FM 17: Bundesliga Transfer & Wage Budgets


Now that we’ve covered La Liga, Serie A and the Premier League, it’s time to move on to the German Bundesliga. The German first division also doesn’t accrue as much money from TV rights as the Premier League, though German football is particularly well run financially and there’s a number of clubs with a good amount of money to spend, namely Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. What's most striking about the Bundesliga is the number of 'rich' clubs in the league. 

However, the relative lack of money in Germany isn’t too much of an issue as the nation is home to numerous young, bustling and intense academies, so you’ll have plenty of young talent to work with. However, if you are seeking fame and fortune, Bayern Munich is your best choice because of their £34.4m transfer budget. Their squad, though, like many top European teams, is basically pre-made and doesn’t need much work.

Dortmund is always a great challenge for the football ‘hipsters’ of the world and it’s the perfect spot for you to try and implement your counter-pressing tactics. Moreover, you’ll receive £16.6m to play with. Perhaps the most appealing challenge would be to take over RB Leipzig. Backed by energy drink giants Red Bull, they have a £12.9m transfer budget, but that’ll rise with some good performances. They’re Germany’s most hated club and what better fun than to turn such a club into the best in the land?

Team
Transfer Budget
Wage Budget p/w
Wage Current Spend p/w
Financial Status
European Competition (first season)
Augsburg
£861k
£431k
£400k
Secure
-
Bayer Leverkusen
£3.4m
£1.17m
£1m
Rich
Champions League
Bayern Munich
£34.4m
£3.5m
£3.2m
Rich
Champions League
Borussia Dortmund
£16.3m
£1.17m
£1.6m
Rich
Champions League
Borussia Monchengladbach
£10.3m
£852k
£775k
Rich
Champions League
Darmstadt
£1.7m
£283k
£250k
Secure
-
Eintracht Frankfurt
£2.1m
£480k
£450k
Rich
-
Freiburg
£1m
£331k
£300k
Secure
-
Hamburg
£0
£732k
£700k
Okay
-
Hertha Berlin
£2.1m
£506k
£475k
Rich
Europa League
Hoffenheim
£4.3m
£733k
£675k
Rich
-
Ingolstadt
£2.1m
£281k
£275k
Secure
-
Köln
£4.3m
£487k
£425k
Rich
-
Mainz
£861k
£437k
£400k
Rich
Europa League
RB Leipzig
£12.9m
£549k
£475k
Rich
-
Schalke
£8.6m
£1.5m
£1.4m
Rich
Europa League
Werder Bremen
£2.5m
£670k
£600k
Rich
-
Wolfsburg
£25.8m
£1.65m
£1.6m
Rich
-

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