More than 100 million euros in revenue – Bayern set a transfer record
FC Bayern has spent a lot of money on players this summer. What was hardly noticeable: He also made a lot of sales. Mainly reservists changed. Lothar Matthäus attributes the success to one person in particular.
DThe number continues to impress many experts and fans. FC Bayern spent 137.5 million euros on new players in this transfer period, which ends next Thursday. Most for central defender Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus Turin (67 million euros) and attacking star Sadio Mané from Liverpool FC (32 million euros plus possible bonus payments.)
With all the new stars, something has gone down how much the German soccer record champion has earned with sales. So far it is 95.9 million euros. In addition, the sale of young striker Joshua Zirkzee to FC Bologna is imminent, which should bring 8.5 million euros.
Together that would be 104.4 million euros in revenue. Never before have Bayern generated more than a hundred million euros in a transfer period with player departures. And that despite the fact that, with the exception of superstar Robert Lewandowski, they mainly sold reserve players and talents.
Even without the imminent departure of Zirkzee, FC Bayern has already set a record: the previous one dates back to the summer of 2018, when the club earned 84 million euros from player sales. Munich have given up twelve players in the past few weeks, most of them sold. Almost a whole team is gone. In total, the series champion took almost 96 million euros through the sales.
These players left the club: world footballer Lewandowski (for 45 million euros to FC Barcelona), Chris Richards (for around 12 million euros to Crystal Palace), Omar Richards (for 8.5 million euros to Nottingham Forest), Marc Roca (for twelve million euros to Leeds United), Tanguy Nianzou (for 16 million euros to FC Sevilla), Lars Lukas Mai (for 1.6 million euros to FC Lugano), Christian Früchtl (for 500,000 euros to Austria Wien) and Ron-Thorben Hoffmann ( for 300,000 euros to Eintracht Braunschweig). Only three players made a free transfer: Adrian Fein (Excelsior Rotterdam), Corentin Tolisso (Olympique Lyon) and Niklas Süle (Borussia Dortmund). Malik Tillman was loaned out to Glasgow Rangers.
Record international player Lothar Matthäus said at an appointment with “Interwetten” on Friday afternoon in Munich: “FC Bayern have positioned themselves in the way I imagine a top European team to be. Hasan Salihamidzic’s transfers (sports director, d. editor) – perfect I would say. It doesn’t get any better. What I rate even higher are the sales. Over a hundred million euros – Hasan gets a one with a star for that. One for transfers, one star for sales. Hasan has done a tremendous job with his team.”
Way ahead in Europe too
In the Bundesliga, Bayern are currently in first place in terms of transfer income, ahead of RB Leipzig (74 million euros). The champions are also far ahead in a European comparison, only a few clubs from the other top leagues such as Manchester City (around 160 million euros), Leeds United (around 108 million euros) and Juventus Turin (around 99 million euros) have more money with them taken from player sales.
In recent years, things have been rather sluggish at Bayern with profitable player sales. In the previous season, they earned just four million euros with it, and around 22 million euros in the 2020/2021 season. That has now changed.
Nianzou, Lewandowski and Omar Richards moved to Munich for free and brought in almost 70 million euros. Roca (bought for nine million euros) and Chris Richards (bought for 5.3 million euros) also ended up with a significant transfer plus.