Bundesliga Fanatic Summer Transfer Updates Part 2

The players may take their well deserved rest after a long and strenuous season. Sporting directors, agents and managers are now entering their busiest time of the year as the clubs of the league are trying to make improvements to their squads. Here at the Bundesliga Fanatic we aim to keep you up-to-date with all the latest transfers, impending deals and all the latest transfer gossip. This post is going to be updated throughout the entire summer and we’ll try to feature every transfer we hear about.  To review previous transfers, click here.

07/11/2015 – 1100 CET

Schweini nearing Bayern exit

The rumoured transfer of Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is getting ever nearer to becoming fact as growing media reports claim the deal to take the World Cup winner to Manchester United is in its final stages.

The 30-year-old, who has been with the Bavarian giants since he was 14, looks set to leave the Allianz Arena to be reunited with Louis van Gaal at United. The midfield general has gradually lost his key role under Pep Guardiola and with his current contract expiring next summer a move has been mooted for a while.

It seemed unthinkable that Schweinsteiger would ever leave Bayern, but it looks now that he will in fact be moving to the Premier League after all.

The clubs are still to agree a fee, but United are prepared to give the player a huge increase on his salary. Schweinsteiger has made 536 appearances for Bayern since his debut in 2002.

07/10/2015 – 1459 CET

Chelsea Loan Christensen to Gladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach have obtained the services of Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen for the upcoming season, as the Danish teen joins Die Fohlen on a year-long loan.

The 19 year-old came up in the Brøndby IF youth system before signing with Chelsea in 2012.  Christensen has little experience in top-flight football. although he did appear in two Cup matches and one EPL match for Chelsea last season.  He also has been capped twice by the Danish senior national team after making numerous appearances for Danish national youth sides.

Gladbach’s Max Eberl commented

Andreas Christensen is a promising prospect. He can play on various positions in defence. We are happy that we could loan him from FC Chelsea

Christensen can play either in central defense or at right back.

07/10/2015 – 1345 CET

Transfer rumour: Shaqiri set for Schalke

Reports this morning suggest that Schalke could be about to bring Swiss midfield start Xherdan Shaqiri back to the Bundesliga.

Italian transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio believes that the former Bayer Munich man is going to snub a move to the English Premier League with Stoke City and sign for the Königsblauen instead.

The Gelsenkirchen Europa League qualifiers are preparing a €16 million offer to Inter Milan, although sporting director Horst Heldt has been very tight lipped so far about any such deal.

Inter have already lined up a replacement in the form of VfL Wolfsburg’s Ivan Perisic.

07/10/2015 – 1330 CET

Frankfurt target Ryan to follow Trapp

With Eintracht Frankfurt having just sold Kevin Trapp to Paris St.Germain for €9.5 million, the Adler are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper. Reports in Bild claim that Australian Matt Ryan is high on their list of potential replacements.

The paper reports that trainer Armin Veh has turned his attention to Club Brugge’s 23-year-old keeper Ryan. “We have a particular goalkeeper in mind and if we get him then I’ll be satisfied” Veh said. “We will get someone who is proven in a top division regardless of which country it is in” he added.

Ryan joined the Belgian side in 2013 from Central Coast Mariners and helped win the Belgian Cup last season. He’s been capped 21 times by Australia.

07/08/2015 – 1825 CET

Köln go for defensive Plan C

Having failed in their efforts to sign a replacement for Tottenham-bound Kevin Wimmer, 1FC Köln have moved on to a third option at centre-back.

Having failed in their efforts to acquire either Douglas from Dynamo Moscow or Carlos Zambrano from Eintracht Frankfurt, sporting director Jörg Schmadtke has turned his attentions to Frederik Sorensen from Italian side Juventus.

The 23-year-old Dane has been with the ‘Old Lady’ since 2010, but has been regularly loaned out having struggles to come by first-team action. He was at Hellas Verona last season and also helped Denmark to the semi-finals of the U-21 European Championships this summer.

07/08/2015 – 1800 CET

Done deal: Hannover sign Danish star Uffe Bech

Hannover have confirmed the signing of Danish international Uffe Bech on a four-year contract from FC Nordsjælland.

The attacking winger/ forward joins Michael Frontzeck’s side following an impressive season and European U-21 Championship with his country.

“With his pace, he fits our profile for a young player capable of developing” said the Hannover trainer on the signing.

Bech helped the Danes reach the semi-finals of the U-21 finals in the Czech Republic this summer and has three full caps as well. He will wear the number 17 shirt at the HDI Arena.

07/08/2015 – 0419 CET American Bobby Wood Signs with Union Berlin American international Bobby Wood, who scored game-winning goals recently in friendy matches against the Netherlands and Germany, has signed a three-year deal with Bundesliga 2 side 1.FC Union Berlin.  Wood is already training with the club, getting ready for its season opener on July 26 against Fortuna Düsseldorf. The 22 year-old joined 1860 Munich as a youth player in 2007, and worked his way up to the senior squad by January, 2011.  He made his first start for the Lions in October of that year, and has featured in 54 matches for the club, although injuries, coaching changes and international callups seemed to hinder Wood.  Wood spent the Hinrunde on loan with Erzgebirge Aue, where he scored three goals in nine appearances, although he was sidelined with injury during his time at Aue also. Wood’s two big goals for the USMNT pushed his profile upwards, and at one time it was reported that Wood had signed with VfB Stuttgart.  It seems, however, that USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann relayed his thought that Wood wasn’t quite ready for first division football in Germany.  Signing with the Berlin side should be a comfortable fit for the forward, considering their strong fan base and solid status in Bundesliga 2. Union Berlin manager Norbert Düwel commented

We are pleased to have Bobby Wood in our ranks from now.  With him, we get a very fast and robust striker, who both plays for the team, as well as radiating a goal-lust of his own. He brings second-division experience and was recently able to show his class for the US national team. Bobby is on the right development track, which he now has agreed to continue with us.

Wood is the ninth new signing for Union Berlin this summer. bobbywood     07/07/2015 – 1516 CET Sakai Signs with Hamburg VfB Stuttgart fullback Gōtoku Sakai has signed a deal to play for Hamburger SV this upcoming season.  The Japanese international spent three-and-a-half seasons in Stuttgart. The 24 year-old was born in New York City of a Japanese father and German mother, but grew up in Japan.  He joined the youth side of in 2006 and debuted with the senior squad against FC Tokyo in 2009, playing a total of 89 matches in all competitions for the Japanese club before transferring to VfB.  With the Swabians Sakai featured in 106 matches.  He has also made 23 appearances with the Japanese national team. The move reunites Sakai with his former coach at Stuttgart, Bruno Labbadia.  Sakai stated that “Coach Labbadia was one of the main reasons for my transfer. I know what he wants and he knows what I can.”  Labbadia noted that Sakai “has a great mentality and build up play. The outstanding thing about him is the fact that he is strong with both feet.” Terms of the transfer were not released. 07/07/2015 – 1420 CET Done deal: Trapp joins PSG The deal to take Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to Paris St.Germain has been finalised after the player successfully completed his medical with the French side. The 24-year-old keeper has signed a four-year contract with the Ligue 1 giants with a transfer fee of €9.5 million plus extras reported. Trapp becomes Frankfurt’s most expensive sale breaking the previous record of 8.5 million in 1988 for Lajos Detari. Trapp is expected to join his new team mates in Austria for a pre-season training camp on Wednesday where he will compete with Italian Salvatore Sirigu for the number one jersey.

07/07/2015 – 1125 CET Darmstadt sign Rausch Bundesliga newcomers Darmstadt have added to their ranks with the signing of Konstantin Rausch from VfB Stuttgart. The left back has signed a one-year deal at the Böllenfalltor. “I am very happy, after a difficult time for me, to be able to play for Darmstadt. The many discussions I’ve had have given me a good feeling” Rausch said on his unveiling. The 25-year-old signed for Stuttgart in 2013 from Hannover, but the former U-21 international struggled to make the breakthrough appearing just 27 times in two seasons. However trainer Dirk Schuster is convinced the player still has a lot to offer. “Konstantin is a quick and strong player, who proved his Bundesliga quality at Hannover. We are convinced that he can help us to reach our targets” he explained.

07/05/2015 – 1445 CET Done deal: Hamburg sign Emir Spahic Despite recent speculation linking him with a move to Hertha Berlin, former Bayer Leverkusen defender Emir Spahic has officially signed for Hamburg on an initial one-year deal. The 34-year-old Bosnian was released from his contract last season by the Werkself following a violent altercation with a club steward. As a free agent, a number of clubs were after the disgraced centre-back and it is HSV that have succeeded in signing him. Hamburg feel he has learnt his lesson and is worthy of a second chance. The fact that he comes on a free is also a bonus for the Rothosen and follows soon after it was revealed that Gojko Kacar had extended his contract at the club.

 

 

07/05/2015 – 0213 CET HSV Sign Batuhan Altıntaş

Hamburger SV began training Saturday in Switzerland hoping to forget last season and build a stronger squad to kick off the new season in August. One of the new players in Switzerland is striker Batuhan Altıntaş, who joins HSV from Turkish side Bursaspor. The 19 year-old signed a deal through June, 2017 with the red-shorts. It is believed that the transfer fee was in the range of 400,000 euros. Altıntaş has played in 10 matches at Bursaspor but has also represented Turkey at the youth level on 22 occasions. HSV’s Dietmar Beiersdorfer commented “Batuhan is known as a major talent in Turkey who hails from a football family. His father played for Galatasaray. We have been in contact with him for six months now and are delighted to have him finally on board.” In other HSV news, third-choice goalkeeper Alexander Brunst has signed with VfL Wolfsburg. With Brunst leaving, HSV have brought back their former reserve team keeper Tom Mickel, who is headed to Switzerland with the first team. Mickel has been with SpVgg Greuther Furth the last few seasons, playing mainly for their reserve team. 07/04/2015 – 1927 CET Beck Leaves Hoffenheim TSG 1899 Hoffenheim back Andreas Beck has signed a three-year deal with Beşiktaş. Transfer details were not disclosed, although it is speculated that the Turkish club paid a €1.75 million cancellation fee to Hoffenheim. Born in the Soviet Union, Beck’s family moved to Germany when he was three years-old. Beck joined Hoffe in 2008 from VfB Stuttgart, where he’d joined as a youth player in 2000 and eventually featured in 27 matches for the Swabians’ senior squad.  The right back has appeared in 245 games in all competitions at Hoffenheim and was given the captain’s armband to begin the 2010/2011 season.  Beck also earned nine caps with the German national team after representing Germany at the youth level 34 times. Beck’s transfer continues a trend at Hoffenheim this summer which is seeing many veteran players leave the club.  Roberto Firmino was a high-dollar transfer to Liverpool that received a great deal of attention, but Anthony Modeste, David Abraham and long-time Hoffenheim man Sejad Salihović have also departed this summer.

Beşiktaş, Almanya'nın Hoffenheim takımından transfer ettiği Andreas Beck ile sözleşme imzaladı. Futbol Dış İlişkilerden Sorumlu Yönetim Kurulu Üye Erdal Torunoğulları da (solda) imza töreninde yer aldı. (Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman - Anadolu Ajansı)
Beşiktaş, Almanya’nın Hoffenheim takımından transfer ettiği Andreas Beck ile sözleşme imzaladı. Futbol Dış İlişkilerden Sorumlu Yönetim Kurulu Üye Erdal Torunoğulları da (solda) imza töreninde yer aldı. (Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman – Anadolu Ajansı)

07/04/2015 – 1800 CET Stuttgart target Astori as Rudiger replacement With the departure of defender Antonio Rudiger looking all the more likely, VfB Stuttgart have begun the search for a replacement and have identified Italian David Astori as a potential candidate. The Cagliari defender has been reported by Calcionews24 as a player that the Swabians would look to sign should Rudiger indeed depart, although Serie A side Napoli are also watching developments. Capped ten times by Italy, the 28-year-old is under contract to the Sardinian side until 2017, but following relegation to Serie B, it seems likely he will leave. Astori had a loan spell at Roma last season, where he replaced Mehdi Benatia who had been sold to Bayern Munich.

07/04/2015 – 0950 CET Hertha’s Ronny heading East? If the latest rumours are to be believed then Hertha Berlin’s Brazilian playmaker Ronny is off to China. Bild has reported that Changchun Yatai are very keen on taking the 29-year-old to the Chinese Super League. The Chinese club have made a €2 million offer, although it is believed Hertha value Ronny at closer to €3 million with the player under contract until 2017. There is also reported interest from Besiktas, Trabzonspor, as well as Al Wahda FC from Abu Dhabi. Last season the Brazilian made 21 appearances for the capital club, but it has been made clear that he doesn’t figure in trainer Pal Dardai’s plans for next season. 07/04/2015 – 0940 CET Done deal: Milos Jojic joins Köln The deal to take Serbian U-21 star Milos Jojic to 1 FC Köln has now been officially confirmed. According to Kicker, the Geisböcke are going to pay around 3 million for the talented midfielder and had the Serbian a two-year contract.  On Friday evening the 23-year-old was spotted at the city’s train station and had photos taken with fans. Also close to signing for the Rheinlanders is Schalke defender Felipe Santana. The centre-back has been released from pre-season training to undergo medical checks at Köln. The Brazilian moved from Borussia Dortmund to Schalke in 2013, but was unable to command a first-team berth with the Königsblauen.

07/02/2015 – 1800 CET Done deal: Eintracht secure Abraham signing The deal to take Argentine defender David Abraham from Hoffenheim to Eintracht Frankfurt has been completed with the 28-year-old signing a three-year deal with the Adler. The centre-back’s move has been officially announced on the club’s website after mounting speculation in recent days. “It is nice to be able to play for such a big and traditional club” the player revealed at his unveiling. “For me it is a further challenge in the Bundesliga and I will do everything so that I can fulfil the expectations of the club and its fans” he added. Abraham played 14 times for Hoffenheim last season. “David fits our profile, which we had for a centre-back,” explained sporting director Bruno Hübner. “He is quick, strong in the challenge and that he already has Bundesliga experience means he will have no difficulties settling in.” 07/02/2015 – 1615 CET Done deal: Hoffenheim add Uth to roster The Sinsheim club are certainly getting their transfer dealings in early with the addition of striker Mark Uth from SC Heerenveen now confirmed. The Cologne-born forward has agreed a three year deal with Hoffenheim until June 2018, in a move that will no doubt excite fans of the Hoff. The 23-year-old hit 20 goals last season in the Dutch Eredivisie and will be seen as a welcome addition to the Hoffenheim attacking third after the departure of Roberto Firmino to Liverpool. Manager Alex Rosen has described Uth as: “an exciting and dangerous striker for the TSG offense, who with his style of football and impressive statistics last season, awoke quite an interest in the transfer market.” Uth will link up with the U-21 striker Kevin Volland to spearhead the goal threat for Markus Gisdol’s forward line next season.

07/02/2015 – 1150 CET Hertha to give Spahic a Bundesliga lifeline? Hertha Berlin are reportedly keen on bringing ‘bad boy’ Emir Spahic back from the wilderness with an offer of a contract. The former Bayer Leverkusen centre-back had his contract terminated by the Werkself last season following a violent altercation with a match steward. The 34-year-old Bosnian was proclaimed the best defender in Europe in March by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), and Hertha trainer Pal Dardai is prepared to take a gamble on the disgraced defender. “Basically I believe that he has learnt from his situation,” Dardai told Kicker. “We don’t have to talk about his sporting abilities. He is a top defender with leadership qualities. Naturally he would strengthen us if there were a transfer. But other clubs also want him.” Spahic played 50 Bundesliga games for Leverkusen following earlier spells at Sevilla, Montpellier and Lokomotiv Moscow. He’s been capped 81 times by Bosnia.

07/02/2015 – 1120 CET Bundesliga to bid Aufwiedersehen to Peruvian duo The Bundesliga will bid farewell to two Peruvians this summer following the news that both Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan are on their way out from Bayern Munich and Schalke respectively. Out of contract at Bayern, veteran striker Pizarro is being linked with a move to the Indian Premier League with champions Atletico de Kolkata. The 36-year-old is currently at the Copa America where Peru will battle it out in the third-place play-off. Peruvian papers Depor and Libero have also reported that Farfan is a target for Turkish side Galatassaray. The Königsblauen attacker is under contract until 2016, but has emerged as a key transfer target for the Turkish giants. 07/02/2015 – 0910 CET Bayern approach Kovacic Hot on the heels of signing Brazilian Douglas Costa, Bayern Munich are being linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic. The Bundesliga champions have made contact with the 21-year-old Croatian international according to Italian source Tuttosport. The attacking midfielder is still under contract with the Nerazzurri until 2019, but has still be a name appearing in the transfer news over recent weeks after telling Tuttosport. “I’ve just extended my contract and so don’t expect a change of club. But you never know what will happen in the transfer market.” Kovacic scored five goals in 35 appearance in Serie A last season and it also attracting interest from Liverpool. He would come cheap however with a valuation of at least €22 million on his head.

07/01/2015 – 2145 CET Augsburg extend with Baier and target Hojbjerg return Europa League qualifiers FC Augsburg have been handed a boost on their return to pre-season training with the news that Daniel Baier has extended his contract until 2018. “I have never made a secret of the fact that my family and I feel very settled here in Augsburg. I also said that I never had the intention of leaving to go to another Bundesliga club, because last year was fantastic” explained the 31-year-old. Baier has become a key player with the Fuggerstädter since his arrival in 2008. Last season he was an ever-present missing just five minutes of Bundesliga action all season. “Daniel has been central to the development of FCA in the past few years” said manager Stefan Reuter. “His appearance statistics alone show the worth he enjoys with the team. He is a leading player, who identifies with the club. Therefore we are delighted that he has tied himself to the club”. Meanwhile, speculation has also arisen that midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could be set for a surprise second loan-spell at Augsburg with Stefan Reuter telling Sportbild that, “If there were a signal [of a possible loan], then that would naturally be of interest to us. We could very much imagine him in our side.” 07/01/2015 – 2100 CET Transfer poker over: Gundogan extends at BVB The ongoing transfer saga over German international midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is finally over- he’s staying with Borussia Dortmund. The 24-year-old has committed his future at the Signal-Iduna Park by signing an extension to his contract that will see him tied to the club now until 2017. The player had announced in April that he would be leaving at the end of last season sparking speculation of a move to either Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Manchester United. However, the Ruhr club under new trainer Thomas Tuchel, have persuaded Gundogan to remain at the club. “The first day of pre-season is over and it’s been great fun to work with the coaches and team-mates” he said today. “I am glad that we finally have clarity and I can continue playing with Dortmund. I direct the focus from now on entirely on the preparation [for the new season].” The news will come as a real boost for Dortmund fans after Mats Hummels also committed his future to the club.

07/01/2015 – 1815 CET Hamburg sign Holtby on permanent deal Hamburg have completed a permanent move for Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby following a loan spell with HSV last season. The 24-year-old signed for the Londoners back in 2013 from Schalke and played 42 games for Spurs before a loan spell at Fulham. He spent much of last season on loan with die Rothosen and they club have moved to make the switch permanent. “We have reached agreement with Hamburg for the permanent transfer of Lewis Holtby,” a statement on Spurs’ website read. “The midfielder joined the Bundesliga side on a one-year loan in September, 2014, with a view to a permanent transfer. “This option has now been exercised and Lewis leaves us having made 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals, following his arrival from Schalke 04 in 2013. We wish Lewis all the best for the future.”

07/01/2015 – 1800 CET Ingolstadt sign Norwegian keeper Nyland Newly promoted FC Ingolstadt have increased the competition for their goalkeeping jersey with the acquisition of Norwegian international Örjan Nyland from Molde FK. The arrival of the 24-year-old will put pressure on current first-choice Ramazan Özcan, although it comes as quite a surprise that Ingolstadt have pulled off the transfer with the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Celtic also reportedly after his signature. “Ingolstadt have a fantastic season behind them and their performances convinced me” the keeper said. Nyland has signed a long-term contract with die Schanzern running until June 2019.

07/01/2015 – 0405 CET Felix Klaus Headed to Hannover  German U-21 international Felix Klaus is leaving demoted FC Freiburg, joining Hannover 96 on a four-year deal.  The midfielder, a native of Osnabrück, won’t report to training until mid-July, as 96ers Coach Michael Frontzeck is granting the youngster a break following his activity in this summer’s Euro U-21 tournament. Klaus will bring not only the experience of international competition, but also a CV that includes 52 appearances in Bundesliga action with SC Freiburg.  Last season Klaus appeared in 31 games for Freiburg, starting 27.  He scored two goals, chipped in with two assists, and completed 68% of his 609 passing attempts while garnering five yellow cards. He joined the Black Forest club after featuring with SpVgg Greuther Fürth, where he appeared in 62 matches with the senior squad after joining the Bavarian club as a youth player in 2006. Hannover’s Dirk Dufner expressed his thoughts on the signing

Despite having other Bundesliga offers, Felix Klaus turned them all down and decided to pick Hannover 96 which makes us happy. During our negotiations we showed him our perspective that he will be an important part of a young team. He is the right man for the job and will strengthen our team.

felix klaus 06/30/2015 – 0333 CET VfB Stuttgart with More Changes Management at VfB Stuttgart have made plenty of changes since the end of a near-disastrous 2014/2015 season.  Former RB Leipzig coach Alex Zorniger takes over on the club’s sidelines following the departure of Huub Stevens, who was able to save the Swabians from relegation twice in the last two seasons.  Recently, starting goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, pretty much a fixture in goal for Stuttgart the last few seasons, has moved to Bayern Munich, while VfB brought in Polish goalkeeper Przemysław Tytoń and midfielder Lukas Rupp. Sporting Director Robin Dutt is far from finished with changes to the roster, though, as the club recently announced the acquisition of goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak from Borussia Dortmund and young attacking talent Jan Kliment from FC Vysočina Jihlava, a club in the Czech Republic’s first division, while backup goalkeeper Thomas Kirschbaum heads off to 1.FC Nürnberg. Langerak, 26, is an Australian international who has earned six caps for the Socceroos. He has been Roman Weidenfeller’s backup since joining Dortmund in 2010 from A-League side the Melbourne Victory, and has made 19 appearances in Dortmund kit.  Langerak signed a three year-deal with VfB and will compete with Tytoń for the starting job between the posts.  Meanwhile, Kliment is a 21 year-old who made four appearance for the Czech Republic’s U-21 squad, scoring four goals.  He has made 31 appearances for Jihlava, scoring three times, while also featuring 13 times for FK Dukla Banská Bystrica while on loan with the Slovak club in 2014. The outgoing Kirschbaum joined VfB from Energie Cottbus in 2013. The 28 year-old played in only nine matches for the Swabians, including a stint this season deputizing for the benched Ulreich.  Kirschbaum was in Der Club’s youth system from 1999-2004 and has also played for 1899 Hoffenheim, FC Vaduz and SV Sandhausen. 06/29/2015 – 2115 CET Transfer rumour: Portuguese U-21 star set to add to Bayern’s riches Germany crashed out of the European U-21 Championship at the hands of Portugal following a shattering 5-0 defeat on Saturday, but there may well be a silver-lining for Bayern Munich fans though with reports linking them with key midfielder William Carvalho Although Pep Guardiola already has an abundance of midfield talent at his disposal, the likes of Xabi Alonso, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm are not getting any younger and move for the 23-year-old could prove wise on the part of the Bavarians. His power, dynamism and vision found no match from Emre Can, Joshua Kimmich et al and Bayern will have to go toe-to-toe with a host of other top European clubs if they are to get the Seleção midfielder to the Allianz Arena. However, the sports paper Correio da Manhã has reported that Bayern are looking to sign Carvalho this summer as a long-term option in midfield. It is believed he has a release clause of around €45 million Although he is currently with the U-21 squad, Carvalho has ten full caps and appeared at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. He has oft been compared to French legend Patrick Vieira in style and stature. He’s expensive yes, but can Bayern afford to let him slip away?

06/29/2015 – 2050 CET Dortmund target U-20 world champion With speculation mounting over the future of striker Ciro Immobile, Borussia Dortmund are extending their feelers for attacking options to cover the Italian should he indeed not return from the birth of his child in his homeland. One player reportedly on the BVB radar is Serbian attacker Andrija Zivkovic from Partizan Belgrade with the Bundesliga outfit already having made contact with the club from the Serbian capital. Zivkovic was a star of the last U-20 World Cup in New Zealand giving a match-winning performance in the final against Brazil from the right-flank. The youngster is under contract with Partizan until 2016, but a move abroad seems inevitable. “Andrija wants to play in the Bundesliga and he wants to move to Germany” revealed his advisor Achilleas Hatzinicolaou. “There is no doubt. He has had enquiries from Spain and Italy. Unfortunately it doesn’t just depend on the player, but also his club” he added. The fact that he is an U-20 world champion may lead Partizan to increase their asking price- something which could deter Dortmund. He is however a huge talent and would surely represent a wise investment on behalf of the Schwarzgelben.

06/29/2015 – 2000 CET Eintracht to bring in Castaignos to bolster attack With last season’s Bundesliga top-scorer Alex Meier out until at least October following his knee operation, new Frankfurt trainer Armin Veh is keen to boost his attack and the club are apparently honing in on Luc Castaignos to fill that role. After the double signing of Stefan Reinartz and Heinz Lindner, Eintracht have turned their attention to the Twente Enschede forward according to Voetbal International. The paper claims an agreement has been reached with the player, while Twente are ready to do business with the Adler with a fee in the region of €2.5 million with a further €1.5 million dependent on conditions being met. The 22-year-old was seen as a major young talent when he moved from Feyenoord to Inter Milan back in 2011, but couldn’t make the breakthrough in Italy. He scored ten goals last season in the Eredivisie, and Eintracht will be hoping he can fill the Alex Meier-sized gap while also fulfilling his clear potential.

06/29/2016 – 0322 CET Mainz Sign Max Beister Shortly after their sale of Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki to Leicester City for £7 million, Mainz picked up attacking midfielder Maximilian Beister on a free transfer from Hamburger SV.  Beister signed a three-year deal with Mainz after a mutual termination of his contract with HSV just days before. The 24 year-old native of Göttingen joined the HSV youth ranks in 2004 before making his debut with the senior squad in November, 2009 against VfL Bochum.  He was loaned to Fortuna Düsseldorf from 2010 to 2012, featuring in almost 60 matches for the North-Rhine Westphalia side, scoring 18 goals.  He played in 46 matches for HSV in the time before and after the loan, scoring eight goals, but only saw 68 minutes of Bundesliga action last season for HSV. Although Beister’s signing comes so quickly after Okazaki’s departure, Mainz management are not considering Beister as a replacement for the prolific Japanese goal-scorer.  Mainz’ Christian Heidel on the acquisition

We have not bought him as a like-for-like replacement for Shinji Okazaki. Maximilian Beister has played at the highest level of German football for several years. We’ve known him and his qualities for a while now

06/28/2015 – 1754 CET Kaiserslautern in the hunt for Veton Berisha? Norwegian newspaper Aftenbladet writes in their online edition that Kaiserslautern had sent a scout to watch Viking Stavanger’s match against Sarpsborg. The hottest property on the Pitch was Viking’s Veton Berisha, who scored 2 goals during the match which brought his season total to 11. The striker’s contract is up by the end of the month and he can leave Norway on a free transfer. Berisha has also been linked With a move to Celtic. The player’s agent has confirmed that Berisha is going to sign a deal with a Club from outside of Norway next week. 06/28/2015 – 1651 CET Petersen joins Freiburg Werder Bremen have managed to sell off one of the Three players the club wants to get rid off before the start of the season. The Green and Whites have now confirmed that striker Nils Petersen is going join SC Freiburg.

Bremen based paper Weser Kurier Writes in their online edition that the transfer fee for the striker is around 2.5 million Euros and that Petersen has signed a 4 year deal at the club. Petersen was on loan at Freiburg in the Rückrunde and scored 9 goals in 12 matches for the Breisgau Brazilians.

06/28/2015 – 1305 CET

HSV bid for Egyptian Ghazal

Hamburg have made an official bid for CD Nacional midfielder Aly Ghazal according to the player himself. The 23-year-old Egyptian international told online football site Kingfut in his homeland, that the Traditionsverein had formally approached his Portuguese employers with a bid.

“Hamburg have been watching me for most of the second half of the season. A few days ago they made an official offer. They are ready to pay the €2.5 million demanded by Nacional” he revealed.

Hamburg were reportedly keen on signing Ghazal in the January transfer window, but signed midfielder Marcelo Diaz from FC Basel instead. Diaz scored just once in eight games (in the relegation play-off with Karlsruhe).

Ghazal made 29 appearances last season in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. He’s been capped four times by Egypt.

06/28/2015 – 1245 CET

Mustafi out, Rüdiger in at Valencia?

Spanish club Valencia might be about to swap one German international defender for another as they look to find a replacement for Shkodran Mustafi- a reported target for Real Madrid.

With the shock news that Sergio Ramos wants to leave the Bernabeu, los Blancos have begun the search for a replacement with Valencia’s Mustafi a candidate.

Sports paper Super Deporte are reporting that Stuttgart’s Antonio Rüdiger is a name high on the list of targets should Mustafi or indeed Nicolas Otamandi leave the Mestalla.

Mustafi, born in Bad Hersfeld, has been capped by Germany at every level from U-16 upwards including eight full internationals, although he has never appeared in the Bundesliga.

His agent Ali Bulut has confirmed there has been contact from Real, but denies that discussions are anything but preliminary at this stage.

Rüdiger has widely been tipped for a move away from the Mercedes-Benz Arena this summer with Chelsea, Wolfsburg and West Ham all mentioned as possible destinations.

06/28/2015 – 1225 CET

Stuttgart put price on Maxim’s head

With speculation mounting over the future of VfB Stuttgart striker Alexandru Maxim, the Swabians have slapped an €8 million price tag on his head.

Sporting director Robin Dutt, more than aware of interest from Hamburg, Hannover and Köln has according to Bild revealed that it would take a bid in the €8 million area for Stuttgart to even consider selling the Rumanian.

The 24-year-old scored just two goals in 26 appearances, but is still attracting the interest of the aforementioned clubs. Maxim signed in the 2013 January transfer window from Rumanian club Pandurii Targu Jiu for €1.5 million.

06/28/2015 – 1210 CET

Juventus target Bayern’s Benatia

Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia is being lined up by Champions League finalists Juventus.

The 28-year-old centre-back is being reported as a transfer target by the Corriere dello Sport. The ‘Old Lady’, keen to build upon last season’s success are seeking to provide competition for Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli.

The Moroccan joined Bayern from AS Roma last summer for 26 million on a five-year deal. It is thought a possible sale of Arturo Vidal could help finance any move for Benatia, who made 15 appearances for the Bavarians last season scoring once.

06/27/2015 – 1101 CET

SC Freiburg: Several changes about to happen

The Breisgau Brazilians haven’t managed so far to keep their best striker of the Rückrunde, Nils Petersen, at the club. Mehmedi has left the club as well, but now it seems that Christian Streich can look forward to a replacement filling the gap. According to Norwegian media reports it seems like Mohammed Abdellaoue is on his way from Stuttgart to the newly relegated club.

The local paper Badische Zeitung writes, however, that the officials at the club are still hoping to secure Petersen’s signature. The striker himself has said several times how happy he was at Freiburg, but it stands to be seen if he’s willing to leave the Bundesliga.

Other players who could leave the club during the summer transfer window include Vladimir Darida, Stefan Mitrovic, Felix Klaus and Mensur Mujdza. Klaus has been heavily linked to Hannover 96 and Mujdza is believed to be on his way to newly promoted side SV Darmstadt.

06/26/2015 – 1630 CET

BVB: Aubameyang going nowhere, Gundogan could stay

It’s all going on over at Borussia Dortmund at the moment. With transfer speculation mounting over Arsenal’s reported interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the club have moved to douse the rumours.

Bild had reported earlier this week that the Premier League club were preparing a 40 million bid for the Gabon striker, but BVB sporting director Michael Zorc stressed the Schwarzgelben are not selling.

There could also be a twist in the on-going Ilkay Gundogan transfer saga with it emerging that staying at the Signal-Iduna Park is very much an option for the much-vaunted midfielder.

Gundogan’s uncle and agent, Ilhan, told Suddeutsche Zeitung that a contract extension is now “clearly an option” and Zorc confirmed in Kicker: “We are in good talks at the moment.”

It would be excellent news for new coach Thomas Tuchel with Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic also staying. Add to that the arrivals of Gonzalo Castro, Julian Weigl and Roman Burki and the squad for next season looks very competitive.

06/26/2015 – 1620 CET

Transfer Rumour: Real Madrid considering Leno swoop

Spanish giants Real Madrid are lining up Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno according to the latest speculation in Marca.

The U-21 international keeper is currently on duty at the European Championships in the Czech Republic and it now remains to be seen whether he actually returns to the Werkself with Real’s interest in him.

Los Blancos are targeting Manchester United’s David De Gea as their first-choice option, but with the Premier League side reluctant to sell, the capital club are reported to have turned their attention towards Leno.

Leno has similar potential to De Gea, but with United playing hard-ball, the Leverkusen custodian would be a cheaper option thanks to his release clause of €18 million.

06/26/2015 -1350 CET

Bayern target Shakhtar’s Douglas Costa

Reports are claiming that Bayern Munich are ready to make Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa their first major signing of the summer.

Both Kicker and Sport 1 say that Pep Guardiola has been observing the Brazilian at the Copa America and claim a verbal agreement is in pace to sign the 24-year-old wide player for around €35 million.

Costa forms part of the core of Brazilian players at the Ukrainian club having signed back in 2010 from Gremio. If he signs Bayern will have pulled off a coup with a number of English clubs also keen on his services (Chelsea amongst them.)

The player has quickly become a favourite of new Brazil coach Carlos Dunga and has made two substitute appearances at the Copa America. Bayern are looking to strengthen their attacking options after the injuries suffered by both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry last season.

06/26/2015 – 1330 CET

Schalke send keeper Wellenreuther to Spain

FC Schalke 04 have agreed to loan reserve keeper Timo Wellenreuther to Spanish second division club RCD Mallorca. The 19-year-old will spend next season in Spain in order to gain more game time.

Last season in the absence of the injured Ralf Fährmann, Wellenreuther made eight appearances for die Knappen including both legs of the Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

06/26/2015 – 0509 CET

Schalke Sign Defender Caicara

FC Schalke 04 have announced the signing of Brazilian fullback Junior Caicara from Bulgarian side PFC Ludogorets.  The 26 year-old signed a three-year contract with the Royal Blues.

Caicara (full name Uilson de Souza Paula Junior) was born in São Paulo and got his first taste of full-time football with Portuguese side Gil Vicente, which he joined on loan in 2010.  He signed with Ludogorets for the 2012/2013 season and became a fixture, featuring in over 125 matches, including 28 European contests, in his three seasons there, all of which saw Ludogorets win the Bulgarian title.

Schalke Sporting Director Horst Heldt commented

We saw last season just how important it is to have two players for each position if possible. With Junior Caicara, we now have another skilled right back in the team together with Atsuto Uchida, who will certainly continue to help us.  We’ve watched him intensely over the past months and are convinced of his ability.

 

 

Junior is massively looking forward to the new challenge; he really wants to take the next step forward in his career and break through at Schalke.

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06/25/2015 – 1702 CET

Milos Jojic agrees to joint 1. FC Köln

According to a report from BILD, Borussia Dortmund midfielder has come to terms with 1. FC Köln on a four year deal.

According to BILD, Köln sporting director Jörg Schmadtke attended Jojic’s match for Serbia’s side at the U21 European Championships in the Czech Republic and managed to reach an agreement with the player. Though nothing has been officially announced by either club, BILD reports the transfer fee will be 2 million Euro.

06/24/2015 – 1858 CET

VfB Stuttgart announces double-signing

Polish keeper Przemysław Tytoń and midfielder Lukas Rupp are both headed to Swabia to join VfB Stuttgart, the club announced Wednesday.

Tytoń also made public his contract-signing today via Twitter, conveniently in English.

https://twitter.com/przemektyton/status/613686202345070593

He would later correct “VFB” to “VfB”.

Tytoń arrives from Spanish club Elche CF, where he was on loan from PSV Eindhoven the last season and posted ten clean sheets in 32 La Liga appearances. In the 22 matches where he did not completely shutout the opposition, however, Tytoń surrendered a staggering 47 goals.

Stuttgart was in the market for a veteran keeper due to the departure of Sven Ulreich to FC Bayern to become the back-up to Manuel Neuer for the defending champion.

Tytoń, 28, joins Thorsten Kirschbaum and Odisseas Vlachodimos as the three keepers on the VfB roster. Kirschbaum, also 28, surrendered 16 goals in six appearances for Stuttgart last season. 21-year-old Vlachodimos arrives from Stuttgart’s second squad, where he posted nine clean sheets in 31 3. Liga matches.

Rupp is a bit more familiar a name to Bundesliga fans from his time with SC Paderborn. The 24-year-old midfielder scored four goals for Paderborn in their 2014-15 Bundesliga campaign, including three of the last four the club would score in their fight against relegation.

Rupp also recorded the only brace scored by a Paderborn player in the top flight, earning him a player-of-the-week nomination.  (Randall G. Hauk)

 

06/24/2015 – 1810 CET

Transfer rumour: Dortmund hone in on Real Madrid talent

It seems as though Borussia Dortmund are closing in on young Spanish talent Agoney Gonzalez from Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old is being courted by the Bundesliga outfit with Marca reporting a deal is close to being tied up for the left-winger. It is believed terms have been agreed by which los Blancos would be able to buy the player back for a set fee in the future.

The player has spent the majority of this season with Real Madrid C, but the side is being disbanded leaving the pat clear for a move. It is believed he will begin with the BVB U23 side, but is earmarked for swift progression following in the footsteps of the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Nuri Sahin and Kevin Grosskreutz.

06/24/2015 – 1800 CET

Köln closing in on Jojic deal

1FC Köln are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign midfielder Milos Jojic from Borussia Dortmund.

Express are claiming the young Serbian is close to moving to the Geißböcke with sporting director Jorg Schmadtke in negotiations with is counterpart at the Signal-Iduna Park Michael Zorc.

Trainer Peter Stöger has reacted a little coyly to the speculation stating, “Let’s see what happens until the end of the transfer period. But we are on the lookout for some creativity.”

Jojic appeared for Serbia at the recent European Championships and impressed in the game against Germany.

06/24/2015 0535 CET

FC Ingolstadt Sign Austrian Left Back

FC Ingolstadt continue to build up their squad prior to their maiden Bundesliga season by signing Austria Wien left back Markus Suttner to a three-year contract.  The Austrian international has spent his entire career with that venerable club, coming up from its youth ranks to join the senior squad in July, 2007, and featuring in almost 240 matches for the club in all competitions.  The 28 year-old also has fourteen caps for the Austrian national team.

Suttner remarked upon his signing

After 14 years in Austria I find it incredibly difficult to leave this great club. But the opportunity to play with FC Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga next season, is an important stage of athletic development for me is. I look forward to this great challenge in the Schanzern

markus suttiner

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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.