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Bayern Munich benefited from Roberto Soriano’s transfer to Villarreal

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Having a good youth academy continues to pay dividends.

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A week ago, Villarreal announced that they had purchased Roberto Soriano from Sampdoria. The midfielder would be joining the “Yellow Submarine” for around €14 million as they look to bolster their squad for the upcoming Champions League campaign.

That’s all fine and grand, but how does that relate to Bayern Munich?

Soriano spent a few years with Bayern’s youth teams from 2006-09, joining the club from Darmstadt. Days before his 18th birthday, Soriano moved to Sampdoria for a then-undisclosed fee.

Thanks to UEFA’s policies on training compensation for clubs that trained a player from ages 12-23 are due compensation upon a player’s transfer. You’ll remember that this was brought up during the Toni Kroos transfer.

How much does that mean Bayern will receive for Soriano’s transfer? Bayern will bring in €200,000 according to Abendzeitung. Those aren't world breaking funds, by any means, but every bit helps when you’re running a business.

The moral of the story is this: Build an elite youth academy, and you’ll regularly receive payments.