Those of a German persuasion will not have enjoyed the Euro 2022 final from several days ago. Football finally came home but that is not the topic of conversation at the moment. The Bundesliga returned this weekend and the opening game saw Bayern Munich put five past Eintracht Frankfurt. Here are the Bundesliga transfers of the 2022/23 summer window to keep an eye on.
Top Bundesliga Transfers of the Season
Adam Hlozek to Bayer Leverkusen
Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick has thrived with Bayer Leverkusen following tough times with the likes of AS Roma and RB Leipzig. Schick is still in place but Gerardo Seoane has gone in for another former Sparta Prague striker. Adam Hlozek is just 20 and has been scoring goals in his home country for years now.
Matthijs de Ligt, Sadio Mane and Noussair Mazraoui to Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich don’t often go out and splash the cash as much as the rest of Europe’s elite. With Robert Lewandowski joining Barcelona and various players coming to the end of their careers, they have made big investments this summer though.
They have a number of the most lucrative Bundesliga transfers, most notably the £60 million laid down on Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt. Noussair Mazraoui arrives from Ajax which is an upgrade at right-back plus Champions League winner Sadio Mane adds firepower to the forward line.
Welcome to #FCBayern, Sadio Mané!
— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) June 22, 2022
Karim Adeyemi, Salih Ozcan and Nico Schlotterbeck to Borussia Dortmund
Just like their league title rivals, Borussia Dortmund aren’t resting on their laurels. There have been a number of new faces brought in, Sebastian Haller being one of them but sadly, he is soon to undergo chemotherapy and thus he will be sidelined for several months.
Elsewhere, Karim Adeyemi has been brought in from RB Salzburg to help replace Erling Haaland. In the midfield, with Axel Witsel joining Atletico Madrid, Salih Ozcan is coming for cheap from FC Koln. Lastly, at the back, Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Sule have also been signed from fellow Bundesliga teams.
Lucas Alario, Mario Gotze and Jerome Onguene to Eintracht Frankfurt
Hlozek is new for Leverkusen and Lucas Alario is on his way out. The Argentinian forward has gone to Europa League-winning Eintracht Frankfurt in search of more playtime.
All three of these big Bundesliga transfers are fascinating in their own ways. Mario Gotze scored the World Cup-winning goal in 2014 but due to his own health issues, has had a stop-start career. After enjoying his football again with PSV in the Netherlands, Gotze has joined Frankfurt.
Lastly, young Cameroonian defender Jerome Onguene joins from Salzburg, the same club that lost Adeyemi this summer.
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Matthias Ginter to SC Freiburg
In one of the most surprising moves of the window, on the surface anyway, centre-back Matthias Ginter is departing Borussia Monchengladbach. He made over 150 appearances for them as well as earning most of his German national team caps whilst being a Gladbach player.
Freiburg is his destination, fresh off of a superb season. Whilst Gladbach finished down in tenth, Freiburg achieved Europa League football.
Matthias Ginter kehrt zum #SCF zurück! Der 28-Jährige wechselt zur kommenden Saison nach Freiburg.
Alle Infos: https://t.co/DyHUE0mhNT pic.twitter.com/ebyB0zufOo
— SC Freiburg (@scfreiburg) May 4, 2022
Ozan Kabak to Hoffenheim
Ozan Kabak failed to cover himself in glory during his time on English shores. With both Liverpool and Norwich City, he was unable to impress and yet has his whole career ahead of him at 22.
The Turkish international is one of the more intriguing Bundesliga transfers as he joins Hoffenheim. Hoffenheim are, like Gladbach, in need of a resurgence and Kabak could learn a lot from the likes of Kevin Vogt and Benjamin Hubner.
David Raum to RB Leipzig
David Raum was one of the most talked about players in Germany last year outside of the biggest teams. Hoffenheim finished just one point ahead of Gladbach with Andrej Kramaric and Munas Dabbur struggling to be as prolific as usual in front of goal.
Raum moving on makes matters worse and it is good for the competitiveness of the league to see him join Leipzig as opposed to Bayern. Him offering competition to Angelino is sensational for Domenico Tedesco.
Florent Mollet to Schalke
Schalke are a major force in the German footballing landscape but they dropped down to the second tier previously. The side from Gelsenkirchen are back in the Bundesliga and so they are trying to make the moves to maintain their place there. At the fore of this is experienced Frenchman Florent Mollet who has been key for Montpellier since joining in 2018.
Jordy Siebatcheu to Union Berlin
Penultimately, to Union Berlin who, like Freiburg, went above and beyond expectations last term. A major loss in the form of Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi puts a dent in that. The former Liverpool man has joined newly promoted Premier League side Nottingham Forest and his replacement is a USMNT hopeful for this winter in Qatar.
Jordy Siebatcheu has scored goals regularly for Young Boys in Switzerland, including against Manchester United, and so this step up comes at a great time for all parties involved.
Der türkische Nationalspieler @ozankabak4 wechselt vom FC Schalke 04 in den Kraichgau und unterschreibt bei der #TSG einen Vertrag bis zum 30. Juni 2026 ✍️
🌐 https://t.co/JD4o0Ujw4b pic.twitter.com/SNiht30VTG
— TSG Hoffenheim (@tsghoffenheim) July 23, 2022
Patrick Wimmer to Wolfsburg
Finally to Wolfsburg and they were really, really bad last season. Wout Weghorst joined Burnley and was unable to keep them up, yet Wolfsburg just about hung on. In the end, they got away from danger but it truly was appalling.
Their Bundesliga transfers reflect this, with a whole new generation being brought through. Twenty-three, 22, 21, 21, 20 and 17 are the ages of players on which money has been spent, Arminia Bielefeld winger Patrick Wimmer at the fore of this. The Austrian arrives for £4.5 million and is just 21-year-old.