Bayern Signing Sabitzer From Leipzig Is Prime Example Why Bundesliga Will Never Be Exciting — I’ll Explain

If you can’t beat them, buy them. If you win by a little bit, buy them anyway.

Bayern Munich wrapped up the summer transfer window by signing RB Leipzig ace Marcel Sabitzer for $18.8 million on Monday. One look at a Bayern transfer history sheet shows that the club buying rival players isn't anything new.

This isn’t even the first, or most expensive, player that Bayern has bought from last season’s runner-up.

Star Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano emerged as one of the top center backs in Europe last season. His efforts were a major reason why Leipzig finished with the least goals against in all the Bundesliga during the 2020/21 campaign. The Red Bull defense only conceded 32 goals in 34 games, while Bayern conceded 44. The solution for Bayern? Just buy your competition’s best players.

The nine-time defending Bundesliga champions bought Upamecano this summer for $46.75 million.

Bayern also took Leipzig's manager, Julian Nagelsmann, this summer.

I’m sorry to tell you this Bundesliga fans, but your league sucks in terms of competition.

Bayern won the Bundesliga last season by a comfortable 13 points, the year before that it was also 13 and in the 2017/18 season Bayern finished with a 21-point gap on second place. Over the past nine seasons there has only been one instance where Bayern didn’t claim the league with at least a 10-point gap.

Money is the obvious reason for this repeated occurrence. Bayern’s consistency in buying any sort of Bundesliga talent isn’t helping either.

Here’s a glimpse at the Bayern transfer history list from the past decade. This list highlights top players from Bundesliga clubs that were swooped up by the German giants.

21/22 Transfer Window

Dayot Upamecano

  • Club: RB Leipzig
  • Cost: $46.75 million

Marcel Sabitzer

  • Club: RB Leipzig
  • Cost: $18.8 million

19/20 Transfer Window

Benjamin Pavard

  • Club: Stuttgart
  • Cost: $38.5 million

18/19 Transfer Window

Leon Goretzka

  • Club: Schalke
  • Cost: Free

17/18 Transfer Window

Serge Gnabry

  • Club: Werder Bremen
  • Cost: $8.8 million

Niklas Süle

  • Club: Hoffenheim
  • Cost: $22 million

16/17 Transfer Window

Mats Hummels

  • Club: Borussia Dortmund
  • Cost: $38.5 million

15/16 Transfer Window

Joshua Kimmich

  • Club: RB Leipzig
  • Cost: $9.35 million

14/15 Transfer Window

Robert Lewandowski

  • Club: Borussia Dortmund
  • Cost: Free

13/14 Transfer Window

Mario Götze

  • Club: Borussia Dortmund
  • Cost: $40.7 million

12/13 Transfer Window

Mario Mandzukic

  • Club: Wolfsburg
  • Cost: $14.3 million

11/12 Transfer Window

Manuel Neuer

  • Club: Schalke
  • Cost: $33 million

(Transfer fees are courtesy of Transfermarkt)

During nearly every transfer window over the past decade, Bayern has snagged a star player from a Bundesliga club. It’s honestly a miracle that Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski aren’t a strike duo right now. 

It’s not like Bayern even needs Haaland anyway. The 31-time league winners will make it ten in a row this season and will likely finish with a minimum ten-point gap on second place.

RB Leipzig has been challenging for the league in recent years, however, Bayern has now gutted the Red Bulls’ defense, attack and manager this window.

What an exciting league. 

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