German football is so damn hot right now. Fashions wax and wane in European football as frequently as the seasons, but it's clear that right now the league everyone wants to emulate is no longer the Premier League or La Liga, but the Bundesliga.
The majority fan owned club system is no longer seen as a nice but ultimately unsuccessful way of setting up football, with Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Schalke all qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League by topping their groups. German teams have played some of the best football in Europe this season, and it has been based on a sustainable system that is at odds with the Premier League in particular. Amongst all this success, they've even managed to keep ticket prices low, what's not to like?
That must have been what Pep Guardiola was thinking when he chose to take over at Bayern Munich in the summer, and his presence in Germany will only add to the growing reputation of the Bundesliga. This might well have several unwelcome repercussions for English teams in the transfer market.
Firstly, Bayern will be an even bigger draw than before. Targets like Isco who Premier League sides have been monitoring now have a very attractive option in Germany should Guardiola want to bid for them. Given their history and financial strength, Bayern was already a major player in the transfer market, and their influence will grow even further now.
This might even extend to picking out some of the best talent from the Premier League. Even teams like Manchester United and Arsenal have struggled to fend off interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past, Bayern might now be added to the list of sides able to cherry pick players from England's giants. If rumours are to be believed, the first on that list might be Luis Suarez.
Finally Guardiola's presence will create an excitement around the Bundesliga that might make it harder for teams to sign players even from other Bundesliga clubs. With Dortmund gearing up to go head to head with Guardiola's Bayern, players like Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze might be keen to stay for at least another season. This could also extend to their manager Jurgen Klopp, who has been linked with Premier Legaue clubs in the past.
Premier League sides have been struggling to combat the Spanish giants of Real Madrid and Barcelona for the past few seasons, both on and off the pitch. With Guardiola at Bayern, the German side might now also step up to that level, and that will make things even harder for British teams.