Hauk is a freelance writer living in the United States while covering German football. He is currently the publisher of Planet Effzeh, an English-language site covering 1. FC Köln. He wrote about the German national team for the Telegraph as part of their World Cup Nation coverage.

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