The Bayern professionals leave the field after the decisive match (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. They say: If a player only has a one-year contract left, he should renew it or he will be sold so that the selling club can still collect a transfer fee.
Especially in recent years, the trend has been to extend a contract that expires much more than a year before its end. The reason behind this is simple: the transfer fee should not be too low due to the short duration of the contract.
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Bayern currently finds itself in this situation. Rumors about a possible departure of Alphonso Davies have been repeated for weeks. His contract expires in the summer of 2025, that is, in about a year and a half. There is probably a good prospect in Spain with Real Madrid. The various media have already repeatedly reported the interest in the Spanish record.
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, the sports newspaper “Marca” reported that Davies had refused to renew his contract with FC Bayern. That fits into Real’s planning.
“Sport Bild” recently reported that Madrid hoped to be able to act as it did with the transfer of Toni Kroos in 2014.
FC Bayern: Real Madrid expect cheap transfer if Davies leaves
Back then, the German superstar moved to Real for just €25 million a year before his contract was up. The idea of the people of Madrid: If Davies moves in the summer of 2024, a year before his contract ends, the transfer fee could be reduced again and a lot of money could be saved.
Nedal Huoseh, Davies’ agent, now commented on the recurring rumors: “That’s not true. Phonzy is currently at Bayern Munich, that’s where his attention is,” he told “tz.”
The fact that Bayern now have to worry about the future with Davies seemed different at the beginning of the year. In the spring Huoseh is said to have largely agreed with Hasan Salihamidžić, the former sports director.
However, after Salihamidžić was removed from his position, contract negotiations were also put on hold. Months of radio silence followed, which then gave rise to rumors of an exit.
Bayern president Herbert Hainer also commented on the Canadian international’s future during last Sunday’s Annual General Meeting: “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 that too.”
The departure of David Alaba should also be on the backs of those responsible for Bayern. The Austrian international moved from Munich to Madrid on a free transfer in 2021 after the player and the club failed to agree on a contract extension and the Munich team even withdrew their offer.
This scenario is unlikely to be repeated under Davies. Once again, the Munich team will not start the season with a big star whose contract is about to expire. Therefore, the maxim will probably be: expansion or sale.
The biggest turbulence in German women’s football seems to have been resolved. Since Saturday, the DFB and former national team coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg agreed to terminate the contract. Voss-Tecklenburg’s future was unclear until several months after the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.