Sport Bild have confirmed that Bayer Leverkusen’s chief scout, Laurent Busser, will be leaving for Bayern Munich after agreeing upon a deal with the German champions. This won’t be the first time Bayern have acquired a scout from Leverkusen, either, as they signed Michael Reschke back in 2014. Reschke parted ways with Bayern over the summer to become Vfb Stuttgart’s new sporting director.
Bayern had also pursued Borussia Dortmund’s chief scout, Sven Mislintat, over the summer, but Dortmund were quite firm in their stance that they would not let him go under any circumstance - except a small fortune from Arsenal.
Busser was the man responsible for signing Leon Bailey from Genk in the 2016/17 winter transfer window for a fee of around €20 million after add-ons. Bailey has been one of the Bundesliga’s most scintillating young prospects since joining Leverkusen, having already tallied a total of 8 goals and 5 assists across all competitions from 27 appearances.
It’s also been suggested that Busser made heavy pushes for Leverkusen to sign both Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembélé before they both burst onto the scene with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively. If we take that particular trio of players as a barometer, Bayern will certainly be optimistic for the future with Busser on their scouting staff, especially given how much Bayern have invested in their youth development strategies over the past 12 months.
Bayer Leverkusen’s manager Christian Boldt has confirmed that chief scout Laurent Busser will transfer to Bayern Munich. “It’s a shame,” he said, “but there’s no bad blood. Laurent Busser has always done his utmost for Bayer Leverkusen”
Busser is the fourth specialist to leave Bayer for Bayern, following in the footsteps of Michael Reschke, Holger Broich (fitness trainer), and Marco Neppe (Reschke’s assistant).