On Friday, Bayern Munich announced that they have signed German international midfielder Leon Goretzka from FC Schalke. The twenty-two year old will officially be a Bayern Munich player on July 1st after he becomes a free agent. Bayern Munich have managed to sign the star-studded midfielder for free. Below are some of the winners and losers of the transaction.
1. Bayern Munich’s decision-makers
There is no club in world football that is run better than Bayern Munich. In recent years, the club has done an effective job of bringing in talented players for very little or no money. Bayern did not pay any money to bring in world class players such as Robert Lewandowski and James Rodriguez. They also got a nice deal to bring in the likes of Arturo Vidal and Niklas Sule. Signing Leon Goretzka six months before he is officially a Bayern Munich player is another example of Bayern’s savvy business methods. A lot of the credit has to go to the likes of Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
2. Germany’s youth development system
In recent years, Germany has done a phenomenal job of producing young players who go on to become superstars. Leon Goretzka is a superstar in the making and him signing for Bayern Munich just shows how well the nation has done in terms of developing young players. The biggest clubs in world football will only sign youngsters who are capable of playing at the top level right away. In recent times, the likes of Niklas Sule, Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry made moves to big clubs. Leon Goretzka is now the third youngster within two transfer windows that Bayern have signed. Hats off to the various different youth academies throughout Germany.
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1. The Bundesliga
The prestige of the Bundesliga has gone down in recent years. Ever since Bayern won the treble in 2013, they have completely dominated the domestic tournaments. There has not been another team since 2012 that won the Bundesliga title. Bayern continuously poach players from other Bundesliga clubs and weaken their opposition. All this does is allow Bayern Munich to continue to dominate the league and they are expected to win the title by many fans. In order to continue the growth of the Bundesliga globally, the other clubs must be able to compete with Bayern for the title. If Bayern continues to dominate, fans will prefer to watch other leagues where the title race is competitive.
2. Corentin Tolisso
Bayern made Tolisso their most expensive signing of all time in the summer. Many had high expectations for the Frenchman and believed that he would be a crucial player for Bayern Munich for the next four or five years. Although he has been good, he is not necessarily a regular starter for the club. Jupp Heynckes has preferred to play the likes of Thiago Alacantara and Arturo Vidal in midfield. Now that Goretzka is in the mix, it may be difficult for Tolisso to have a long term stay in Munich. Goretzka is a better player than the Frenchman and Tolisso must now work extra hard in order to play games regularly for the club.