The numbers behind the Bundesliga’s transfer window


Though most of the media attention went to France and England over the summer window, the German Bundesliga did not go without its own share of high-profile moves.

Colombia and Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez arrived at Bayern Munich is a surprise loan move, while Borussia Dortmund focused on mostly domestic signings to help boost their chances of winning the Bundesliga for the first time since 2012.

Mahmoud Dahoud was one of four domestic signings made by Borussia Dortmund this summer, with €49 million of the club’s €82.73 million going to players from the Bundesliga. Most of the remaining spend went to highly rated Ukraine winger Andrey Yarmolenko, who is yet to test his skills outside of his native country at club level.

4. Bundesliga – Spent £568.27 million / €621.78 million

Bundesliga clubs mostly ran into the red across the summer window, with 11 of the 18 sides spending more than they pulled in from player sales.

Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Schalke were the worst offenders in this regard, all finishing with a net loss of more than €35 million.

However, subsequent performances across the 2017/18 season will determine whether they were profligate in their decision making, as two of those three sides were involved in the title race last season (Bayern Munich, of course, going on to win the Bundesliga).

Conversely, there were huge profits made for Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, the former of which netted €83.77 million. Most of those funds came from the controversial exit of Frenchman Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona, though they wisely invested approximately half of his transfer fee to strengthen several areas of the squad.

As for Bayer Leverkusen, they weren’t too far behind in net gains, leaving the summer €40.8 million richer after allowing the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu, Kevin Kampl and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez to leave the club.

Average spend from clubs in the Bundesliga: €34.54 million. Average net profit from clubs in the Bundesliga: €-5.11 million.

There’s little surprise in finding that Bayern Munich were the biggest spenders in Germany this window, though their €103.5 million spend accounts for only 16.6% of the Bundesliga’s spending.

Borussia Dortmund are close behind at 13.3%, while RB Leipzig (9.7%), Wolfsburg (9.6%), Schalke (7.6%), Bayer Leverkusen (6.2%), Borussia Monchengladbach (5.99%) and Koln (5.5%) make up most of the remaining spend from the Bundesliga.

It is interesting to note that of the eight highest spending sides in the Bundesliga, only three (Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Koln) recorded net profits, while the remaining five all finished with net losses greater than €10 million.

When compared with La Liga’s numbers, this shows that there was a wider spread of spending in Germany. However, most sides in Spain didn’t record a net loss over the summer, while the average amount spent was higher in Germany.


  1. I think there is some kind of uncertainy in Bundesliga right now.Nobody knows where he stands right now.
    Last season was kinda bonkers season.Low budget teams qualified for Europe while regular contenders for europe (Leverkusen,Wolfsburg,Schalke, Gladbach) battled near the relegation zone.
    Plastic clubs like Hoffenheim and Leipzig demanding a place at the sun as well now.

    All got shaken up a little.Spending little is a result of the uncertainy among the old-established clubs.

    Big things will come I guess.


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