The season may kick off today, but the Bundesliga transfer window is still open, meaning the German top flight sides can still add to their squads should they see fit. The 18 clubs are thankfully free from the predators of the Premier League (whose window has closed), but the Bundesliga transfer window is open until September 2nd at 18:00 CET.
Most clubs do their business early, but with the opportunity there, many are still wheeling and dealing in the market- even surprisingly Bayern at this stage. So just what are the major rumours doing the rounds on Matchday 1?
Cenk Tosun (Everton to Eintracht Frankfurt)
The decimation of Frankfurt’s thrilling front three from last season has left a lingering doubt whether Gonçalo Paciencia and Dejan Joveljic are enough to compensate the loss of Luka Jovic and Sebastian Haller.
The Frankfurter Rundschau are linking the Adler with a move for an ex-Eagle in the form of Turkish forward Cenk Tosun. Born in Wetzlar, Tosun began his youth career in Frankfurt and moved up to play for the second team. He actually made one appearance for the first team, before moving to Turkey.
He has a contract until 2022 with Everton, but reports claim a €4 million deal could be on the table.
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig to Valencia)
The ‘will he/ won’t he?’ saga over Timo Werner is still ongoing, despite CEO Oliver Mintzlaff seemingly giving the German striker a deadline of the start of the season to decide (for Leipzig that is Sunday).
Bayern’s signing of Ivan Perisic and their apparent pursuit of Mario Mandzukic would seemingly preclude a switch to Bavaria. However, Spanish newspaper AS are reporting that Valencia, flush from their €55 million sale of Rodrigo to Atletico Madrid, are keen on Werner.
Leipzig don’t want to see him go, but neither do they want to see Bayern hoover him up for free next summer. Napoli are also rumoured to be monitoring the situation.
Mickael Cuisance (Borussia Mönchengladbach to Bayern)
The ink is hardly dry on the contract signed by Ivan Perisic, than Bayern are being linked with another acquisition. The 19-year-old French midfielder is unhappy at his lack of game time last season (just 11 appearances) and with Bayern balking at the €40 million fee being demanded from Espanyol for Marc Roca, Cuisance it seems is being considered.
The Fohlen’s manager Max Eberl has confirmed that he hasn’t heard about Bayern’s interest, but hasn’t received a concrete bid- yet.
Sami Khedira (Juventus to 1.FC Köln)
Surplus to requirements in Turin under new coach Mauricio Sarri, ex-German international Sami Khedira could be set for a return to the Bundesliga with newly promoted Köln.
The Gazzetta Dello Sport claim Juve are more than happy to annul the 32-year-old’s contract, but his reported €6 million per year wages will prove a stumbling block for the Geißböcke.
Philipp Max (FC Augsburg to Barcelona)
According to Spanish paper Sport, the Catalan giants are looking at Augsburg leftback Philipp Max as an alternative to Jordi Alba. Last season saw Max go backwards with the Fuggerstädter after a stand-out season in 2017/18.
Last season saw him score 4 and provide just 3 assists after leading the Bundesliga the year previously. Barca would be expected to pay around €20 million- a fee they can well afford, and one Augsburg could do with.
Kasper Dolberg (Ajax to Hoffenheim)
While this is only being touted as a one-year loan, it would be quite a coup for Hoffenheim. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claim the 21-year-old would welcome the chance to kick-start his career in Sinsheim and new Hoffenheim coach Alfred Schreuder would be a big pull factor, having previously been the Ajax co-trainer.
He did score 12 goals last season in the Eredivisie, but has slipped to third choice behind Duran Tadic and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
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