Bayern’s professionals leave the field after the main game (2:2) against Leverkusen in September. Image: dpa/Tom Weller
The football business has clear rules. However, especially in the transfer market, these are not written. It is often said: If a player only has a one-year contract remaining, he must extend it or be sold so that the selling club can still charge a transfer fee.
In recent years in particular, the trend has been to extend a contract that expires well over a year before it ends. The simple reason behind this: the transfer fee should not be too low due to the short term of the contract.
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FC Bayern currently finds itself in exactly this position. For weeks there have been repeated rumors about Alphonso Davies moving. His contract expires in the summer of 2025, that is, within a year and a half. There is probably a great prospect in Spain with Real Madrid. Various local media outlets have repeatedly reported interest from the Spanish champions.
On Monday, the “Relevo” portal wrote that the left-back was part of the Royals’ planning discussions and was the main transfer target. On Tuesday, sports newspaper “Marca” reported that Davies had refused to renew his contract with FC Bayern. This fits into Real’s planning.
“Sport Bild” recently reported that Real Madrid hoped to act as they did with the transfer of Toni Kroos in 2014.
FC Bayern: Real Madrid expect cheap transfer fee if Davies leaves
Back then, the German star moved to Real for just €25 million a year before his contract expired. The idea of the Madrileños: If Davies moves in the summer of 2024, a year before the end of his contract, the transfer fee could be reduced again and a lot of money could be saved.
Nedal Huoseh, Davies’ agent, has now commented on the recurring rumours: “That’s not correct. At the moment Phonzy is at Bayern Munich, that’s where his focus is,” he told “tz”.
The fact that Bayern now have to worry about their future with Davies seemed different at the start of the year. Huoseh is said to have largely agreed with Hasan Salihamidžić, the former sporting director, in the spring.
However, after Salihamidžić was removed from his position, contract negotiations were also suspended. Months of radio silence followed, which gave rise to rumors of a departure.
On the sidelines of last Sunday’s annual general meeting, Bayern president Herbert Hainer also commented on the future of the Canadian international: “He has become one of the best defenders in the world for us, of course we want to keep him and I hope he wants to keep him too.”
David Alaba’s transfer should also support those responsible at Bayern. The Austrian international moved from Munich to Madrid for free in 2021, after the player and the club were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension and the Munich team even withdrew the offer.
It is unlikely that this scenario will be repeated with Davies. Once again, the Munich team will not start the season with a star whose contract is expiring. The maximum will therefore probably be: extension or sale.
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