As the summer of football comes to an end and after a pretty disappointing World Cup run, Germany are in need of some impressive signings for the Bundesliga. Hal Walker explores the top five completed Bundesliga transfers this summer.
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 per cent success rate from his aerial duals. 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.
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