Now that the season is nearly completed, it’s time to think about the summer transfer window, and how the Bundesliga clubs can upgrade and push for the Champions League, the title and survival. And this summer, just like every summer window, there are some star players on smaller clubs and bigger clubs who look like they are going to leave. Last season, stars like Kevin De Bruyne left and others like Arturo Vidal and Julian Draxler were on the move to new clubs as well. And this season, there are several stars who could be on their way out The reasons for all of these moves vary, but let’s see who likely to leave their club this summer.
- Ron-Robert Zieler: Hannover 96
This is the most obvious move of all, with Hanover already knowing that they will be in the 2.Bundesliga next season. And while his team is going down hill, Zieler is in the prime of his career at 27, and he’s not going to spend his best years in the second division. With the international reputation that the German carries, Bundesliga clubs will surely be calling, and Zieler has already said that he plans to leave. Even though the Bundesliga has a lot of great keepers, many teams will want Zieler as an upgrade or replacement. Especially after how well former Hanover man Lars Stindl has performed since his move to Gladbach, the bigger clubs will just as interested as anybody.
With only a 3.5 million release clause he becomes an even more attractive option for Bundesliga clubs. And after being linked with a move to Man City in February, Zieler hinted at wanting a Bundesliga stay after he was quoted as saying “I feel great here in Germany”. Now it looks like he will stay in Germany, with RB Leipzig, Leverkusen and Dortmund all interested according to Kicker magazine. Leipzig would be the most logical fit with their need for a long-term answer at goalkeeper, and since Dortmund and Bayer have solid keepers in Leno and Burki.
- Kevin Volland: Hoffenheim
When Hoffenheim seemed like they would surely going to be relegated earlier in the season, this move seemed almost as inevitable as Zieler. But now that Julian Nagelsmann has almost completed Hoffenheim great, escape Volland could realistically stay with the club. But being 23 years old, and starting to become a regular for Joachim Low, he and many others feel that an upgrade from Hoffenheim is necessary. And since the German hasn’t had a great season, he might want a change of scenery sooner rather than later.
His age and track record makes him an attractive transfer target, along with the fact that the former 1860 Munich man has a modest release clause of 12 million pounds. Reports indicate that Jurgen Klopp is keen on bringing him to Liverpool, along with Niklas Sule. After the success that he had with Roberto Firmino when he was at 1899, a move to Liverpool would make the most sense. But other reports indicate that Dortmund have shown interest as well, and if they come calling it would be hard for Hoffenheim to refuse.
- Ilkay Gundogan: Borussia Dortmund
If the Dortmund star didn’t just pick up a knee injury ruling out of the upcoming euros, this would be the most certain move on this list, but either way he looks like he’s all but gone. The 25-year-old has been fantastic this season, and his technical ability and athleticism make him one of the world’s best at his position. And after all of the star teammate he’s seen leave the club, the German must feel that his time has come. With a fee of around 30 million euros, almost all of the big clubs in England will be looking at his services.
The English side that seems like his most likely landing spot is Manchester City, who will be giving new manager Pep Guardiola a king’s ransom to spend this summer. Some reports have indicated that a deal is being finalized between the two clubs, but the injury changes everything for Gundogan. After the injuries that he’s had in his career, City might begin to reconsider the transfer but the move is still very likely. And if it’s no City other clubs like Barca will surely consider the move. If Barcelona spent the money they did on Arda last summer, they would definitely pull the trigger for Gundogan.
- Timo Werner: VFB Stuttgart
With Stuttgart in relegation places once again after the embarrassing loss to Werder Bremen, a move for the promising prospect looks even more likely. Even if VFB manage to sneak out of relegation once again, it will be hard for them to keep such a bright prospect like Werner. The Germany u-21 international is blessed with terrific pace and he’s shown his quality with 6 goals and 3 assists this season. At only 19 years of age, he should stay with Stuttgart if they stay up, but the ambitions that he has for his career must be greater than Bundesliga obscurity. Being one of the world’s top prospects, a host of clubs have shown interest in him.
And since he is so highly thought of, reports have linked him with many clubs. Some of which include RB Leipzig, Dortmund, Tottenham and even Liverpool have been linked. Bild is even reporting that Ralf Rangnick would even offer 20 million for his services (assuming RB get promoted), and that Thomas Tuchel sees him as a great fit for his philosophy. If both of those clubs make a push to sign Werner, it will be tough for him to say no. Both of those clubs have the ambition that a top prospect like him has, and after securing Davie Selke this past summer, RB should be seen as favorites.
- Granit Xhaka: Borussia Monchengladbach
It seems like Xhaka just like Zieler is already packing his bags getting ready for a transfer. The 23-year-old central midfielder has had another very good season for Gladbach, and his reputation keeps on growing. Already a fixture in the Swiss national team, people around the world are starting to realize how much talent he has. His technical ability and his dynamic style of play has led Die Fohlen in their top 4 chase this season. With the Premier League clubs having been exposed to his talent in the Champions League and internationally, the English clubs are swirling around the Swiss star.
Reports indicate that Arsenal are going to be where Xhaka ends up, as some reports say that a deal has already been agreed to. The fee is likely going to be from 24-30 million pounds if an Arsenal move does commence, but Liverpool and others have been linked with Xhaka was well. Wherever he ends up, he will only improve the club and he’ll cost enough that Gladbach will be able to get an adequate replacement. This transfer shows what England’s money could do to the Bundesliga by taking stars like Xhaka away before their prime years. But if Borussia manage to make it into the top 4 once again, he could be swayed by Andre Schubert to stay for at least one more season.
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