Manchester City’s Erling Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm. Now more English clubs are looking towards the German Bundesliga for some of the biggest prospects in the game. Let’s take a look at some of the players we’d love to see playing in the Premier League.
Bellingham is one of the hottest prospects in the game and is said to be available for a summer transfer. Manchester United reportedly tried to sign the midfielder for £20 million when he played for Birmingham City. He ended up at Borussia Dortmund and has since become an integral part of the first team. He already has 18 England caps to his name and with rumours of renewed interest from Manchester United and Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, he is expected to cost many times the reported £25 million Dortmund paid for him in 2020.
The Canadian international, who can operate as a left-back or as a winger, was identified as a huge prospect at MLS club Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Bayern Munich snapped him up for an initial fee of around £11 million plus performance-related bonuses. In his first season at the club, he won the Bundesliga title and the German Cup. In 2020, the Bavarians were so impressed with him that they tied him to the club until 2025, so any club wanting to secure his services would have to pay a premium for him. He has scored 12 goals in 35 appearances for the national team and was an integral part of the Canada line-up at this year’s World Cup. The 2022 World Cup is wide open, so you can win big with Canada World Cup odds if you pick the winner of this year’s event. Brazil are the current favourites at 5/2, with Jude Bellingham’s England priced at 9/1.
Jamal Musiala began his career at Watford before graduating from the Chelsea academy. Like Jadon Sancho, who moved to Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City before joining English Premier League rivals Manchester United for £73 million last season, Musiala could be a candidate to return to England. He is now a firm fixture in the Bayern Munich first team. He already has two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League victory to his name and is viewed as one of the biggest German prospects for decades. With Musiala already looking like an upgrade on Sancho, any club looking to sign him would have to pay a fee in excess of £100 million to tempt Bayern Munich to part with him.
The financial pull of the Premier League means that German clubs are particularly vulnerable to big-money offers. The latest deal for Premier League television rights is worth over £5 billion to clubs, giving them enormous financial clout. In comparison, the Bundesliga is the poorer relation with TV rights worth around £3.7 billion.
The situation is exacerbated by the lack of rich owners in the Bundesliga, so clubs are under pressure to cash in on talented players when rich English clubs come knocking. Ownership rules in German football state that individual investors are not able to own more than 50% of a Bundesliga club. Although there are exceptions such as RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and Hoffenheim in Germany, a Newcastle-style takeover would not be possible or in many cases even desirable.
This creates an opportunity for Premier League clubs to buy some of the hottest prospects in the game, and for players like Bellingham and Musiala it means English clubs can make up for the mistake of allowing the players to leave the country in the first place.