It was a pretty disappointing World Cup run for the Germans this summer. It is now time for the German Bundesliga to shine and redeem German football as the new season edges closer. The Bundesliga kicks off on the 24th of August where the champions Bayern Munich face TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as they look to win their 7th consecutive German title.
Here are the top 5 completed Bundesliga transfers so far:
5. Salif Sane – Hannover to Schalke- £6.3m
The Senegalese international has been a solidly consistent figure in the centre of defence for Hannover since he first moved to the HDI-Arena in 2013. Standing at six feet five inches tall, Sane was statistically one of the strongest Bundesliga players in the air last season, boasting an 83 percent success rate from his aerial duels.
The 27-year-old is undoubtedly an imposing figure who is more than comfortable with the ball at his feet – a welcome addition to Dominic Tedesco’s side.
4. Nordi Mukiele – Montpellier to RB Leipzig- £14m
The French youth international could prove another astute purchase to the Red Bull Arena. A talented, industrious defender who is comfortable on the ball and assured in playing out from the back. Mukiele is a defensively sound player who can play at centre-back or right-back and has also impressed when occasionally deployed on the wing.
After moving to the Stade de la Mosson from Ligue 2 side Laval, Mukiele adapted to the rigours of top-flight football remarkably smoothly.
The 20-year-old is set to become a valuable asset to the returning manager Ralf Rangnick next season.
3. Leon Goretzka – Schalke to Bayern Munich – Free transfer
The 23-year-old midfielder who moved from Schalke to Bayern Munich this summer- is regarded as one of the most talented young midfielders in the country. Making his professional debut at the age of 17 in the second tier of German football, Goretzka’s precocious talent earned him his first senior international cap just two years later.
Primarily used as a central midfielder – although he can also be deployed in the roles of defensive midfielder, right winger or as playmaker- his versatility combined with his potency for creating and scoring goals persuaded champions Bayern Munich to move for Goretzka in this summer transfer window, after the midfielder had run down his Schalke contract.
2. Thomas Delaney – Werder Bremen to Borussia Dortmund -£18m
The curly-haired Danish midfielder with an Irish name is the quintessential box-to-box player. An indefatigable, plucky presence who busies himself in the middle of the park by winning tackles, tracking back, defending, supporting attacks and winning aerial duels.
The 26-year-old spent 18 months at Bremen, making 45 appearances and scoring seven goals, with the highlight fixture being on 1st April 2017, in a 5-2 victory at Freiburg that saw Delaney conjure a hat-trick.
Dortmund’s new signing has also been a prominent member of the Danish midfield for the last two years, with Delaney playing in all of Denmark’s four fixtures at Russia 2018.
1. Alassane Pléa – Nice to Borussia Mönchengladbach- €25m
The French forward has signed a 5-year contract with Dieter Hecking’s side to end a lengthy transfer battle between numerous clubs for the 25-year-old’s signature.
Pléa enjoyed a markedly prolific campaign last year to make him one of Europe’s most in-demand forwards; returning from a five-month injury lay-off to record his career-best of 20 goals for Nice last season, who missed out on European qualification in Ligue 1 by a solitary point.
The Lille-born striker explained that the way the club was sold to him in negotiations was key to the transfer:
“They and I had a meeting in February. They came to Nice, they explained their project. Their vision excited me… They thought I was the perfect player to complete their attack because they lacked a profile like mine”.
Blessed with considerable pace, Pléa is equally proficient playing on either side of a front two pairing or as the lone striker to provide an offensive focal point.