Bayern Munich recently acquired TSG Hoffenheim starlets Armindo Sieb and Mamin Sanyang on free transfers for Bayern’s youth teams. Both players are 17 years old and have been promising talents for Hoffenheim’s U-17s. From Bayern’s perspective, it’s excellent business to sign two players who can develop on Bayern’s youth teams, potentially reach the first team, or transfer out for profit. Hoffenheim, however, has not taken kindly to Bayern’s poaching of Sieb and Sanyang.
Per the Associated Press, Hoffenheim is irritated that Bayern scrounged up their starlets. Their frustration isn’t helped by the fact that their U-19 captain Amadou Onana recently joined Hamburger SV. Hoffenheim’s managing director, Frank Briel, said that Bayern’s methods may be a productive business model, but they hurt other clubs in the Bundesliga, who invest time and resources developing players in the youth academies.
Briel said, “It’s worth discussing at least in terms of solidarity that Bayern — which has turnover of three quarters of a billion euros — is now actively pursuing the talent recruitment business. It’s perhaps clever from their corporate strategy perspective, but it hurts us because that’s why we do the work at the academy.”