The Bundesliga's January involvement in the transfer window has been dominated by the impressive acquisitions of FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, who have strengthened their reputation as two of the biggest clubs on the continent.
Last week, the Bavarians sent shock waves around Europe by agreeing a three-year-deal with former FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to become Jupp Heynckes’ successor at the end of the season. It has been ignored, widely, that 67-year-old Heynckes—in his third spell at the club—was FC Bayern’s first choice, but the former Real Madrid boss refused an extension and will walk away from the coaching scene in the summer.
The club’s second choice is not bad either. Guardiola won 12 honours in his time in charge at the Nou Camp and orchestrated the development of one of the greatest football sides of all-time. Having won the UEFA Champions League twice, the Spaniard has the pedigree, as well as, the desire to learn about Germany and the football culture which he is admittedly an admirer of.
Whilst in Dortmund, sporting director Michael Zorc has quietly gone about his business, tying his squad down on long-term contract behind the scenes in their training camp in Spain earlier in the month.
However, the reigning champions made a massive coup in signing Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin on an 18-month-deal, with the option of an extended stay. The 24-year-old is a boyhood Dortmunder and grew up less than 45 minutes away from Signal Iduna Park where he eventually become an idol to thousands.
The battle between FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund has been turned up a notch for next season with the Bundesliga on everyone’s lips at the minute.
There has been some good business done throughout the league this month—and here are five transfers that went well under the radar in the German top-flight.