FC Bayern sign Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi
FC Bayern have completed the signing of Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi. The 18-year-old French youth international joins from Paris Saint-Germain on a contract valid until 30 June 2024. Although his primary position is centre-back, he can play in multiple positions across the defence. As well as French citizenship, the right-footer also possesses an Ivorian passport.
Board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic: "We're very happy that we've been able to bring Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi to FC Bayern. In our opinion he's one of the biggest talents in Europe. His best position is central defender, but he can fill several positions. We're sure he'll have a great career in Munich and will strengthen our team."
Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi: "I'm very happy to be able to play for FC Bayern. It's a big club, rich in tradition. I really hope I'll be able to establish myself here and play a lot of matches. For that I'll work hard."
Kouassi was born in Paris on 7 June 2002. He joined the PSG academy at the age of 14. He made his professional debut in Ligue 1 in December 2019 and just a few days later he also got his first taste of the Champions League, where he's now made two appearances. His first start came in January in a 4-1 win against AS Monaco. By the end of the 2019/20 season, which was abandoned due to COVID-19, he had six Ligue 1 appearances to his name. He scored his first two professional goals in a 4-4 draw at SC Amiens, both of them headers. He now joins Bayern as a French champion.
Kouassi has represented his country 12 times at junior level, scoring one goal. He reached the European Championship semi-finals with the France U17 team last summer, where they finished third. Kouassi started every match at the tournament and scored against Spain.
Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi will be officially unveiled as a new signing during a video conference at Säbener Straße on Wednesday. The new board member for sport, Hasan Salihamidžić, will also be answering questions from the media.