Bundesliga Winter Transfers: A Wrap Up of the Madness

The clubs in the Bundesliga spent a combined total of 56,25 million Euros for new players this January. This is three times more then last January. While Mark van Bommel and Edin Dzeko, two of the league’s highest profile players, left for greener pastures abroad, new exciting players like Dutchman Ryan Babbel and Korean Ja-Cheoul Koo came to Germany.

If this January frantic transfer activity got the better of you, don’t worry: take a deep breathe, and maybe get a cup of coffee before you continue reading this article, because here is an overview of all January transfers club by club.

Bayern Munich

Signings: Luiz Gustavo (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
Sold: Martin Demichelis (FC Malaga), David Alaba (on loan to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Mark van Bommel (AC Milan) and Edson Braafheid (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim).
Spending: Bayern spent 17 million Euros on Luiz Gustavo, and received 3 million Euros for Martin Demichelis. The Bavarians are 14 millon Euros out of pocket.

FC Schalke 04

Signings: Anthony Annan (Rosenborg Trondheim), Tore Reginiussen (returned from a loan spell at UC Lecce), Ali Karimi (Azin Steel), Angelos Charisteas (Free Agent) and Danilo Avelar (loan from Karpaty Lviv).
Sold: Ivan Rakitic (FC Sevilla), Erik Jendrisek (SC Freiburg) and Jermaine Jones (loan to Blackburn).
Spending: Die Knappen spent a total of 2,5 million Euros on their transfers, and received 3,2 millions for Raketic and Jendrisek.

SV Werder Bremen

Signings: Denni Avdic (IF Elfsborg), Samuel (São Paulo) and Predrag Stevanovic (Schalke 04 II).
Sold: Hugo Almeida (Besiktas Istanbul)
Spending: Werder spent a total of 2,3 millions for their new signings, and sold Hugo Almeida for 2 million Euros.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Signings: Hajime Hosoga i(Urawa Reds), Lucas (returned from a loan at Portuguesa) and Kevin Kampl (returned from a loan at Greuther Fürth).
Sold: Patrick Helmes (WfL Wolfsburg), Hajime Hosogai (on loan to FC Augsburg), Lucas(on loan to 1.FC K´lautern) and Burak Kaplan (on loan to Greuther Fürth).
Spending: All signings of Die Werkself are free transfers, and sold Patrick Helmes for the nice sum of 8 million Euros.

Borussia Dortmund

Signings: Moritz Leitner (TSV 1860 Munich)
Sold: Moritz Leitner (on loan to FC Augsburg), Tamás Hanjal (on loan to VfB Stuttgart) and Yasin Öztekin (Genclerbirligi)
Spending: Dortmund spent 800,000 Euros on buying Leitner, and loaned him straight away to Augsburg for 150,000 Euros.

VfB Stuttgart

Signings: Tamás Hanjal (on loan from Borussia Dortmund) and Shinji Okazaki (S-Pulse)
Sold: Mauro Camoranesi (CA Lanús)
Spending: No money was spent.

VfL Wolfsburg

Signings: Dieumerci Mbokani (on loan from Monaco), Patrick Helmes (Bayer Leverkusen), Tuncay Sanli (Stoke City), Yohandry Orozco (Zulia FC), Ja-Cheoul Koo (Jeju United) and Jan Polak (RSC Anderlecht).
Sold: Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Nassim Ben Khalifa (on loan to 1.FC Nürnberg), Karim Ziani (on to Kayserispor), Vlad Munteanu (Dinamo Bukarest), Caiuby (on loan to FC Ingolstadt) and Andrea Barzagli (Juventus Turin)
Spending: Wolfsburg recived 37 million Euros from the transfer of Edin Dzeko, and spent a total of 19,25 million of that money. On the last day of the transfer window alone, Wolfsburg spent 15,95 million Euros.

1. FSV Mainz 05

Signings: Dragan Georgiev (returned from a loan at SC Paderborn)
Sold: Haruna Babangida (Vitesse), Félix Borja (Puebla), Dragan Georgiev (was on a loan, returned to Horizont) and Morten Rasmussen (was on a loan, returned to Celtic Glasgow).
Spending: None.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Signings: Nikola Petkovic( returned from a loan at Tom Tomsk)
Sold: Cenk Tosun (Gaziantepspor), Markus Steinhöfer (FC Basel), Ümit Korkmaz (on loan to VfL Bochum) and Marcos Álvarez(Bayern Munich II).
Spending: The eagles sold players for 950,000 Euros.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Signings: Roberto Firmino (Tombense), David Alaba (on loan from Bayern Munich), Kevin Volland (TSV 1860 Munich), Ryan Babel (Liverpool), Edson Braafheid (Bayern Munich) and Wellington (returned from a loan at Fortuna Düsseldorf).
Sold: Demba Ba (West Ham), Wellington (loaned to Figueirense), Christian Eichner(1. FC Köln), Kevin Volland (loaned to TSV 1860 Munich), Prince Taoge (loaned to Partizan) and Luiz Gustavo (FC Bayern Munich).
Spending: Die Hoppe spent 11,6 million Euros on new players, and sold players for 20,1 million Euros. The biggest transfer was Luiz Gustavo, who was sold for a whopping 17 million Euros to Bayern Munich.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Signings: Håvard Nordtveit (Arsenal London reserves), Mike Hanke (Hannover 96), Martin Stranzl (Spartak Moscow) and Michael Fink (on loan from Besiktas Istanbul)
Sold: Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker (FC Augsburg), Raúl Bobadilla (on loan to Aris Saloniki), Marcel Meeuwis (on loan to Feyenoord) and Michael Bradley (on loan to Aston Villa)
Spending: The foals spent a total of 1,5 million Euros in this transfer window.

1. FC Köln

Signings: Michael Rensing (Free agent), Wilfried Sanou (returned from a loan at Urawa Reds), Tomoaki Makin(Sanfrecce), Slawomir Peszko (Lech Poznan) and Christian Eichner (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim).
Sold: Faryd Mondragón (Philadelphia), Daniel Brosinski (SV Wehen Wiesbaden), José Pierre Vunguidica (on loan to Kickers Offenbach) and Manasseh Ishiaku (on loan to St.Truiden)
Spending: The Billy Goats spent a total of 600,000 Euros.

SC Freiburg

Signings: Erik Jendrisek (FC Schalke 04)
Sold: Ivica Banovic (on loan to MSV Duisburg)
Spending: Freiburg spent 750,000 Euros in this window.

Hannover 96 

Signings: None.
Sold: Mike Hanke (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Spending: Mike Hanke’s transfer was a free transfer.

1. FC Nürnberg

Signings:  Timo Ochs (Free agent) and Nassim Ben Khalifa (on loan from VfL Wolfsburg)
Sold: Felicio Brown Forbes (on loan to Carl Zeiss Jena), Dario Vidosic (on loan to Arminia Bielefeld), Isaac Boakye (unkown) and Matthew Spiranovic (Urawa Reds).
Spending: No money was spent on the signings, Matthew Spiranovic was sold for 450,000 Euros.

1. FC Kaiserslautern

Signings: Lucas (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen) and Adam Hlousek (on loan from Slavia Prag)
Sold: None
Spending: None

FC St. Pauli

Signings: None
Sold: Davidson Drobo-Ampem (on loan to Esbjerg fB)
Spending: Nothing spent, nothing received.

*The Bundesliga clubs sold players for 75,15 million Euros. Half of that revenue was generated by the transfer of Edin Dzeko to Manchester City.

**The only team that wasn’t active in this transfer window was the Hamburger SV. The dinosaur of the league and the 1. FC Köln had agreed on a transfer for striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, but the transfer fell through, because the fax machine of the HSV was broken. Both teams have made formal complaints to the DFL, and if their complaints are heard by the league the transfer of Choupo-Moting might go forward.

We welcome your comments on the Bundesliga clubs’ efforts in the January transfer window.


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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.


  1. Maybe on paper. But, considering how poor they have played after Dzeko left, they don’t seem to have come out ahead. If they don’t turn the corner Cologne and maybe even Stuttgart will blow past them.

  2. Even though Wolfsburg lost Dzeko, did getting Helmes, Tuncay and Lakic this summer and coming out ahead in transfer fees make them the big winners of the Bundelsiga January transfer window?

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