German clubs have a tendency to do their off-season recruitment early, so Sports Pundit has decided to take a look at the movement between clubs.
The Title Contenders
Borussia Dortmund Arrivals: Marco Reus (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Julian Schieber (Stuttgart) Departures: Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Lucas Barrios (Guangzhou Evergrande), Florian Kringe (released)
The departure of Japanese attacker Kagawa leaves a major hole for the champions, however that makes Marco Reus’ arrival all the more timely. The talented Germany international will provide a quality attacking threat and should slot straight into the first team.
Bayern Munich Arrivals: Mario Mandzukic (Wolfsburg), Xherdan Shaqiri (Basel), Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen), Dante (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Departures: Danijel Pranjic (Sporting Lisbon), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Nils Petersen (Werder Bremen - loan), Breno (released), Hans-Jorg Butt (released)
The Bavarians are determined to claim silverware this season after finishing runners-up in three competitions last term. The addition of defender Dante boosts their defensive options while Xherdan Shaqiri is a genuine talent.Their departure list doesn’t include any first-team regulars.
Schalke Arrivals: Tranquillo Barnetta (Bayer Leverkusen), Roman Neustadter (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Departures: Raul (Al Sadd), Hans Sarpei (released), Tim Hoogland (Stuttgart – loan), Peer Kluge (Hertha Berlin), Levan Kenia (Zenit St Petersburg)
Boss Huub Stevens has lost veteran striker Raul, but boosted his line-up with the arrival of midfield pair Barnetta and Neustadter who should both slot into their starting line-up.
Bayer Leverkusen Arrivals: Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid), Departures: Rene Adler (Hamburg), Eren Derdiyok (1899 Hoffenheim), Tranquillo Barnetta (Schalke), Michael Ballack (released), Vedran Corluka (Tottenham – loan return), Fabian Giefer (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Bastian Oczipka (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has signed a permanent deal with Leverkusen, while they’ve also added defender Carvajal, but they have lost some key men including Swiss striker Derdiyok along with Barnetta and Ballack.
Werder Bremen Arrivals: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Slovan Liberec), Eljero Elia (Juventus), Nils Petersen (Bayern Munich – loan), Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti (Fortuna Dusseldorf) Departures: Tim Wiese (1899 Hoffenheim), Naldo (Wolfsburg), Marko Marin (Chelsea), Tim Borowski (released), Markus Rosenberg (released), Mikael Silvestre (released), Claudio Pizarro (Bayern Munich)
There’s been some major changes at the Weserstadion, with long-serving players Wiese, Naldo, Marin, Borowski, Rosenberg and Pizarro all leaving, while they have added the impressive Czech full-back Selassie along with promising Dutch winger Elia who has lost his way in recent years. Werder do appear too weak to challenge.
Stuttgart Arrivals: Tunay Torun (Hertha BSC), Tim Hoogland (Schalke - loan) Departures: Timo Gebhart (Nurnberg), Matthieu Delpierre (1899 Hoffenheim), Khalid Boulahrouz (Sporting Lisbon), Julian Schieber (Borussia Dortmund)
Bruno Labbadia has kept things fairly stable after last term’s sixth-place finish. Martin Harnik will again have a key role, while big campaigns from Vedad Ibisevic and Serdar Tasci could propel them into title contention.
Borussia Monchengladbach Arrivals: Luuk de Jong (Twente), Granit Xhaka (FC Basel), Alvaro Dominguez (Atletico Madrid), Lukas Rupp (Paderborn – loan return) Departures: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Roman Neustadter (Schalke), Dante (Bayern Munich)
After last season’s top-four finish, Moenchengladbach have seen some key players move on in Dante, Reus and Neustadter. Boss Lucien Favre has a tough job replacing those key men, with Dutch attacker de Jong and Swiss teenager Xhaka quality additions who will develop and improve.
Hannover 96 Arrivals: Felipe (Standard Liege), Hiroki Sakai (Kashiwa Reysol) Departures: Emmanuel Pogatetz (Wolfsburg), Atlin Lala (Bayern Munich II)
Wolfsburg Arrivals: Naldo (Werder Bremen), Emmanuel Pogatetz (Hannover 96), Bas Dost (Heerenveen), Ivica Olic (Bayern Munich) Departures: Hasan Salihamidzic (released), Tomas Hitzlsperger (released), Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich)
Nuremberg Arrivals: Timo Gebhart (Stuttgart), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Cerezo Osaka) Departures: Albert Bunjaku (Kaiserslautern), Christian Eigler (Ingolstadt), Dominic Maroh (Koln)
1899 Hoffenheim Arrivals: Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Takashi Usami (Gamba Osaka – loan), Filip Malbasic (FK Rad), Eren Derdiyok (Bayer Leverkusen), Stephan Schrock (Greuther Furth), Matthieu Delpierre (Stuttgart) Departures: Daniel Haas (Union Berlin), Knowledge Musona (Augsburg – loan), Andreas Ibertsberger (released), Tom Starke (Bayern Munich), Srdjan Lakic (Wolfsburg – loan return)
Freiburg Arrivals: Max Kruse (St Pauli), Marco Terrazzino (Karlsruhe) Departures: Andreas Hinkel (released), Stefan Reisinger (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
FSV Mainz Arrivals: Junior Diaz (Club Brugge) Departures: Sami Allagui (Hertha BSC), Zoltan Stieber (Greuther Furth), Mohamed Zidan (released), Mario Gavranovic (Schalke – loan return)
Augsburg Arrivals: Aristide Bance (Al Ahli), Ragnar Klavan (AZ Alkmaar), Knowledge Musona (Hoffenheim – loan), Milan Petrzela (Viktoria Plzen) Departures: Marcel Ndjeng (Hertha BSC), Axel Bellinghausen (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Nando Rafael (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Edmond Kapllani (FSV Frankfurt)
Hamburg Arrivals: Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen), Maximilian Beister (Fortuna Dusseldorf – loan return) Departures: Paolo Guerrero (Corinthians), Mladen Petric (Fulham), Soren Bertram (Bochum)
Eintracht Frankfurt Arrivals: Kevin Trapp (Kaiserslautern), Bastian Oczipka (Bayer Leverkusen), Stefan Aigner (1860 Munich), Takashi Inui (Bochum), Olivier Occean (Greuther Furth) Departures: Matthias Lehmann (Koln), Umut Korkmaz (Ingolstadt), Anderson Bamba (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
Greuther Furth Arrivals: Lasse Sobiech (Borussia Dortmund – loan), Zoltan Stieber (Mainz) Departures: Stephan Schrock (Hoffenheim), Olivier Occean (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Fortuna Dusseldorf Arrivals: Fabian Giefer (Bayer Leverkusen), Cha Du-Ri (Celtic), Bruno Soares (MSV Duisburg), Ronny Garbuschewski (Chemnitzer), Axel Bellinghausen (Augsburg), Nando Rafael (Augsburg), Stefan Reisinger (Freiburg) Departures: Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti (Werder Bremen), Thomas Broker (Koln), Sascha Dum (released), Ranisav Jovanovic (released), Maximilian Beister (Hamburg – loan return)