With the big guns getting their business out of the way early, there was little focus on the Bundesliga as the summer transfer window closed, but there were still a few interesting pieces of business concluded on Wednesday.
It was SV Werder Bremen who hit the headlines early on when they acquired midfielder Serge Gnabry from Arsenal. Gnabry, Germany’s highest scorer at the recent Rio Olympics, is highly rated in his homeland despite failing to force his way into the Arsenal starting line-up.
Bremen paid a reported fee of just £5million for the 21-year-old, which appears to represent a good piece of business.
— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) August 31, 2016
While Gnabry arrived at the Weserstadion, defender Leon Guwara was heading for the exit after securing a loan move to SV Darmstadt 98.
Bayer Leverkusen 04 have high hopes for the 2016/17 campaign, but there were no late arrivals for Roger Schmidt’s side. Instead, having signed Austria defender Aleksandar Dragovic earlier in August, defenders Kyriakos Papadopoulos (RB Leipzig) and Andre Ramalho (1. FSV Mainz 05) were allowed to leave on loan.
It’s been a busy few days for Leipzig who signed Brazilian defender Bernardo and Scotland’s teenage star, Oliver Burke, in addition to Papadopoulos. The newly-promoted club have now added Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom to their ranks on a loan deal, with defender Atinc Nukan heading back to Besiktas on loan.
— RB Leipzig English (@RBL_eng) August 31, 2016
VfL Wolfsburg would have been smarting following Dante’s exit, with the defender offering the following parting shot: “You always need a plan and goals in life. But Wolfsburg isn’t a project and no longer has any ambition.” Ouch.
The club were hoping to bring in a big name in the form of Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, but the deal feel through. The Wolves did get one Premier League addition though, with Stoke defender Philipp Wollscheid arriving on loan.
— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) August 31, 2016
However, Swiss midfielder Francisco Rodriguez joined FC Lucerne on loan for the remainder of the 2016/17 season.
Also swapping England for Germany is Everton forward Shani Tarashaj who has completed a season-long loan deal with Eintracht Frankfurt.
— Eintracht Frankfurt (@eintracht_eng) August 31, 2016
In a big signing for FC Augsburg, Austria international centre-back Martin Hinteregger joined the club from FC Salzburg. The 23-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, signed a two-year deal.
Hamburger SV strengthened their defence with the signing of Olympic gold-medal winner Douglas Santos. The 22-year-old left-back has signed a five-year deal.
FC Ingolstadt 04 meanwhile have signed defender Marcel Tisserand from Monaco on a four-year deal.
— FC Ingolstadt 04_EN (@Schanzer_EN) August 31, 2016