Bayern Munich has been accused by league rivals Hoffenheim for snapping up two of its most promising players on free transfers.
Bayern confirmed the signing of striker Armindo Sieb and right back Mamin Sanyang, both 17, and according to Hoffenheim managing director Frank Briel, the loss of highly-rated forward had hurt the club.
“It’s worth discussing at least in terms of solidarity that Bayern-which has a turnover of three-quarters of a billion euros- is now actively pursuing the talent recruitment business. It’s perhaps clever from their corporate strategy perspective, but it hurts us because that’s why we do the work at the academy,” Briel said in an interview for the club magazine.
Apart from the duo, Hoffenheim also lost under-19 captain Amadou Onana to second-division club Hamburger SV.
Bayern confirmed Sanyang’s arrival on June 25 and Sieb’s transfer in May, when Hoffenheim also criticized the Bavarian club because he travelled to Munich for a checkup during the coronavirus-caused lockdown without permission.
Sieb is a member of Germany’s under-17 team despite being born in Brikama, Gambia. He arrived in Germany as a refugee in 2013, when he was 10 years old but will be eligible to play for Germany next year.
Sanyang played 19 games for Hoffenheim’s under-17 team and two for its under-19 team, scoring nine goals and setting up for more.