Reports today claim that Seamus Coleman is about to leap off the Everton ship that is sinking under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez, and may be about to make one of the biggest transfers involving an Irish international ever. Paul Rowan of the Sunday Times reports today that Bayern Munich are currently scouting for a full-back to replace Phillip Lahm, and among the players under consideration is Coleman.
Rowan writes that Coleman "has been watched several times this season by Bayern scouts, as they prepare the groundwork for the departure of Lahm, who announced last year he would be retiring from football when his contract expires in 2018". Bayern's wish to have Lahm's successor at the club by next season, so he can learn the ropes from Lahm, who Pep Guardiola proclaims as among the most intelligent footballers he has ever coached.
Coleman has recently hired a new agent - Paul Martin, who also represents Ross Barkley and John Stones - fuelling speculation that Coleman is seeking an exit strategy from Everton.
It would be an incredibly exciting move for Coleman, and he would become the third Irish international to play in Germany, following in the footsteps of Eamon Gregg and Noel Campbell.
[The Sunday Times]