Bayern Munich eyeing move for Crystal Palace wonderkid Adam Wharton

Bayern Munich are impressed by Adam Wharton's midfield performances. He has been crucial to Palace's resurgence under Oliver Glasner.
Adam Wharton has been consistently good for Crystal Palace.
Adam Wharton has been consistently good for Crystal Palace. / Malcolm Couzens/GettyImages

Twenty-year-old Crystal Palace midfielder Adam Wharton has played in the Premier League for less than six months and in just 16 games. Yet, he has managed to pique the interest of European giants Bayern Munich.

Adam Wharton amazes Bayern Munich with his midfield showing

According to a report from The Independent, European giants Bayern Munich are on the lookout for a midfielder and have zeroed in on Crystal Palace youngster Adam Wharton. They have recently appointed former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany as their manager and will hope to back him with some vital signings.

Bayern Munich's performances in the Bundesliga saw former manager Thomas Tuchel get sacked. A weak midfield was one of the reasons for Bayern's third-placed finish in the league. Bayern are very light in the midfield and have just a few reliable options. Kimmich, Goretzka, and Laimer are the only senior midfielders in the team right now. They will need more reinforcements, younger ones as well as senior players, if they are to avoid a repeat of this season's results. This has led them to Wharton.

Adam Wharton joined Crystal Palace from Blackburn Rovers on Feb 1, 2024, for a fee of £18 million. He has been impressive right from day one. He is good at winning his duels, circulates the ball well, and is defensively diligent. Even against the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, the youngster showed no signs of inhibition. In Crystal Palace's 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield he won eight out of 10 duels, made 6 tackles, and had 88% passing accuracy. His form was instrumental in helping Palace finish the season so strongly.

His eye-catching performances led to a call-up from England manager Gareth Southgate to the 33-man provisional squad for the upcoming Euro2024 in Germany. If he gets selected in the final 26-man squad his market value will see a further rise. Earlier, Southgate had praised Wharton's technical ability.

"He is a good technician – he can handle the ball really well. He’s got a calmness about him that I really like."

Gareth Southgate

Crystal Palace will not be so eager to part with Wharton. Besides, a move to Bayern Munich might come too soon for the former Blackburn midfielder. He would do well to stay at Crystal Palace for at least one more season before considering his future.