The day FC Dallas loaned out Homegrown defender Justin Che to their German partner Bayern Munich, those of us who follow the club kind of knew that was a sign that we probably wouldn’t see Che in a Dallas uniform.
A new report from The Athletic today discusses how Che is close to making a move to the German powerhouse permanent.
The sources said that FC Dallas is looking for a $3-4 million fee and a sell-on percentage for Che, who signed a homegrown deal with the club last October. He spent the 2020 season with Dallas’ USL League One side, North Texas SC, starting all 16 of the third-division team’s matches and earning all-league honors.
The sources were optimistic that the transfer will be completed during the summer window. If sold, Che would become the second player to move from FCD to Bayern in recent years. U.S. men’s national team center back Chris Richards was the first, going on loan from Dallas to Bayern in the summer of 2019 before joining the perennial German champions on a permanent deal the following January. FCD received a $1.25 million fee and a sell-on percentage for Richards, who was sent on loan by Bayern to fellow Bundesliga club Hoffenheim in February.
That isn’t a bad bit of business if it all comes true. As the quote states, that is more than what FCD was able to secure for Chris Richards a couple of seasons ago.
As we’ve noted in our recent Loanee’s report, Che has shown well despite the club’s lack of results. He joined Bayern on a short-term loan in February, making seven appearances and five starts for the club’s reserves in the German third division and has spent time training with the club’s first team in recent weeks.
Are you disappointed that you probably won’t see Che in a Dallas uniform or happy that FCD is able to continue this pipeline for young players like him?