Corentin Tolliso: Bayern Munich’s new Frenchman ready to take the Bundesliga by storm


The 22-year-old has broken Bayern Munich’s transfer record and is the one to watch out net season, writes Sam May.

Tolliso becomes the most expensive transfer in Bundesliga history after swapping hometown club Lyon for the Allianz Arena in a €41.5 million deal. Many clubs were interested in his signature and he was always going to seek a move away from the South of France this summer.

He was previously a target for both Napoli and Juventus, who had both expressed interest in the midfielder in previous transfer windows. He will be announced as Bayer Munich player on 1 July.

It was clear that Carlo Anchelotti’s side needed a player who was young and dynamic and that is what they are getting. Arturo Vidal, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry all in their 30s, and Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso are enjoying retirement.

As a 13-year-old, the Frenchman joined the Lyon Academy, having been with the club for 10 years previously. He has now become the biggest transfer fee, his former club has ever received. Despite not making a huge impact for France U21s during their 2015 European Championship campaign.

He impressed for Lyon and earned the captaincy for a couple of qualifiers for the U21s, but his team failed to qualify for the tournament. Tolisso made his Lyon debut in 2013 in a 4-0 victory over Nice and was used as a right back under former manager Rémi Garde. After Garde’s departure, the player was moved in centre midfield.

In 2015, Tolisso was instrumental in the middle, providing the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fékir to score goals and help his side to become one of the best Ligue 1 sides, only just loosing out to the title. Tolliso netted seven times during the campaign.

The following season saw Lyon eliminated from the Champions League, finish bottom of their group. Tolisso picked up a thigh injury and was used in a more orthodox 4-3-3 in a defensive midfield role.

He is in the air, but lacks the upper-body strength and physicality needed to operate effectively in a midfield duo and sometimes dwindled in this deeper role. Tolisso has previously featured as a right-sided wing-back, a second striker and a No10. He did score 14 goals during the 2016-17 campaign.

Last season, he played a pivotal role in his side. He was given the captains armband when Maxime Gonalons was suspended and Tolisso helped his side to a whisker of reaching the Europa League final, only loosing out to Ajax. He made his senior France debut against Spain last March.

He will take the Bundesliga by storm next season and he has become a remarkable talent in the past few seasons. The spotlight has been primarily on Kylian Mbappé and Oussama Dembélé – but its time to turn your attentions to Corentin Tolliso.


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