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Bundesliga Transfer Review

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Bundesliga may have lost some of its charm because of the dominance of Bayern Munich but the league isn’t still just about them. Borussia Dortmund have regained some of the lost ground last year under Thomas Tuchel and will look to stretch the defending Champions in the 2016-17 season. Also in limelight will be the usual heavyweights Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg among others. We look ahead to what’s happening at each of the clubs in the transfer market.

Bayern of course were off the blocks quickly with the capture of Mars Hummels from arch rivals Borussia Dortmund and Renato Sanches from Benfica. The signings were done under the nose of Manchester United, signaling the intent of the German Champions. More than these signings, the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti to replace Pep Guardiola should feel like an important event. But taking a move out of the team are Mario Gotze, Mehdi Benatia (on loan to Juventus), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sebastian Rode.

Dortmund had to swallow a bitter pill when their captain Hummels abandoned the ship and joined arch rivals Bayern. Although the central defender was a Bayern player earlier, the hurt of losing a player to them once again is a tough proposition. The return of prodigal son Gotze after an unsuccessful stint at Bayern should assuage the feelings somewhat. Even Rode made his way to the club from Bayern. Tuchel has been very busy in the market so far signing impressive talents like Emre Mor, Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembele, Andre Schurrle and Raphael Guerreiro. The exits have been joined by Henrikh Mkhitaryan (who joined Manchester United) and Ilkay Gundogan (who joined Manchester City).

Bayer Leverkusen have signed a clutch of players with the notable name being Kevin Volland from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. For Borussia Monchengladbach, the incoming players have been overshadowed by the exit of Granit Xhaka who joined Arsenal. Schalke have been active too with the prize catch being that of the Swiss teenager Breel Embolo along with Naldo. Wolfsburg have high ambitions and signaled their intent with the capture of Jeffrey Bruma and Yannick Gerhardt but the loss of Schurle and Naldo may come back to haunt them.

The action is far from over in Germany as teams begin to ramp up their preparation for the 2016-17 season. Count on us to update you about all the latest!


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