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Revealed: How Bayern Munich’s front office makes decisions on transfers

Take a look into who decision-makers are regarding the newcomers for Bayern Munich.


Christmas break is finally here for Bundesliga teams. Bayern Munich finished first in the Hinrunde and is off to a well-deserved rest. The transfer window will open soon, and Bayern will most probably stay inactive in this transfer period. But who makes the shots when it comes to transfers in Bayern Munich?

Recently, Tz provided an overview of the decision-makers at Bayern Munich. Reportedly, the board, made of Rummenigge, Hasan Salihamidžić, Oliver Kahn, and Hansi Flick, meet up every week to discuss possible transfers and contract extensions.

Case one — Marc Roca

In the example of Marc Roca, we can see the dynamics of the ‘‘transfer board.” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge usually leaves the squad planning to Bayern’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidžić, but the CEO’s word carries a lot of weight. When Brazzo wanted to pay approximately 40 million euros for the Spanish midfielder, Rummenigge vetoed the move, since the price was too high for an unknown player. Rummenigge’s vision paid off just a year later when Bayern Munich brought in Roca for roughly 1/5th of the original cost.

Case two — Ivan Perišić

When it comes to the transfer of Perišić, Rummenigge was the driving force behind the move. He believed that the squad needed an experienced player on the wings and that a loan move would be a perfect solution. In the end, the board made a unanimous decision — they would not pursue Roca and would instead pursue a loan deal for Perišić.

Interestingly, Kahn, the future CEO, doesn’t always participate in the squad planning, as he is more focused on some other aspects of the organization.

Case three — Adrian Fein

When it comes to Adrian Fein, we see how the board deals with different opinions. Salihamidžić was keen on keeping Fein at Allianz Arena, and he was sure of his potential. Nevertheless, Flick and Hermann Gerland were not that convinced by Fein’s abilities. In the end, the decision was made that Fein will be loaned out to PSV, but for only one reason. The board also agreed to bring in Flick’s preferred option — Tiago Dantas, who plays in the same position as Fein does.

It seems that Rummenigge still has the final word when it comes to transfers, whether he likes to admit it or not. When Rummenigge is not involved in the transfer talk, the rest of the board makes a lot of compromises, which is a good thing to see — the sporting director and team coach should work together to find the best solutions for the squad.

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