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Followed up: Bavaria’s expensive bet on the future | Sports

if Mathys Tel hadn’t arrived in Munich on Monday (by private plane, of course) – you would hardly have noticed that FC Bayern had signed a new centre-forward.

How? So far hardly anyone knows him!

Tel just turned 17 in April.

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For Stade Rennes he only played a total of 49 minutes in seven brief appearances in the French league.

Tore: null!

Of the FC Bayern, however, pays (including bonuses) a transfer fee of up to 28.5 million euros.

To put that in perspective: apart from FC Bayern, only four other clubs out of the 18 Bundesliga clubs have ever spent as much money or more on a player (source: transfermarkt.de):

Wolfsburg (record signing Julian Draxler for 43 million), Dortmund (for Dembélé 35 million), Leverkusen (for Demirbay 32 million) and Leipzig (for Keïta 29.7 million). All other clubs could only dream of such a transfer.

Mathys Tel is a particularly expensive bet on the future for Bayern!

That can work like with BVB in the case of Jude Bellingham, who also came from Birmingham City at the age of 17 for 25 million.

But that can also go haywire, as Bayern found out painfully: in 2016 they took 18-year-old Renato Sanches from Benfica Lisbon for 35 million euros, but he was never able to assert himself in Munich.

The Tel-Transfer clearly shows where Bayern see the greatest need for action in the future. And therefore take a high risk. After the sale of Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, ​​they start the season without a real centre-forward for the first time in decades. One is now more unpredictable, they say. But who will score the many goals that Lewandowski has scored so far and has been Bundesliga top scorer seven times in the last nine years, that will be the most exciting question of the season.

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Only when it has been answered can the work of sports director Hasan Salihamidzic be evaluated, who after the spectacular purchases of Mané (Liverpool) and de Ligt (Juventus) was far too hasty for my taste in BILD as “Europe’s transfer king”.

Hopefully nobody expects Mathys Tel to become the new Lewandowski right away. Although coach Julian Nagelsmann believes he can score 40 goals per season. Not immediately – but “one day”.

In addition to the high transfer fee, there is a lot of pressure for a 17-year-old!

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