August 3, 2021

Bundesliga: Salzburg made a big plus with transfers

The “cops” let coach Jesse Marsch (for RB Leipzig), top scorer Patson Daka (Leicester City), Enock Mwepu (Brighton), goalkeeper Cican Stankovic (AEK Athens) and defender Andre Ramalho (PSV Eindhoven) go. For Daka alone, his new employer from the Premier League is said to have shed 30 million euros, the transfer fee for Mwepu is estimated at over 20 million. There were also buyers for David Affengruber (Sturm Graz), Majeed Ashimeru (Anderlecht), Patrick Farkas (FC Luzern) and Masaya Okugawa (Arminia Bielefeld), which means that the double winner received more than 60 million euros based on unofficial figures.

The proceeds were again invested mainly in young players. The Pole Kamil Piatkowski (21) came from Rakow Czestochowa, the Argentine Nicolas Capaldo (22) from the Boca Juniors. The “cops” signed striker Roko Simic (17), the son of Croatian ex-team player Dario Simic, as a further perspective player. Otherwise, some recently loaned professionals such as Junior Adamu, Kilian Ludewig and Jerome Onguene returned. The German Matthias Jaissle was promoted from within his own ranks as the Marsch successor – all in all, there was a big transfer plus for Salzburg.

Demir could become king transfer for Rapid

Vice-champions Rapid lost the majority of seven players without a transfer, although Tamas Szanto had declared his career over in April. Mario Sonnleitner (Hartberg) and Deni Alar (St. Pölten) hardly got any appearances recently. Yusuf Demir could prove to be the king’s transfer – albeit with a delay: the 18-year-old jewel moved to FC Barcelona on loan for the time being, which can sign the offensive player in 2022 by means of a purchase option. The green and white newcomers Marco Grüll, Kevin Wimmer and Robert Ljubicic were free of charge, a manageable sum was paid for the left wing player Jonas Auer.

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Barcelona brought Demir on loan from Rapid for the time being but have a purchase option

Rapid is a good example of those clubs that could still do something because of their involvement in European competitions. On the one hand, qualifying for a group stage would mean fresh money that could be used in the transfer market. On the other hand, players with strong international appearances could still recommend themselves for a transfer abroad, then the respective club would have to fill the gaps that have arisen. Puntigamer Sturm Graz, LASK and Austria also play in the European concert.

Hardly any transfer fees have been paid

Only the transfer from Affengruber was required to be transferred from the Graz additions. Manprit Sarkaria came from Austria for free, as did Alexander Prass from FC Liefering. LASK brought home defender Dario Maresic from the French club Stade Reims for a loan fee. A small sum was due to Hartberg for Florian Flecker, ex-Austria striker Christoph Monschein and the Frenchman Yannis Letard came free of charge. The sales of Mads Emil Madsen (Slavia Prague) and Reinhold Ranftl (Schalke 04) brought money to the cash register. Defense chief Gernot Trauner could emigrate abroad.

There was also a lot of coming and going at the clubs that were most recently involved in the relegation group. There was hardly a sporting leadership that did not replace ten players. However, replacements for new acquisitions were only paid very rarely, if at most in the low six-digit range. Loan transactions are still a popular tool in the Austrian Bundesliga.