Bayern Munich’s ambitious new strategy with young nuggets


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Having just recruited Mathys Tel (17) for 28.5 million euros including bonuses, Bayern Munich have achieved a big blow in the transfer window by securing one of the best talents born in 2005. The arrival of the he French striker is done in a long-term logic and allows to prepare for the future. A radical choice, but which confirms the aggressive strategy of the Bavarian club in the field of young talents. Moreover, the Munich residents have also just offered the 16-year-old Spanish-Moroccan left-back Adam Aznou who played for FC Barcelona, ​​but also a few days earlier, the young Aristide Nseke (14 years old) and his brothers Aviel (12 years old) and Alex (9 years old). A few months earlier, Mike Wisdom arrived for 300,000 euros from Borussia Mönchengladbach when he was only 13 years old! Putting an emphasis on training in parallel, the Rekormeister has hatched Jamal Musiala and is also developing Malik Tillman (20), Paul Wanner (16) or Croatian striker Gabriel Vidovic (18). Seeing Bayern Munich train young talent is nothing new, but the quality of the academy had gone down significantly in recent years.

The last to have quickly had a major role in the first team before Jamal Musiala is none other than Thomas Müller who has been indisputable since his emergence during the 2009/2010 season. An already very distant marker. A little after him, we can also note David Alaba, Toni Kroos and Holger Badstuber who took a little longer, but nevertheless quickly asserted themselves. Between 2012 and 2020 this dynamic had clearly stopped. Bayern Munich still produced good players like Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund) and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham) over this period, but they didn’t really help the first team. An observation was therefore drawn up by the sports director Hasan Salihamidžić and the leaders: it was necessary to relaunch the youth at Bayern Munich. Winter 2019, Bayern Munich does not hesitate to hit hard on the youth market by betting 10 million euros on the Canadian nugget Alphonso Davies. Then 18 years old, the young Canadian winger of the Vancouver Whitcaps will quickly make everyone agree in Bavaria. After six months of acclimatization and a repositioning as a left-back, he is now a world reference in the position.

Large purchases and CHO failure

21-year-old Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has failed to make a name for himself with the Blues in recent seasons. However, his fate could have drastically changed. Offering 33 million euros for the player in January 2019 then a loan with an option to buy 70 million euros during the 2020 summer transfer window, Bayern Munich tried everything in vain to snatch him from the London club. . Much more up to date on the youth sector, the Rekordmeister also has a partnership with the American club Dallas FC. Left for Crystal Palace for 18 million euros, Chris Richards (22) is a good example. Although he didn’t really have a chance in the first team, he was a good find for the Bavarian club as he shone on loan at Hoffenheim before trying his luck in the Premier League. Using their American background, Bayern are also well established in Europe.

This year, Bayern Munich bet €1.2m on 16-year-old midfielder Jonathan Asp from Midtjylland and a similar sum (€1.8m) on Lovro Zvonarek (17), who arrives from Slaven Belupo. Prospecting across Europe, Bayern Munich also targeted young talent Julien Duranville from Anderlecht. The striker became at 16 years and 17 days the third youngest member of the Jupiler League to make his debut for Anderlecht behind Nii Lamptey (15 years, 11 months and 16 days) and Romelu Lukaku (16 years and 11 days). Seen as a real phenomenon, he was the subject of a €15m offer from the Bavarians last May, as revealed by the Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri. Attacking on all fronts, Bayern Munich leave no room for chance and always seek to get closer to perfection…

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