Munich - FC Bayern München pulled off a surprise coup just before the summer transfer window closes by securing the signature of winger Kingsley Coman from Italian Serie A side Juventus.
But who is the Bavarians' latest recruit? Allow bundesliga.com to fill in some of the blanks with ten facts about the youngster...
Kingsley Coman was born in Paris on 13 June 1996 and joined the Paris Saint-Germain youth academy at the age of eight in 2004. His close ball control, power, blistering pace and willingness to run at defenders helped him swiftly work his way up through the ranks before joining the senior squad aged 16.
The attack-minded winger, who is capable of playing on either flank, made his senior debut for PSG in February 2013 at the age of 16, becoming the youngest player ever to appear for the club in Ligue 1.
After a decade at PSG, and with first-team opportunities hard to come by, Coman left to join Italian Serie A champions Juventus in summer 2014 on a five-year deal after his contract had expired in the French capital.
Memorable maiden strike
Coman's first goal for Juventus in January 2015 was an absolute stunner. Cutting in from the left wing against Verona in a Coppa Italia match, he skipped past two defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top-left corner to help secure a 6-1 victory, thus helping the Italians into the quarter-finals of the competition.
Coman already has an impressive collection of trophies despite his young age. He has won the Ligue 1 title twice (2012/13 and 2013/14), the French Cup (2013/14), and last season did the domestic double in Italy by winning the Serie A and the Coppa Italia. The winger made a late cameo appearance in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, coming on in the 89th minute in Juventus’ 3-1 defeat.
That was one of two Champions League outings Coman made for Juventus. He made an additional 14 Serie A appearances for the club and was in the starting XI on five occasions. He has also played for France’s U-21 side six times, scoring twice.
Vidal's seal of approval
It is not only Pep Guardiola and the Bayern scouts who rate Coman highly. Arturo Vidal, who moved from Juventus to Munich earlier this summer, was effusive in his praise of the youngster when speaking to Bild: "Coman isn’t just young and quick, he’s also got great quality. He has huge potential for improvement, and if he were to follow me here he’d be a big help for Bayern.”
Praise from team-mates
Indeed, Coman's former team-mates at Juventus will be sorry to see him go. "He's a great talent and a good guy," said striker Fernando Llorente, "He's got a really bright future ahead of him." Stephan Lichtsteiner agreed: "Players like this are not like fish in the sea,” he told the Independent. “But Kingsley has all the attributes to eventually be a very good striker.”
Coman joined Juventus in part because of the club's illustrious past with French stars: "I came to Juventus because of the history," he said shortly after arriving in Italy. "It was the club of [Michel] Platini, [Zinedine] Zidane and [David] Trezeguet." And yet, as soon as Guardiola and Bayern came knocking, he quickly made up his mind: "Coman... asked to leave," said Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri. "I’ve picked him for our first two games, but he’s decided his future lies elsewhere."
Like many of his contemporaries, Coman is a big fan of social media, although Instagram, rather than Twitter or Facebook, is his platform of choice. It is there, under the username "king_coman11", that he documents his frequently-changing styles, ranging from quiffs and highlights to mohicans and much more besides...