It’s been another busy season for Bundesliga clubs in the transfer market.
In all, clubs in the top-flight of German football have spent approximately €300m in an effort to improve their squads for the 2020/21 campaign.
With the window closed, here are the top five signings made by Bundesliga clubs this season:
Leroy Sane: Manchester City to Bayern Munich
One of the arrivals to make the most headlines this summer, German winger Leroy Sane arrived at the Allianz Arena to bolster Hansi Flick’s options on the wing. With contract talks stalling at the Etihad Stadium, he joined Bayern for €55m in July and that already looks a bargain.
The 24-year-old already has one goal and two assists in his two Bundesliga appearances so far, dovetailing extremely well with Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry. If he can get anywhere near to replicating the numbers that he produced at Manchester City, then he is surely going to be one of the signings of the summer in Europe and not just in the Bundesliga.
Thomas Meunier: Paris Saint Germain to Borussia Dortmund
Whilst Bayern forked out a considerable amount for one of their marquee signings this summer, their great rivals Borussia Dortmund have welcomed defender Thomas Meunier on a free transfer from Paris Saint Germain.
The Belgian full-back compensates excellently for the loss of Achraf Hakimi, who returned to Real Madrid before sealing a permanent move to Inter Milan. Occupying the right wing-back position in the team’s system, he will be a solid option defensively and is also perfectly capable of contributing further up the pitch. His experience in the UEFA Champions League is also going to come in supremely handy.
For the sheer value of his transfer, Meunier has to be included.
Andre Silva: AC Milan to Eintracht Frankfurt
Away from the traditional top two in the Bundesliga, other clubs have also found fantastic value in the transfer market – one of those being Eintracht Frankfurt.
Having had AC Milan striker Andre Silva on-loan at the Waldstadion last season, the hierarchy at the club were suitably impressed with his performances to strike a reported €9m permanent deal for the Portugal international.
The 24-year-old hit 16 goals in all competitions last season, the second-best scoring season of his career, and he has already picked up where he left off with two goals in the league this time around. Continue that form and the €9m fee paid for the forward is going to look like a bargain despite wide odds of 33/1 with William Hill for him to be named top goalscorer this season.
Jhon Cordoba: FC Koln to Hertha Berlin
From one striker to another as FC Koln surprisingly allowed Jhon Cordoba to depart for Bundesliga rivals Hertha Berlin. After all, he scored 37 goals in 86 appearances for the club including 14 in all competitions last season.
Bringing considerable pace and strength to the Hertha frontline, the Colombian is surely going to be a useful acquisition for the club. In fact, like many others on this list, he has started very well with his new employers with two goals in just a solitary league start.
Felix Uduokhai: VfL Wolfsburg to FC Augsburg
An inter-league transfer that might have fallen somewhat under the radar is the permanent move of Felix Uduokhai from VfL Wolfsburg to FC Augsburg.
The former Germany U21 international linked up with the club last season initially on-loan and was in and out of the starting XI as the Fuggerstädter narrowly avoided a relegation play-off.
Signing a four-year contract for a fee of approximately £6m, he has made the centre-back berth his own, playing every minute as Heiko Herrlich’s men started the new campaign in great form, with two wins and a draw, which includes two clean sheets. Uduokhai also managed to get his first goal for the club in a fantastic 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund.
At just 23, he still has plenty of scope to improve so his arrival in Augsburg could be extremely shrewd.
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