FC Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi. The 18-year-old French youth international joins from Paris Saint-Germain on a contract valid until June 30, 2024. Although his primary position is centre-back, he can play in multiple positions across the defence. As well as French citizenship, the right-footer also possesses an Ivorian passport.
FCB Board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic said, “We’re very happy that we’ve been able to bring Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi to FC Bayern. In our opinion he’s one of the biggest talents in Europe. His best position is central defender, but he can fill several positions. We’re sure he’ll have a great career in Munich and will strengthen our team.”
Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi said, “I’m very happy to be able to play for FC Bayern. It’s a big club, rich in tradition. I really hope I’ll be able to establish myself here and play a lot of matches. For that I’ll work hard.”
Kouassi was born in Paris on June 7, 2002. He joined the PSG academy at the age of 14. He made his professional debut in Ligue 1 in December 2019 and just a few days later he also got his first taste of the UEFA Champions League, where he’s now made two appearances. His first start came in January in a 4-1 win against AS Monaco. By the end of the 2019/20 season, which was abandoned due to COVID-19, he had six Ligue 1 appearances to his name. He scored his first two professional goals in a 4-4 draw at SC Amiens, both of them headers. He now joins Bayern as a French champion.
Kouassi has represented France 12 times at junior level, scoring one goal. He reached the European Championship semifinals with the France U-17 team last summer, where they finished third. Kouassi started every match at the tournament and scored against Spain.