Borussia Dortmund's CEO has admitted there is a big financial gap between his side and Bayern Munich.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that the gap between his side and Bayern Munich is even bigger following a deal which saw Allianz buy around eight per cent of the German champions.
The deal is thought to be worth €110 million to Bayern Munich which frees them of previous debt and puts them in an even more dominant position than they already enjoyed.
The cash injection boosts the €432.8 million Bild reports that Bayern Munich made last year, leaving the BVB official with no other choice than to admit the gap between the sides just got a lot bigger.
“This development was to be expected, there was probably some time negotiating when the alliance started. I can only congratulate the Bavarians on this business – this is a market economy. The gap with the rest of the league just got a lot bigger,” Watzke is quoted by Bild.
So how do BVB go about reducing the gap in terms of finance between themselves and Bayern Munich?
One option is to consider the idea of big money sales in the summer for one or two key squad players.
Dortmund have several first team stars who would warrant large transfer fees such as Mats Hummels, Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan and that cash would look pretty in the club’s bank account.
However, Jurgen Klopp needs to be respected and he’ll be extremely passionate about clinging onto those stars.
Klopp will always point to the fact that BVB have always been behind Bayern Munich financially, managing to create a sustainable method which has allowed key first team players to develop in their squad.
That won’t change, so it takes pressure away from BVB having to sell simply for the sake of getting a little closer to the bank balance of their arch rivals in German football.
Restructuring sponsorship deals and other commercial business could be the more popular and alternative route that the club goes down.
Manchester United are the perfect example of a club always looking for the next big commercial deal, which is worth more to them financially and Arsenal have also done a big money deal with Puma in recent times which creates extra cash for the club.
Axing players for the sake of generating sales would be counter productive for BVB but the quality and interest in several of Klopp’s main stars means it will be a possibility in the summer.
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