Nick Bid­well and Gavin Hamil­ton round up the ma­jor deals, left-field moves and off-the-radar sur­prises

World Soccer - - Contents - Alphonso DAvies

1 One of the most re­mark­able sto­ries of the sum­mer was the in­cred­i­ble rise of Alphonso Davies, the 17-year-old Van­cou­ver White­caps at­tacker who will join Bay­ern Mu­nich in Jan­uary af­ter a whirl­wind rise over the past six months.

Born in Budubu­ram, a Ghana­ian refugee camp, he moved to Canada at the age of five, even­tu­ally set­tling in Ed­mon­ton af­ter his Liberian par­ents had orig­i­nally fled their home dur­ing the civil war in their west African home­land.

Davies joined the White­caps youth pro­gramme at the 14, hav­ing been spot­ted play­ing for Ed­mon­ton Strike.

Aged 16, he be­came the youngest player to rep­re­sent Canada’s na­tional team and this year he has burst on the Ma­jor League Soc­cer scene, with eight as­sists and five goals up un­til the end of July, and ap­pear­ing in the MLS All Stars game against Ju­ven­tus.

Bay­ern have se­cured a deal to bring Davies to Ger­many at the end of the MLS sea­son. The fee is be­lieved to be in the re­gion of $14mil­lion.

Journey... Alphonso Davies

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