European giants Bayern Munich 'plan to become a selling club'
Bayern Munich is planning to become a 'selling club.'
Bayern Munich's finances have taken a major hit due to the covid-19 pandemic and will no longer pursue Europe's biggest players.
The German side is no longer able to compete financially with their European rivals and 'plan to become a selling club.'
They'll now focus on signing young players and selling them for a profit as the pandemic 'has left them unable to afford the salaries of top players.'
Bayern has won the last nine Bundesliga titles and won the Champions League in 2020. The Allianz Arena with a capacity of 75,000 hasn't been filled due to the strong covid-19 restrictions in Germany.
They are currently six points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and are on track to win their 10th title in a row.
Bayern Munich's new recruitment drive.
Bayern will now focus on signing players aged between 20 and 22. They want to develop the youngsters signed and sell them on for a large profit a few years later.
The Munich outfit has been linked with Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch. The 19-year-old fits the profile of their new recruitment strategy.
Juventus beat Bayern to the transfer of Denis Zakaria during the January transfer window due to the Italian club being able to offer higher wages.
It is said that Bayern will attach a hefty release clause to the young player's contracts. When the Germans sell them to other European elite clubs they will make a substantial profit.
Bayern's development strategy for youngsters.
Julian Nagelsmann will oversee this transition as Bayern's boss. The playing squad will reportedly be kept to a small number - 13 or 14 first-team players - with three or four youngsters with 'special development potential.'
It's also reported that Bayern is exploring partnerships with top division clubs in other European leagues. Bayern youngsters will be able to gain significant experience as a result.
They will be loaned to partner clubs that are competing for trophies and European places in smaller leagues.
Bayern's second team in the fourth-tier Regionalliga Bayern has been used previously to develop players.
Bayern's transfer targets.
Bayern has cooled their interest in the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Erling Haaland due to finances. They are now focusing on targets such as Chelsea's Andreas Christensen.
The Danish international is available on a free transfer this summer and currently earns a modest wage.