FM 17: Bundesliga Transfer & Wage Budgets

Bayern Munich, Dortmund or RB Leipzig? It’s a tough choice made easier with our guide on the Bundesliga clubs’ transfer and wage budgets on Football Manager 2017.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

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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Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_