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.