News ID: 176785
Published: 0739 GMT January 31, 2017

Bundesliga gamble on youth sends transfer record tumbling

Bundesliga gamble on youth sends transfer record tumbling

German clubs shattered Bundesliga winter transfer spending records in January, forking out close to €100 million ($107.6 million) and largely gambling on the potential of youngsters like Leon Bailey and Alexander Isak.

Promising Jamaican teenager Bailey joined Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday for a reported €12 million ($12.8 million), while Swede Isak — dubbed the 'next Zlatan Ibrahimovic' — turned down Real Madrid to sign for Borussia Dortmund, AFP reported.

France's Dayot Upamecano swapped Red Bull Salzburg for RB Leipzig for a reported €10 million, yet the trio is all in their teens and untested in Europe's top leagues.

The previous record set during the 2014/15 season saw Bundesliga sides pay out around €65 million, but that mark has been obliterated with several hours still to go before the deadline.

Throw 20-year-old Riechedly Bazoer, who joined Wolfsburg from Ajax for €12 million, and new Hamburg signing Walace, 21, into the mix and the focus on investment in youth is undeniable.

Wolfsburg has spent the most of any club by stumping up €33 million to try and salvage a disastrous season.

The 2009 Bundesliga champion drafted in five new faces — including French winger Paul-Georges Ntep — after offloading Germany international Julian Draxler to Paris Saint-Germain for around €40 million.

But despite the record outlay, the country's richest club Bayern Munich has largely stayed silent with no new arrivals this month.

However, the defending champion did complete a double swoop for Hoffenheim pair Niklas Suele and Sebastian Rudy, who will join the league leader at the start of next season.

Resource: AFP
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