Since early October, almost every La Liga spectator knows Bryan Zaragoza: The winger shone during his club FC Granada's 2-2 draw against Barcelona.
After scoring the lead goal just 17 seconds into the match, he outsmarted defender Jules Koundé in the 29th minute - Zaragoza nutmegged the defender - and then beat goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen with a powerful outside-of-the-foot shot.
Bundesliga fans can now look forward to such displays, as Bayern Munich announced on Wednesday that they have signed the versatile, 1.64-meter-tall forward for the 2024/25 season. Zaragoza, who was also of interest to RB Leipzig, has been given a contract with the current German champions until the summer of 2029. With a base transfer fee of around 13 million euros plus potential bonuses in the low single-digit million range, the talented speedster is a bargain.
'Bryan Zaragoza has been on our radar for a while,' says Sporting Director Christoph Freund. 'He is a fast, very quick, and extremely agile winger who can play on both sides. He is unpredictable, poses a goal threat, and is very good in one-on-one situations. This year he already made his debut for the Spanish national A team and has a lot of potential. Bryan is one of the rising stars in Spain and has been on our radar for some time. He will enhance our offensive capabilities. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season with FC Granada and are looking forward to him joining us this summer.'
Zaragoza is considered the discovery of the season in Spain and was one of the league's best dribblers in the first half of the season. In his first 14 La Liga matches, he scored five goals - more than a quarter of FC Granada's total goals. At the Andalusian club, he established himself as a regular player last season and contributed seven goals to their promotion. Five of these seven goals were scored by the 'street footballer' between the 29th and 32nd matchdays. 'I have played in the neighborhood all my life,' he revealed about his background in an interview with DAZN.