From Tranmere to Bayern Munich in a flash
The teenage striker, who only made his first-team debut last season, completed a dream move from English League One (third division) side Tranmere Rovers to German giants Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Tranmere said the 18-year-old, who scored six goals in 32 appearances and was named League One Apprentice of the Year, had signed for an undisclosed fee.
“This is an amazing opportunity for Dale and one which any younger player would jump at,” Tranmere manager Les Parry told the club’s website.
“Bayern Munich made us a very good offer for Dale and we’re happy for him to progress his career with them in Germany.
“He has had an incredible 12 months with us now and hopefully he’ll go on to do great things at Bayern.”
Such comic book transfers are rare these days but Bayern have made similar moves before with differing results.
The outlay from the Germans is probably very little comparatively so it is almost a no-lose situation for them, given a host of young players will now be knocking their door down rather than rival clubs.
If they can find a needle in a haystack in north western England, they should be able to sift through them all!
PHOTO: Ivica Olic, Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller of German Bundesliga soccer club FC Bayern Munich pose during the official team photocall in Munich July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder