Bundesliga Transfers: Mainz, Borussia Dortmund Sign New Players from Ligue One

Both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund have reached to France to bring in new talent to their squads, both of which will be involved in European play in the coming season. The 05ers have signed goalkeeper Jonas Lössl of EA Guingamp to a three-year deal while BvB have inked FC Lorient left back Raphael Guerreiro to a four year-deal

Lössl. 27, has been Guingamp’s number one for the past two seasons, making 67 league appearances.  The Dane began his professional career in 2010 with FC Midtjylland, featuring in 127 matches before making his Ligue 1 debut in September, 2014,  The 6’5″ keeper made 22 appearances with Danish youth teams before earning his first cap with Denmark’s senior squad in 2015 and is seen as the man to replace Mainz’ outstanding Loris Karius, who signed with Liverpool FC earlier this summer.

Lössl commented

It’s a dream come true to be able to play in the Bundesliga. I’m from Denmark and have followed the Bundesliga all my life. Mainz are a really special team that play good football and have fantastic fans. I can’t wait to sample the atmosphere in Mainz’s stadium. It’s going to be wonderful and I’m absolutely up for the challenge of playing in the Bundesliga

Mainz Coach Martin Schmidt confirms that

The coaching team, especially goalkeeper coach Stephan Kuhnert, kept a keen eye on Jonas Lössl during the second half of the season.The whole package from his performance statistics, his presence and his personality really impressed us, which is why we focused our efforts on him very early on. He’s a seasoned goalkeeper, who we think can get even better

Raphael Guerreiro, 22, is now the sixth signing of the summer for Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund side.  The son of a Portuguese father and French mother, the French-born back trained at the famed Clarefontaine Academy before becoming a youth player at Caen.  He made his Ligue 1 debut with that club in August, 2013 before moving to Lorient in 2014, featuring in over 100 matches and scoring ten goals for the side from Brittany.  He has made eight senior international appearances for Portugal since 2014, scoring twice.   He is currently in France with the 2016 Euros Portugal squad. Guerreiro will battle for the left back spot with Marcel Schmelzer, although the newcomer has the ability to play in the midfield as well.

Dortmund have now spent 60 million euros on their sextet of summer acquisitions — Guerreiro, Sebastian Rode, Emre Mor, Marc Batra, Mikel Merino and Ousmane Dembele, while earning 62 million euros from the recent transfers of Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan.

Michael Zorc, BvB Sporting Director commented

Raphael Guerreiro is an accomplished, technical player, who feels at home in several positions. We are very happy that he has decided to join Borussia Dortmund

While Dortmund’s latest signing will be occupied with competing for Euro glory with Portugal, BvB opens training on July 4 at their training center in the Ruhr Valley before heading to Kitzbüheler Alps in Alps the next week for training camp and play a friendly match against 1860 Munich.  Tuchel’s boys will tour China from the 21st to 29th of July, playing exhibition matches against both the blue and red sides of Manchester.  BvB will be in Shanghai to play Manchester United on the 22nd and will play Citeh on July 28 in Shenzhen.  Their SuperCup date with Bayern Munich at Signal Iduna Park will be on August 14th.

Mainz, meanwhile, will be training in Colorado Springs from July 9-16, their first venture to the United States.  Besides training, they will play two friendly matches in the Springs between USL PRO side Colorado Springs Switchbacks at Switchbacks Stadium on July 12 and against Mexican side UDG Leones Negros the next night at the US Air Force Academy field.  Before leaving for the States the 05ers will play lower-division clubs RWO Alzey on July 5 at the Wartbergstadion and RWO Alzey on July 8 in Wiesbaden.

Jonas Lössl Joins Mainz
Jonas Lössl Joins Mainz


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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.