Bayern Munich are renowned for their exceptional dealings in the transfer market. The Bavarians have always found a way to attract the world’s biggest and brightest talents to embrace their enriched history.
After securing an eight straight Bundesliga title this season, Bayern Munich have already made their first move in the transfer market. The Bavarians have completed the signing of Leroy Sane from Manchester City for €49 million.
From high profile marquee signings to well bargained low-priced jewels, Bayern Munich have made some interesting signings since the start of the 21st century. So, let us take a look at the ten most expensive transfers for the most successful club in German history.
#10 Mario Gomez – €30m from VfB Stuttgart in 2009
Mario Gomez arrived at Bayern Munich from VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2009 in a then-Bundesliga record transfer fee worth €30 million.
The German international did manage to justify his price-tag as he scored 113 goals in only 174 appearances in all competitions during his three-year spell at the Allianz Arena, often making the difference as their main target man up-front.
The 34-year-old, who recently announced his retirement, played an important part in guiding Bayern to their first historic treble in the 2012-13 season under Jupp Heynckes.
#9 Benjamin Pavard – €35m from VfB Stuttgart in 2019
French international Benjamin Pavard joined the Bavarians from Stuttgart in the winter transfer window of 2019 for €35 million, after enjoying an exceptional World Cup-winning campaign for France the previous summer.
Regarded as one of the best-attacking full-backs in the world at present, Pavard possesses an impressive passing range, along with other offensive attributes. The 24-year-old has been a regular since his arrival at Bayern, appearing in 45 matches across all competitions.
#8 Renato Sanches – €35m from S.L. Benfica in 2016
Portuguese international Renato Sanches signed a five-year contract with Bayern Munich in 2016 after impressing in the European Championship the same summer. Despite stiff competition in the transfer market, Bayern somehow managed to lure Sanches away from Benfica.
Sanches, who was the recipient of the 2016 Golden Boy award, flopped at Bayern and failed to record a single goal or assist, despite making 25 appearances in his first season.
Sanches was shifted out to Premier League outfit Swansea City on loan the following season but he failed to make his mark at the Liberty Stadium. However, the former Benfica man was sold to Ligue 1 side Lillie last summer for €25 million.
#7 Mats Hummels – €35m from Borussia Dortmund in 2016
Despite learning the basics at Bayern Munich’s famous youth academy, Mats Hummels had to make his move to their eternal rivals, Borussia Dortmund in search of regular game time back in 2008.
But the Germany international returned to his boyhood club from Borussia Dortmund in 2016 in a transfer fee worth €35 million.
The strongly built centre-back, who is known for his powerful tackling and aerial prowess, made more than 110 appearances for Bavarians, winning multiple accolades in the process.
After plying his trade at the Allianz-Arena for three seasons , Hummels moved to Dortmund again last summer.
#6 Mario Gotze – €37m from Borussia Dortmund in 2013
Mario Gotze arrived at the Allianz-Arena in 2013 from Borussia Dortmund, becoming the most expensive German player at that time. He was expected to hit the ground running immediately, having scored 16 goals for BVB the previous season.
However, Gotze’s time at Bayern Munich wasn’t that great as he failed to maximize his potential. In 114 appearances for the club, the 2014 World Cup hero for Germany scored 34 times, alongside providing 24 assists.
After serving the Bavarians for three years, Gotze returned to Dortmund once again in July 2016, signing a four-year contract. BVB decided against extending his contract this summer and thus, Gotze is a free agent now.
#5 Arturo Vidal – €39.3m from Juventus in 2015
In at number five is Arturo Vidal, who made his move to Bayern Munich from Juventus in 2015 for €39.3 million. The midfield warrior hit the ground running with the Bundesliga giants without wasting any time.
The Chilian international recorded 22 goals and 18 assists in 114 appearances for the club, winning several trophies in the process. Vidal, during his three-year spell at Bayern, earned the plaudits of many with his combusting style of play, before making his move to Barcelona in 2018.
#4 Javi Martinez – €40m from Athletic Bilbao in 2012
Javi Martinez’s move to Bayern Munich back in 2012 was a surprise to many as the Spaniard joined the Bavarians on the back of a mediocre season with Athletic Bilbao.
However, the defensive midfielder justified his price tag of €40 million in his first-ever season with Bayern, and successfully managed to form a formidable duo with Bastian Schweinsteiger in the midfield.
With his all-round displays in the middle of the park, Martinez helped Bayern to accomplish their first-ever treble in the 2012-13 season. However, due to numerous injuries, the Spaniard failed to reach the same heights ever again.
#3 Corentin Tolisso – €41.5m from Lyon in 2017
In at number three is French international Corentin Tolisso, who made his move to Bayern Munich from Lyon in 2017 for €41.5 million, after scoring 14 goals for the French side the previous season.
The central midfielder has turned out on 68 occasions across all competitions for the Bundesliga champions since then, recording 14 goals and 12 assists in the process. Despite staring his Bayern career on a high, the 25-year-old midfielder has somewhat failed to cement his place in the starting XI, mainly due to multiple injury concerns.
#2 Leroy Sane – €49m from Manchester City in 2020
Leroy Sane occupies the second spot in the list after recently completing his much-awaited move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City. Sane was linked with Bayern Munich for long to replace club legends, Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben on the wings, and the move finally happened.
Sane has emerged as one of the most improved players in recent years, as the left-footed attacker achieved newer heights under Pep Guardiola’s management. In 135 appearances for the Citizens, Sane scored 39 goals and set up 45 more.
#1 Lucas Hernandez – €80m from Atletico Madrid in 2019
Spanish international Lucas Hernandez still holds the number one spot in the long list of record arrivals at Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old defender joined the Bundesliga champions in 2019 from Atletico Madrid for €80 million, signing a five-year contract with the club.
After making his debut in August last year against Energie Cottbus in the DFB-Pokal, Hernandez went on to make 23 appearances for the Bavarians across all competitions, winning the Bundesliga title in his first season in Germany.
However, the high-priced defender missed out on 188 days of football after aggravating several injuries, ranging from tendon irritating to a bruised knee.
Players’ transfer fees courtesy: Transfermarkt.co.uk