Bayern have paid the most for transfers this summer in Europe. During the off-season, the German club spent a total of €120.5m, more than Manchester City, Barcelona, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid.
According to Bild, the top 10 spending clubs so far are as follows:
- Bayern Munich €120.5m (Matthijs de Ligt €70m, Sadio Mane €32m, Ryan Gravenberch €18.5m)
- Manchester City €108.75m (Erling Haaland €60m, Calvin Phillips €48.75m)
- Barcelona €103m (Robert Lewandowski €45m, Rafinha Diaz €58m)
- Arsenal €97.06m (Gabriel Jesus €52.2m, Fabio Vieira €35m, Matt Turner €6.36m, Marquinhos Oliveira €3.5m)
- Chelsea €94.2m (Raheem Sterling €56.2m, Kalidou Koulibaly €38m)
- Borussia Dortmund – €86m (Sebastien Aller – €31m, Karim Adeyemi – €30m, Nico Schlotterbeck – €20m, Salih Ozcan – €5m)
- Liverpool €85.8m (Darwin Nunez €75m, Fabio Carvalho €5.9m, Kelvin Ramsey €4.9m)
- Real Madrid – € 80 million (Aurélien Tchouameni – € 80 million).
- PSG €79.5m (Vitinha €41.5m, Nuno Mendes €38m)
- Manchester United €72.37m (Lisandro Martinez €57.37m, Tyrell Malasia €15m)
Bayern have already actually outstripped Arsenal, which announced the signing of Alexander Zinchenko for € 30 million. But for some time in the starting phase of the off-season, the Munich team were leaders. Not only in terms of cost, but also in terms of quality. In addition, the Germans have not yet completed work on the market. They are going to sell a whole group of insignificant players. Perhaps at least one more eminent newcomer will come to Germany.
Bayern played. The arrogance of the club will not lead to anything good.
Matthijs de Ligt is a solid defensive option
Defender Matthijs de Ligt is the main acquisition of Bayern. De Ligt has signed a contract with the German club until 2027. It was reported that the transfer amount would be € 70 + 10 million. However, in a press release, Juventus said that they would receive € 67 million from Bayern Munich. The Munich club will pay this amount over four financial years. The agreement between the clubs also provides for bonuses of €10 million.
Bayern managed to bring down the price for de Ligt. Initially, Juventus wanted at least €75m plus bonuses (requests even reached €85m). The player still cost the Germans a lot, but we are not talking about some kind of huge overpayment. A reasonable price for a 22-year-old defender who still has a lot of potential.
Matthijs de Ligt scores on his debut friendly for Bayern
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In Juve, Matthijs frankly did not work out. The Dutchman admitted that back in 2019 he wanted to move from Ajax to Bayern, and not move to Turin. De Ligt’s wish came true – he ended up in Munich. Now it’s up to the small – to prove their worth on the football field. Matthijs started well. In a friendly match with DC United (6:2), the defender scored a goal.
Sadio Mane is a good replacement for the departed Robert Lewandowski
Back in June, Bayern completed the transfer of Liverpool winger Sadio Mane for about € 50 million. Bayern did not miss one of the best options for strengthening an attack on the market. Mane will replace Robert Lewandowski, whom the Germans have finally sold to Barcelona. Sadio is not a classic nine, but this will not be a problem. Lewandowski, who left Munich, analyzed the situation very well.
“I think Bayern have so many talented attacking players that they don’t need the classic nine. They can play without a direct replacement for me. The team can play in a variety of ways and acquire a new identity. I think Julian Nagelsmann has a lot of ideas. He doesn’t need a classic striker. This idea could suit Bayern very well.
Who will score? Sadio Manet, Serge Gnabry. There are also Kingsley Coman, Leroy Zane, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala. Players will take on more responsibility for scoring goals. They will have better records and they will score more goals,” said Robert.
Sadio Mane scores goal against DC United
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Sadio, like de Ligt, scored the first goal for Bayern in a freight train with DC United. After that, he immediately received the African Player of the Year award. There is no doubt that the Senegalese will be useful to Julian Nagelsmann’s team.
Bayern President Herbert Hainer is pleased with the purchases of de Ligt and Mane.
“Matthijs is our dream player. When we started planning for the new season, he was at the top of our list of goals. We are very pleased with the deal. He is an important building block in our concept of the future, the team that we want to build. Matthijs will play a key role, I’m convinced. He always took on the functions of a leader – this is what we need.
It is said that the Bundesliga always suffers from a shortage of international stars. Bayern are always trying to sign players from this category. In the person of Sadio Mane and Matthijs de Ligt, we have acquired two first-class stars. Of course, the Bundesliga will only become more attractive from this, there is no doubt about it, ”Heiner said.
Bayern got an amazing person. Did you see what Manet did in Africa?
Heiner’s enthusiasm is shared by Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn and head coach Julian Nagelsmann. Both consider de Ligt one of the most talented defenders in the world, and Mane a worthy replacement for Lewandowski. Matthijs was given a lot of advances, but the unrealized potential of the player is really huge. Sadio is three years younger than the departed Lewandowski. Not a classic nine, but they know how to score goals regularly. In addition, top clubs are increasingly beginning to refuse players of this role and rely on wingers, of which Bayern have plenty.
Ryan Gravenberh is one of the most promising players in Europe, who got Bayern cheaply
In mid-June, Bayern announced the purchase of Ryan Gravenberh from Ajax. The contract with the 20-year-old midfielder was concluded until 2027. The transfer is estimated at € 18.5 million (with bonuses, the amount can reach up to € 25 million). Also, Ajax will receive 7% of the amount of the subsequent sale of the player.
“We have completed the deal and are very pleased that Ryan is here and can start working with our team. Gravenberch is one of Europe’s top talents, everyone wanted to sign him,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said.
Ryan Gravenberch at Bayern
Real Madrid, Manchester United and PSG showed a substantive interest in Gravenberch. Ryan chose Bayern. His father gave the reason.
“People from the management of Bayern said that this club is similar to Ajax, but on a larger scale. They are well structured and solid organizations. If you look at PSG, Manchester City or Real Madrid, you will see that they buy 15 players, but they already have a squad of 40 players to choose from. They just look at those who stand out and for the rest it’s a sad situation. Bayern make a maximum of three, four or five point signings. These are the players they really invest in. That played a role in choosing Ryan,” said Ryan Gravenberh Sr.
Bayern really don’t do massive player buying like PSG or Manchester City. So the sheikhs from these clubs could envy the quality signings of the Germans. Especially considering the realities of the Bundesliga, where it is impossible to attract investors, as Oliver Kahn recently recalled.
“During the pandemic, not a single European club knew how to live on. Now the situation has changed – everything is more planned. We can make plans for the future and the fans are back in the stadiums. Now we have a normal life again, but we behaved extremely carefully during the pandemic.
I am very proud that we were a profitable enterprise during the pandemic, because we were very careful. Now everything has changed, and competition is intensifying. Our competitors in the Premier League and La Liga are growing. Many clubs have been cautious during the pandemic. The transfer market has been very weak in the last two or three years. Now everything has changed. Now you can plan things, you see transfers for € 80-100 million.
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Bayern is a club with traditions. We have no opportunity to attract investors. If you compare the Premier League with the Bundesliga, you can see a huge difference in terms of television contracts. They have the ability to attract investors, but here in Germany it is not possible. The competitive environment is very difficult for a traditional club like us. But we are fighting and we can be among the best clubs in Europe,” said the Bayern CEO.
It is really difficult for the Germans to compete with the top clubs in Spain, England or PSG. But Bayern is doing it successfully. The club is pointwise and competently enhanced. They are not going to stop in Munich.
Bayern are clearing the ballast to get funds for new quality transfers
Bayern intend to part ways with several players. The Munich club plans to raise €75-85m from the sale of midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, forward Joshua Zirkze, defenders Chris Richards, Benjamin Pavard and Bouna Sarr.
Bayern are going to get the most for Pavard, who, after the purchase of de Ligt, will be happy to release him for € 35 million. According to L’Équipe, Manchester United, Chelsea, Atlético and Juventus are showing interest in the 26-year-old player . None of these clubs have yet formulated a formal transfer offer, but the parties have nowhere to rush. Bayern are ready to wait until the end of the transfer window.
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Pavard himself doubts that he should stay at Bayern. The coronavirus pandemic influenced his opinion – due to restrictions, he was constantly away from his family, which affected his psychological state and level of play. In addition, the Frenchman would like to play for the club, where he will receive regular game practice as a central defender. In Bayern, he almost always played on the right flank of the defense.
Sky Sport journalist Florian Plettenberg reports that 22-year-old Richards will be sold to Crystal Palace for €15-20m including bonuses. A good price for a player who played on loan at Hoffenheim last season and did nothing. Chris is still relatively young and can grow, but he is unlikely to be at the level of Bayern’s main team. It is better to sell the American now than marinate on the bench and reduce its value.
Zirkze played on loan at Anderlecht. Scored 16 goals in 38 matches. Not bad, but there’s no place in Munich for the 21-year-old striker even after Lewandowski’s departure. The situation is similar for Zabitzer and Sarr. It would be nice for Bayern to get around €10m for each.
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The sale of ballast will allow the Germans to make another high-profile signing. Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely not in Bayern’s field of interest, but other eminent players available on the market may well be in Munich.
In the meantime, the Germans are pursuing relatively mundane targets. Insider Nicolo Schira reports that the club has advanced in negotiations for a promising 17-year-old Rennes striker Mathis Tel. Bayern made an offer of €17m + €5m in bonuses. Negotiations are also underway for the 25-year-old Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer. Bayern are ready to offer €20 million, Leipzig demand €30 million. The parties continue to look for a compromise. In general, Bayern’s competent and measured transfer campaign is far from over.