Bayern Munich; fresh from winning their 2nd treble in 8 years and eight consecutive Bundesliga titles along with a total of 11 in the past 15 years under different managers such as Jupp Heynckes, Ancelotti, Kovac, Flick, etc. Hollywood FC hailing from Bavaria, has dominated their league since its inception and like to keep it that way as they lead the Bundesliga title charts. In the past decade, the managers keep changing, but CEO Karl Heinze Rummenigge remains the same. He is the person who looks over the most critical aspects of the club that includes mostly the financial face of the club, and is equally involved with the sporting director Hassan Salihamdzic in any incomings or outgoings.
Bayern has a clear transfer strategy that includes the players being young, talented, cheap, and having a German core having a very high ceiling. Bayern is significantly more than stable financially. Still, they do not have the cash available to splash on the superstars in their primes such as Neymar to PSG, Coutinho to Barcelona, or even Hazard to Real Madrid. They do like to integrate youth into the first team. They have been continuously doing this for a more extended period with notable mentions of Thomas Muller, Philip Lahm, etc., but most of the youth is not from the Bavarian academy. FC Hollywood’s transfer policy also includes buying youth prospects from other Bundesliga teams and proving their worth in the Bayern II team. Joshua Kimmich being the prime example, which is one of the most underrated players in the world and has the capability of playing easily in more than one position without missing a heartbeat. Even if it doesn’t work out, they can be sold to other Bundesliga teams for a profit, which is a win-win situation for both parties.
Bayern Munich, as a whole, never intend to buy superstars for their team. This policy for their search of world-class players started in 2006. Franck Ribery had a stunning world cup and was constantly being linked with the Bavarian giants, but they made their move after a year, which ticks their policy boxes. Having won so many trophies in their domestic league, the shining silverware attracts many players from the league within, and they take the whole advantage of these situations. Rival clubs have seen many players join the second most hated club in Germany after RB Leipzig for peanuts or almost nothing. Schalke and Borussia Dortmund can bear witness to this fact. Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka, and Robert Lewandowski joined from Schalke and BVB, respectively, all for free, and now they are the undisputed starters for their treble-winning first team. Alexander Nubel is another one joining them by running his contract down and joining their fierce rivals, and to be honest, there is not much they could do to stop him from joining. Running one’s deal down is not always a good idea, in this case, the example being Max Meyer, who waited for Bayern Munich or even BVB, but neither came to his rescue and was forced to find a club abroad who could afford his wage demands.
Moving to the intercontinental business model of Bayern’s transfer policy, there is only one signing in their history, which is more than 50 million euros. This was in Lucas Hernandes, who cost them a hefty amount of money, costing them 80 million euros because of the release clause system in Spain and being a recent part of a world cup winning team Atletico Madrid would not budge on anything less than the given amount. Other transfers include:
- Arjen Robben: Chelsea to Bayern for 25 million euros
- Javi Martinez: Athletic Bilbao to Bayern for 40 million euros
- Thiago Alcantara: Barcelona to Bayern for 30 million euros
- Kingsley Coman: Juventus to Bayern for almost 28 million euros
- Alphonso Davies: Vancouver Whitecaps to Bayer for 18 million euros
- Jerome Boateng: Manchester City to Bayern for 13.5 million euros
- Mario Gotze: BVB to Bayern for 37 million euros
- Leroy Sane: Manchester City to Bayern for 40.5 million euros, which could eventually rise up to 40.9 million euros add ons.
This policy shows how Bayern Munich has always been ahead of the curve and had suspected the market inflation, so they set themselves up in such a way in a way that they would see them conquer both the local and international markets. It was a no brainer for other teams to follow the same roadmap as Bayern’s. Real Madrid is the most prominent protagonists of this method after turning their face away from the Galactico signings to investing in talented young youth prospects from around the world, including the signings of Vinicious Jr, Rodrygo Goes, Takefuso Kubo, and Andre Lunin. Manchester City is also looking to stop their spending spree. It has invested in young players, including Nmecha and Oliver Torres, combined with the upcoming talent from the academy in Phil Foden, Eric Garcia, etc. they are well on their way to having a pool of players to choose from.
Feeding clubs have also made themselves well known with this tactic and have started to ask for massive fees from clubs. BVB have set an asking price of 120 million euros for Jadon Sancho. Joelson Fernades of Sporting CP is available for 45 million euros despite being only 17. Clubs do not want to lose their mercurial talents for prices, which they might regret and have set release clauses north of 100 million euros, specifically in the case of Joao Felix. Bayern Munich is undoubtedly the pioneer of this blueprint. Still, in the modern game of football, nothing stays hidden from top clubs who employ tacticians at their helms to counter these measures, and once followers are gained, then it seems impossible to lose them.