The 31st August saw the closing of the summer transfer window for German clubs and there has been a flurry of activity with players moving both to and from the Bundesliga. Here’s a rundown of the major movers and shakers…
The biggest deal surely has to be the €70 million move, which sees Kevin De Bruyne finally sealing his transfer to Manchester City. The ongoing saga was finally wrapped up with a six-year contract worth a reported €20 million per season for the Belgian.
Wolfsburg wasted no time at all in signing a replacement turning to Schalke’s Julian Draxler. While the fee is officially undisclosed reports claim that a fee of €36 million is involved. For most of the summer, Draxler had been linked with Juventus, but his move to VfL looks a great bit of business from Klaus Allofs and those in charge at the Niedersachsen club.
Joining De Bruyne on the way out of the Volkswagen Arena is Ivan Perisic, who has joined Serie A side Inter for around €16 million. The Wölfe have already spent some of that windfall by signing Brazilian Dante from Bayern Munich for a fee reported to be €4.5 million.
Also leaving the Allianz Arena is Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. The Dane only returned from loan at Augsburg in the summer, but with his chances limited at Bayern, he’s switched to Schalke for another loan spell. Also over at Bayern, Juventus defender Kinsley Coman has arrived on a season-long loan that has cost the Bavarians €7 million.
After a fantastic start to the new season, Borussia Dortmund have moved to sign Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj on loan from Manchester United. Left-back Joo Ho-Park has also joined BVB to provide cover for Marcel Schmelzer. To replace the Korean, Mainz have snapped up Gaetan Bussmann from Metz. In addition, the Null-Fünfer have snapped up Colombian forward Jhon Cordoba from Granada. Also leaving Dortmund were fan favorites Jakub Blaszczykowski and Kevin Grosskreutz, along with Oliver Kirch. Blaszczykowski, 29, has been slowed recently with severe injuries but the explosive winger will get a new chance in Serie A with Fiorentina. The versatile Grosskreutz, a native of Dortmund, is headed to Turkey and will feature for Galatasaray, where he will be joining fellow former Bundesliga players Lucas Podoloski and Hamit Altintop. Kirch, 33,who only featured in 18 matches for BvB since 2012, signed a two-year contract with SC Paderborn 07.
There’s been a fair bit of business over at Bayer Leverkusen with South Korean attacker Son Heung-Min sold to Tottenham for €30 million. However, that has been offset with the signing of Kevin Kampl from Borussia Dortmund. The Werkself have also strengthened by signing Manchester United’s Mexican striker Javier (Chicharito) Hernandez for €11 million.
Hertha Berlin have added to their front line with the free transfer of Bosnian Vedad Ibisevic from VfB Stuttgart.
Augsburg finally lost Abdul Rahman Baba to Chelsea, but the pain was softened by a transfer fee believed to be in the region of €20 million. Greek defender Konstantinos Stafylidis has been signed from Leverkusen to fill his boots. FCA, who are winless in the young 2015/2016 season, also brought former midfielder Koo Ja-cheol from Mainz, who played in 36 league matches for the Fuggerstädter a few years back. FCA also extended the contract of young Greek goalkeeper Ioannis Gelios for another season.
Hoffenheim have added another South American to the Bundesliga ranks with the signing of Chiliean Copa America winner Eduardo Vargas from Napoli. Werder Bremen have trimmed their squad with Izet Hajrovic going on loan at Eibar and Cedrik Makiadi moving to Turkish side Caykur Rizespor.Stuttgart also lost one of their top defenders with Antonio Rudiger joining AS Roma on an initial one-year loan with an option to buy. The Swabians have signed Bosnian international Toni Sunjic from Kuban Krasnodar to temper his departure. Stuttgart have also brought in Australian winger Robbie Kruse on loan from Leverkusen with an option to buy.
Hamburg have snapped up former Werder Bremen midfielder Aaron Hunt from Wolsburg- a move which is sure to irk HSV’s Hanseaten neighbours at the Nordderby.
Meanwhile, midfielder Slawomir Peszko has left 1.FC Koln for Lechia Gdansk, signing a three-year deal with the Polish club. Peszko had featured in 85 matches for the Billy Goats but had not played thus far this season.
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