Julian Nagelsmann takes a swipe at City, Chelsea and United's spending

‘It’s not easy to spend loads of money, we’re not in the Premier League!’: Julian Nagelsmann takes a swipe at big spending of Man City, Chelsea and United in moan about Bayern Munich’s lack of new signings

  • The transfer window has seen Premier League giants make big-money moves
  • Chelsea broke their spending record with the £98m transfer of Romelu Lukaku
  • Manchester City splashed £100m on former Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish 
  • Liverpool are the only English Champions League side to spend less than Bayern

Julian Nagelsmann has taken a dig at the mega-money signings arriving at Premier League clubs this summer.

The summer transfer window has seen Premier League giants, including Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, make moves for big stars with even bigger price tags. 

Manchester City’s £100million move for former Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Romelu Lukaku’s £98m reunion with Chelsea have a grabbed headlines across Europe. 

Julian Nagelsmann took a dig at the mega-money signings arriving at Premier League clubs

There are currently eight Premier League sides who have spent more than Bayern this summer, with even Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace and Daniel Farke’s Norwich City surpassing their expenditure, having spent £45m and £54m respectively. 

The German side spent £38m to bring former Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano to the Allianz in July, while ex-Reading defender Omar Richards joined on a free transfer. 

And the Bayern Munich boss has now taken a swipe at the English clubs’ splurging, claiming ‘it’s not easy’ for his side to spend lots of money, according to The Mirror.

Dayot Upamecano (right) made his Bayern debut on Friday night after arriving from RB Leipzig

When asked if Bayern intended to make any more signings before the end of the transfer window, Nagelsmann said: ‘We will see.

‘It’s not easy to spend loads of money, we’re not in the Premier League.

‘If it is possible then perhaps we will get in a new player. If not, it’s okay as well and we will work with the players that we have in our squad.’ 



Romelu Lukaku, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish all made big-money moves this summer

The comments come after Chelsea broke their own spending record last week with the £98m transfer of Lukaku from Inter Milan. 

The striker is set to pocket somewhere between £325,000 and £450,00 per week at Chelsea, dwarfing new team-mate N’Golo Kante’s pay by as much as £160,000 per week, according to a report from The Athletic.

The London side sealed the mammoth deal for the Belgian seven years after he first left the club to join Everton for £28m. 

United unveiled their latest addition Raphael Varane on Saturday who joins Jadon Sancho as part of the club’s summer business, racking up a total cost of £126m. 

Raphael Varane was unveiled at Old Trafford on Saturday after signing on a £42m deal

Arsenal spent £75.6m to bring Ben White, Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares to the Emirates 

Local rivals City splashed out to break the record for the most money spent on a single signing in British top-flight football with the £100m acquisition of Grealish from Aston Villa. 

Arsenal have spent £75.6m to bring Ben White, Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares to the Emirates this summer, while Leicester have splashed £60.8m.

Liverpool are the only English Champions League side to spend less than Bayern with £36m Ibrahima Konate the only new arrival at Anfield. 

Meanwhile, their Merseyside neighbours have secured the services of Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic for a mere £1.8m combined. 

Ibrahima Konate (left) is the only new addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad so far this summer

Tottenham, who will play their Europa Conference League qualifier on Thursday, have made only one permanent signing with Bryan Gil joining from Sevilla for £22.5m and Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini arriving on loan deals from Serie A side Atalanta.

Bayern travel to Dortmund tonight for the DFL-Super Cup as Nagelsmann seeks the first trophy of his managerial career and revenge against Dortmund who beat his former side RB Leipzig in last year’s final.

The Bundesliga giants have dominated the German top-flight consecutively winning the league for the past nine years. 

Bayern came from behind to earn a point against Borussia Monchengladbach in their opening game of the season on Friday but Nagelsmann could still look to bolster his ranks this summer as they aim to retain their Bundesliga crown.  

Leroy Sane (right), who joined Bayern last season, featured in their Bundesliga opener

The club splurged £40.5m on Leroy Sane last summer who had his first taste of being a Bundesliga champion in his debut season after winning the Premier League twice under Pep Guardiola. 

However, Bayern reportedly have not generated any cash flow this summer after Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng and David Alaba all departed from Munich as free agents. 

Nagelsmann didn’t rule out the possibility of further additions to his squad though, as he said: ‘We will still do what’s possible in the transfer market and if there are any decisions then perhaps you will hear it.’ 

The manager didn’t appear too concerned about the players at his disposal ahead of their title defence, as he added: ‘We have a good squad, a good team. We have a lot of work to do now for the season.’ 



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