Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic has been celebrated in recent weeks, especially for his newcomers in the summer transfer period. With Sadio Mane and Matthijs de Ligt, Munich have signed two top international stars. But Salihamidzic has also done a lot in terms of player sales during this changeover period. Bayern have earned more than 100 million euros through transfers, setting a new transfer record.
With young striker Joshua Zirkzee, Bayern officially confirmed their 15th (!) departure this summer yesterday. According to consistent media reports, Munich collect 8.5 million euros from FC Bologna for the 21-year-old Dutchman. This means that Bayern have generated almost 104 million euros through player sales during this changeover period – more than ever before in the club’s history.
Even though Bayern have spent a lot of money themselves for top stars like Sadio Mané (32 million euros), Matthijs de Ligt (67) and promising young players like Ryan Gravenberch (18.5) and Mathys Tel (20), Thanks to the numerous sales, FCB “only” has a transfer deficit of almost 33 million euros.
Lewy and the reservists let the Bayern cash register ring
The sale of Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona alone brought in 45 million euros. The 33-year-old Pole is responsible for almost half of the transfer income. Much more amazing, however, is the fact that Hasan Salihamidzic & Co. managed to sell numerous reservists who no longer played a role in Julian Nagelsmann’s plans for good money. Marc Roca (Leeds United) and Chris Richards (Crystal Palace) changed for twelve million euros each. Omar Richards (Nottingham Forest) and Zirkzee for €8.5m each.
Tanguy Nianzou, who came from PSG on a free transfer in the summer of 2020, even received 16 million euros from the sale to Sevilla FC. There were also several “smaller transfers” from Lars Lukas Mai (to FC Lugano for 1.6 million euros), Christian Früchtl (to Austria Wien for 500,000 euros) and Ron-Thorben Hoffmann (to Eintracht Braunschweig for 300,000 euros).
Bonus payments and buyback options
It is also noteworthy that Bayern could receive even more money from bonus payments for all sales in the future. Lewandowski and Roca each have five million euros in the room. With US youngster Chris Richards it should even be up to eight million euros. Nianzou could also bring another four million euros. In total, the record champion can look forward to variable bonus payments of more than 25 million euros.
Particularly pleasing: Since Bayern have sold many young talents who could still go through the roof in the future, a corresponding buyback option has been secured for several players. In the case of Nianzou and Zirkzee, such a clause has been officially confirmed. There should also be such a contractual agreement with Chris Richards. If there is no return to Säbener Straße, Bayern will still benefit, since many players also have a resale clause and thus receive future transfer proceeds.
Player sales at FC Bayern in summer 2022