Bayern Munich has shown great eagerness to explore several markets across the globe for player recruitment. They acted quickly when Alphonso Davies was shining in MLS for Vancouver Whitecaps. The proactive approach from Bayern to sign Davies has turned out to be a masterstroke as the Canadian has become one of the best left-backs in the world.
Several top clubs are looking to invest in cooperation with South American clubs for sporting and business reasons. In simple terms, these acquired clubs or clubs joining the cooperation with bigger ones may become a feeder club. It does look like Bayern has also identified one particular club to invest in the near future.
According to ESPN Deportes (via iMiaSanMia), Bayern wants to invest in Uruguay by acquiring first-division club Atletico River Plate. The Bavarian club will make this investment through Sports Limited Company, which will allow them to manage all men’s teams of the club.
The report from ESPN also insists that Die Roten will form a three-party alliance with Los Angeles FC if they manage to takeover Atletico River Plate. They already have an agreement with the US club, so it is just a matter of acquiring the Atletico River Plate. The Uruguayan club is currently struggling financially, so the deal with Die Roten can help in solving financial woes.
Bayern is not the only club working on such types of deals. The City group, owners of Manchester City, have already acquired several clubs across the club. There are significant financial, commercial, and sporting avenues to explore by completing such takeovers.
The Bavarian club can strengthen their foothold in South America by completing this deal. They can improve their brand in Uruguay and tap into the marketing potential in South America. From a Sporting perspective, they can improve the development of Uruguay’s most promising talents. These players can also go on to play for Bayern. On the other hand, players from Bayern’s youth academies can be sent out on loan to the Uruguayan club to get a taste of senior football.
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There has been no mention of the deal to acquire the Atletico River Plate in the German media, so it remains to be seen if Die Roten’s interest is concrete. Previously, Bayern was linked with cooperation with PSV Eindhoven, but the move never materialised. It is the right strategy to follow for the record German Champions, provided they target the right clubs across the globe.