By Tony Attwood
While the media in Britain has occasionally hinted that maybe all is not well, most of the time they seem to be enjoying the hyper-inflation of transfer fees that is going on.
But the public in Germany are now being told that Bayern Munich will not participate in the current “madness” of the transfers, whose prices are exploding, even if it means renouncing the chance of winning the Champions League in the near future, at least according to its president Uli Hoeness.
“I do not want to buy a player for 150 or 200 million euros, I do not want to participate in such madness, these are things we totally refuse to be engaged in at Bayern.”
Of course when someone makes such grandiose claims it is worth comparing what is exactly going on rather than just accepting what is being said. Here are the top deals thus far involving German clubs
|1||Corentin Tolisso||Lyon||Bayern Munich||£36.4m|
|2||Hakan Calhanoglu||Bayer Leverkusen||Milan||£22m|
|3||Niklas Süle||Hoffenheim||Bayern Munich||£19.3m|
|4||Kingsley Coman||Juventus||Bayern Munich||£18.4m|
|5||John Brooks||Hertha Berlin||Wolfsburg||£17.6|
|6||Maximilian Philipp||Freiburg||Borussia Dortmund||£17.5|
|7||Nabil Bentaleb||Tottenham Hotspur||Schalke 04||£16.8m|
|8||Javier Hernández||Bayer Leverkusen||West Ham United||£16m|
|9||Medhi Benatia||Bayern Munich||Juventus||£14.9m|
|10||Matthias Ginter||Borussia Dortmund||Borussia Mönchengladbach||£14.9m|
- Arsenal -£34m
- Chelsea -£59.5m
- Everton +£7m
- Liverpool -£32.5
- Manchester City -£178.9m
- Manchester United -£96.2m
- Tottenham +£75.5m
As a result, the team that is virtually guaranteed to win the German League and have a fair crack at the Champions League each year has said he’s not really going to join in. “As long as such madness takes place in the transfer market, it will not be possible to plan a victory in the Champions League,” he said, “but we want to become German champions.”
Certainly on price Bayern are dominating their own market since three of the top 10 purchases in Germany this summer have been undertaken by Bayern.
Borussia Mönchengladbach’s expenditure at -£61m comes close but no one else in Germany is in that league.
So maybe the point is that Bayern are dominant, and it costs them less to remain dominant. And I suspect the whole statement is merely to deflect attention away from the fact that according to press reports, PSG is currently trying to take Neymar from Barcelona for 220 million euros, while Real Madrid have apparently signed an agreement in principle with Monaco for the French striker Kylian Mbappé for 180 million euros.
But PSG, Barcelona, Real Mad, these are the oddballs, the clubs that can spend anything. In PSG’s case they know that Qatar will pay (as long as the blockade doesn’t shut the country down totally) while the finances and tax affairs of Barcelona and Real Mad are basically from another planet.
For comparison Manchester City’s current expenditure is also around the 220 million euros to recruit Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ederson, Danilo and Douglas Luiz. And we have to remember that Bayern could be approaching higher levels. Corentin Tolisso will cost 47.5 million euros if all bonuses apply.
Uli Hoeness also added an interesting appendix warning of a negative reaction from fans if the inflationary trend continues. “I wonder if over the long term we will be able to get the spectators to accept it,” he said.
And that is really the question that came out of Walter’s post earlier today. Tottenham fans who have written in to us in relation to the last article and indeed our review of 10 days ago, not only seem to be accepting the fact of having made a profit in a transfer window when others have spent a fortune, but are very happy with the situation.
As we, and they, have pointed out, over the years this has never been the case with Arsenal where there has been great discontent for quite a while among a noisy troublesome minority.
Of course we still have a long way to go in the transfer window – well five weeks. But at the moment Real Madrid are sitting at £21m profit, Barcelona at £30m loss, Atletico Madrid at £1.4m loss.
But it could still all change.
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