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Summer Transfer Window: Bundesliga Edition


Finally. It's over. The international transfer window has "slammed shut." You can now put your yellow tie back on the shelf and get back to worrying about matches rather than transfers. Deadline day was a busy one for Bayern Munich who signed their main target before last season had ended and Leroy Sané already showed his world-class talent this season in the Bundesliga. Bayern struggled in week two against Hoffeneheim as they rotated their squad, showing holes in some positions which they decided to rectify on deadline day by bringing Douglas Costa on loan from Juventus, as well as signing Marc Roca from Espanyol, full-back Bouna Sarr in a deal with Marseille that saw Michael Cuisance head the other way, and even added a veteran backup for Robert Lewandowski in Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, whose career has gone from strength to strength since leaving Stoke. Adrian Fein was expected to get gametime at Bayern this season, especially with Thiago gone from the club, but the young midfielder has been loaned to PSV, who also picked up Mario Götze after Bayern flirted with him but decided not to make a move. Javi Martinez has surprisingly stayed in Munich, while David Alaba has stayed as expected despite issues over his contract renewal. Borussia Dortmund's biggest story of the transfer window was the world's biggest story as they stayed firm on their own deadline and asking price to keep Jadon Sancho at the club and annoy millions of Manchester United fans in the process. After August 10, it never looked as if Sancho would leave for United as unlike Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before him, he was not going to go on strike to force a move. Dortmund have strengthened during the summer by annoying United once more to sign Jude Bellingham, while Reinier has arrived on loan from Real Madrid and Thomas Meunier comes in to replace Achraf Hakimi. RB Leipzig lost Timo Werner before their Champions League adventure in Lisbon, and have looked to Alexander Sorloth and Hwang Hee-chan to try to replace his goals. Their surprise signing on deadline day was Justin Kluivert, who arrives on loan from Roma. Like Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach‘s best move was keeping their key players, as Marco Rose was able to bring all his best talent into another season despite links abroad. Hannes Wolf arrives on loan from Leipzig, while Valentino Lazaro is also back in the Bundesliga after a loan switch from Inter. Bayer Leverkusen looked to be the biggest losers of the window with Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland leaving, but smart recruitment has seen Patrik Schick come to the club on a permanent deal despite Leipzig trying to sign him themselves after he impressed on loan last season. Hoffenheim also had their own smart move on deadline day, bringing in Ryan Sessegnon on loan from Tottenham, while Sebastian Rudy returns to the club after an inconsistent spell at Schalke. Wolfsburg's biggest signing is Ridle Baku from Mainz, while Felix Uduokhai has left for Augsburg. Freiburg lost a few key players in Luca Waldschmidt, Robin Koch, and Alexander Schwolow. They brought in Baptiste Santamaria from Angers, while Guus Til could be an interesting loan arrival. Eintracht Frankfurt made Andre Silva's stay permanent, signing him from AC Milan, while also adding depth in midfield and up front with Steven Zuber, Ragnar Ache, Adjin Hrustic and Amin Younes also arriving. Mijat Gacinovic headed to Hoffenheim on a permanent deal while Goncalo Paciencia has been loaned to Schalke. Hertha Berlin continued to splash in the transfer market, signing Schwolow from Freiburg and Jhon Cordoba from FC Köln, as well as the deadline day move for Omar Alderete. The most intriguing arrival will be Matteo Guendouzi who moves on loan from Arsenal. Ondrej Duda headed to FC Köln for a €7m fee, who also signed Union Berlin's Sebastian Andersson to replace Cordoba. Union looked to Liverpool for a couple of their new additions, with Loris Karius and Taiwo Awoniyi arriving on a temporary basis, while Joel Pohjanpalo also comes on loan from Bayer Leverkusen. Max Kruse's spell in Turkey is over and he is back in the Bundesliga after moving to Berlin on a free transfer. Schalke's summer was a disappointing one and they let David Wagner go just a couple of games into the season following a dreadful start. They also saw Weston McKennie leave for Juventus, while Daniel Caligiuri left for Augsburg on a free transfer. Defender Luca Kilian was Mainz's only big signing of the window, while Werder Bremen were able to keep Milot Rashica, but lost Davy Klaassen to Ajax. Newcomers Arminia Bielefeld looked to the loan market to strengthen, with Arne Maier looking to prove himself on loan from Hertha Berlin, while fellow promoted side Stuttgart spent on new additions, including Waldemar Anton, Gregor Kobel, and Wataru Endo. Defender Dinos Mavropanos also will spend the season in Stuttgart after joining from Arsenal on loan.


Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul)

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