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Borussia Dortmund’s clearout continues, with Marius Wolf joining Hertha BSC on loan. Elsewhere on deadline day, Ante Rebic has joined Serie A giants AC Milan and Patrick Schick has moved to RB Leipzig.
— September 2 — And finally, the Ante Rebic move to Milan goes through. You can read more on that one here. — There is confirmation of one deal we’ve been waiting on, as Patrick Schick moves form Roma to RB Leipzig in a one year deal with option to buy. “I’m delighted to be a part of this great, young team and am looking forward to a new challenge and meeting the lads. Of course, I arrive here with the aim of helping the club out as we look to achieve our goals,” said the 23-year-old Czech international on his arrival. With Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen starting the season well, the Red Bulls have plenty of competition up top. — Still no confirmation of Ante Rebic’s loan move to AC Milan though Frankfurt’s sporting director Fredi Bobic and coach Adi Hütter have discussed it. They’re cutting it fine. — Just hours before the Bundesliga’s transfer window was to close, Borussia Dortmund announced that they had sent Marius Wolf out on loan to Hertha Berlin for the balance of the 2019-20 campaign. As part of the deal, Hertha have an option to purchase after the loan expires. The 24-year-old right-sided winger or wing back made 22 appearances for in all competitions for BVB last season, after having joined the club from Frankfurt in last summer’s transfer window. “In Marius Wolf we have acquired a player whose proven dynamism, flexibility and mentality will increase our scope,” said Hertha GM Michael Preetz. For his part, Wolf said he was looking forward to helping his new team as soon as possible. — Meanwhile, Werder Bremen have been busy. The Green and Whites announced that they have sent Martin Harnik out on loan to second-division outfit Hamburg and have bought in Leonardo Bittencourt, also on loan, from Hoffenheim. — September 1 Leipzig are short of a striker now, after Jean-Kevin Augustin left to join Monaco on loan (with an option to buy). — August 30 Schalke have completed the signing of Juan Miranda on a two-year loan deal from Barcelona. The 19-year-old left back was a key player in Spain’s U19 European championship victory this summer. With Jonjoe Kenny playing on the right, this now means Schalke have two young wingbacks with huge potential. The hope, at least for their own fans and those involved, is that they deliver. — August 27 Tuesday brings another return, this time to Mainz. The ZeroFivers have agreed a deal to sign Hungarian striker Adam Szalai from Hoffenheim. Mainz were Szalai’s first professional club in Germany, between 2010 and 2013, and he returns after a season at Schalke and 100 Bundesliga appearances (23 goals) over four years with Hoffenheim. “Adam was with TSG for five years with a short break, [on loan at Hannover] this is a long association in the increasingly fast-paced football business,” said Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen. “During this time together, Adam has scored some important goals for us, such as the 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund in the last match of the 2017-18 season, which significantly contributed to the club’s first ever Champions League appearance.” Szalai has moved on a free and should be available to make his Mainz debut against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Sandro Schwarz’ side are still seeking their first points of 2019-20 after back-to-back losses. — August 26 Eintracht Frankfurt have moved to repalce some of the goals they lost with the offseason departures of Luka Jovic and Sebastian Haller by securing the signature of towering Dutch striker Bas Dost. The 30-year-old joins the Eagles after scoring 76 goals in 83 league games for Sporting Lisbon. Before moving to the Portuguese capital, Dost had a four year spell at Wolfsburg, where he won a Germany Cup in 2015. He’s also picked up 18 caps for his country. Frankfurt looked to have had the deal tied up some time ago but finally tweeted the news on Monday, adding that Dost had signed a deal until 2022. “With his stature and eye for goal, he’s an important building block in our squad,” said the club’s sporting director Fredi Bobic. “His goal ratio is very strong and, of course, we want him to be as dangerous for us as possible.” — August 23 Bayern Munich and Renato Sanches – the marriage is finally over. Sanches, still just 22, has ended what can only be summed up as a nightmare spell at Bayern by joining French side Lille. This comes after a frustrated and public comment about his lack of game time following Bayern’s opener. He leaves for a reported €25 million ($27.8 million) and signs a five-year deal, with the hope of getting his development back on track. Bayern’s work is reportedly not done yet, with the club rumored to be close to signing Spanish defensive midfielder Marc Roca from Espanyol. The summer window continues, even after the season has started. — August 20 A day after signing Stephan Lichtsteiner, Augsburg have again dipped into the transfer market for a defender, bringing in Croatia international Tin Jedvaj on a season-long loan for an undisclosed fee. “Over the past few seasons, I have seen FCA as a club that has successfully facilitated the development of a number of players, and they have made a real effort to get me on board. I’m really happy to be here and I can’t wait to put on the Augsburg colours,” the 23-year-old Jedvaj said in a club statement. “We’re absolutely delighted that Tin has decided to join Augsburg. Despite being so young he is already vastly experienced, with more than 20 appearances for Croatia, and he knows the Bundesliga really well,” said sporting director Stefan Reuter. — August 19 Augsburg have signed Swiss international Stephan Lichtsteiner to a one-year contract. The 35-year-old full-back, who has 105 caps for his country, had been released by Premier League club Arsenal at the end of last season. “We’re really happy that such an experienced player like Stephan Lichtsteiner has decided to join us. He has had such an influential career in Switzerland, France, Italy and England as well as with the Swiss national side and through his experience, he can really bring some extra quality to our team,” said Augsburg’s sporting director,Stefan Reuter said in a club statement announcing the signing. “FC Augsburg are a team that have really been developing in recent years. This will be a real challenge for me, but one that I wanted after my time in England,” Lichtsteiner said. “I feel that I can bring a lot to this young and hungry side and I’m feeling looking forward to doing so.” — August 18 Bayern have acquired 20-year-old French midfielder Michael Cuisance from Borussia Moenchengladbach on a five-year deal for a fee upwards of €10 million. Cuisance was one of the rising stars at Gladbach last season and will provide cover for Thiago Alcantara and Corentin Tolisso in the middle. Cuisance made his Bundesliga aged 18, becoming Gladbach’s youngest ever player, and featured 24 times in his debut season for the Foals — and he ended that season as the fans’ player of the season. Cuisance has represented France at U20 level and Bayern hope he can become a long term option in central midfield. “Now our squad is as complete or as well positioned as we had imagined,” Hoeness said. “At the beginning of July we had too small a squad. We have filled it up with three transfers in the last few weeks or days, and I think it’s filled up with quality.” — August 15 Hoffenheim might well have inched themselves up a few notches in the bookmakers’ estimations with this important late signing to bolster the center of midfield. Diadie Samassekou joins after three inordinately successful seasons in Austria with the all-conquering RB Salzburg. Now 23, he’s signed a five-year deal at Hoffenheim, moving for a fee thought to be in the region of €14 million ($15.5 million), a club record. Samassekou is an accomplished defensive midfield disruptor who can contribute on the ball and has a fine right foot. He even scored direct from a corner for Mali in the African Cup of Nations, the first international goal of his career. “We have often stressed in recent weeks that we would take action on the transfer market again if an opportunity presented itself that convinced us in every regard,” Hoffenheim’s director of football Alexander Rosen said. “Diadie is 100 percent a player who belongs in that category.” “I consciously decided on this club,” Samassekou said on Thursday. “Hoffenheim’s reputation for promoting, strengthening and developing talents is known beyond Germany’s borders.” — August 14 Borussia Mönchengladbach have signed Algerian defender Ramy Bensebaini on a four-year contract from Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes. The 24-year-old was part of the Algeria team that won this year’s Africa Cup of Nations. A statement released by Gladbach announcing the move did not give a transfer fee, but it is reported to be around €7 million ($7.8 million) “Ramy is the player we have still been looking for in our squad. He can play as a left-back or central defender and brings a lot of experience with him from three successful years at a very good club in Ligue 1,” said Gladbach’s sporting director, Max Eberl. Bensebaini is a versatile left-footer but is most comfortable in the back four, left or center — August 13 Bayern Munich have signed Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic on a one-year loan deal with an option to purchase, the club confirmed on Tuesday. “Ivan will help us from the start with his extensive experience at a top international level,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. “He has good technique and he’s flexible in attack. I’m sure Ivan will settle in quickly as he knows both the Bundesliga and our coach Niko Kovac well.” No transfer fee was given, but according to Bild, Bayern are paying around €5 million ($5.6 million) for the loan and the purchase price at the end of the season would be about €20 million. — August 11 Despite a strong performance in the Super Cup win against Bayern Munich, Ömer Toprak is another deemed surplus to requirements at Borussia Dortmund and the Turkish international has joined Werder Bremen on loan. The experienced central defender, 30, said another former BVB man, Nuri Sahin, convinced him to join the Green and Whites. “We spoke about it a lot and he was really enthusiastic about the club. He put in a great word for Werder but it did not take much to persuade me,” said Toprak. Bremen will be Toprak’s fourth Bundesliga clubs after spells at Dortmund, Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen. — August 9 Just two hours after Dortmund announced Philipp’s move, the Bundesliga outfit confirmed that Shinji Kagawa would join La Liga side Real Zaragoza. The Japanese playmaker was an influential figure in his first spell at Dortmund, picking up two league titles in his two seasons at the club before his move to Manchester United in 2012. But neither that move, nor his return to Dortmund in 2014 have seen him recapture that form. “Shinji is a deserving Black & Yellow who has won titles with our club and always put himself at the service of the team. He’s a role model in terms of professionalism and a wonderful person who will always have a second home and many friends in Dortmund. It was his explicit wish to move to Spain during his playing career. We’ve obviously granted this wish,” said Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc. Kagawa, who had a loan spell at Besiktas at the back end of last season, made made 148 Bundesliga appearances for BVB. Borussia Dortmund have also reached a deal that will see Maximilian Philipp moved to Russian Premier League club Dynamo Moscow, where he has signed a four-year contract. The 25-year-old striker had arrived in Dortmund from Freiburg in 2017 and made 51 appearances over the past two seasons, scoring 11 goals. “It was something special for me to play for Borussia Dortmund. I would like to express my thanks to the black-yellow family for their support over the past two years,” Philipp said in a BVB statement. “It is my top priority at my age to get as many minutes as possible on the pitch, that is why I am now looking forward to the new challenges I will face.” No transfe
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