Bayern Munich have started official negotiations with Olympique Lyonnais for France International Corentin Tolisso, according to L’Equipe. The German club are looking to replace Xabi Alonso and are willing to pay €40m to bring in the player.

Juventus, Tottenham, Manchester City, and Chelsea have all enquired about the midfielder, but Munich seems to be in pole position to sign him. A report from Foot 365 (via GFN France), stated that boss Carlo Ancelotti has already spoken with Tolisso over the phone expressing his desire to have him join the team. The player is willing to join, with a long-term contract already offered to the 22-year old.

Tolisso already made it clear of his goal to play for France in the 2018 World Cup, and believes he has to leave the French club in order to achieve that.

I don’t know if I’ll be at Lyon next year. I want to play the Champions League and the World Cup. To be at the World Cup, you have to play the very, very big games. And you play big games in the Champions League.

If Munich manage to complete this signing, it would be the biggest sale in Lyon’s history with the record now being held by Michael Essien’s sale to Chelsea in 2005 (for €38m).