10 Bundesliga Players Who Could Be on the Move This Summer
The madness that is the summer transfer window is rolling around.
With Bayern Munich dominating in the Bundesliga this season, it would seem that many of their competitors will be making moves during the summer to close the gap.
Many players in Germany have been garnering attention from various European sides and from teams within the Bundesliga also.
Whether the players are from Bayern Munich or elsewhere, the talent and potential in the Bundesliga is certainly present in abundance.
Here are 10 players who could be on the move this summer.
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Patrick Herrmann (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Patrick Herrmann has only played for one team during his professional career. He made his debut for that team, Borussia Monchengladbach, in 2008, and finished the game with an assist. It was a 2-1 loss to VfL Bochum. He has four goals and six assists this season in the Bundesliga.
Herrmann plays on the right wing but can play anywhere in the attacking midfield, and he could be a massive addition to a team who are willing to take a chance on the winger.
The 23-year-old German's contract expires in 2016 and he is currently valued at €9.5 million.
With the January transfer window having come and gone without any moves made for Herrmann, the fact that he is being mentioned alongside some of the biggest clubs in the world would indicate that big things are on the horizon for the lively winger.
Matthias Ginter (Freiburg)
There isn't a day that goes by that doesn't involve a fresh rumour about where Matthias Ginter will end up next season. He has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, despite the fact that he just turned 20 in January.
He started and finished all but one of SC Freiburg's games this season (he missed the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich).
The German youngster has rotated from centre-half to defensive midfielder when needed, but he is most comfortable calling the shots in the heart of Freiburg's defense.
He has also been capped once for Germany in their recent 1-0 victory over Chile, and his presence in his national team's jersey should be a regular occurrence in the future.
That his contract with SC Freiburg runs until the end of 2017 could mean that any team interested in his signature will pay his more than his market value of €10 million.
However, given the upward curve that his career appears to be on, it would be an investment worth making for any club in need of help in their defense.
Ginter is a certain starter for the next 10 years who could also be captain material in the future.
Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich)
Mario Mandzukic has been on fire of late for Bayern Munich, scoring 17 goals in 25 games this year, and is really the kind of player who could make all the difference for a team looking for a striker this summer.
His 17 goals rank him as top goalscorer in the Bundesliga.
He plays for possibly the biggest club in the world at the moment, but has been linked with Bayern's competitors.
Robert Lewandowski's imminent arrival in Munich means somebody in the current squad could be shipped out, and the general sentiment is that Mario Mandzukic is that somebody.
Mandzukic is a proven match-winner with a Champions League winner's medal on his resume. His current valuation stands at €23 million, and any team that wants him would have to expect to pay this and more for his services.
Bayern are in no hurry to part with him but could easily cash in on the Croatian, if the right offer comes along.
Roberto Firmino (1899 Hoffenheim)
Roberto Firmino has been turning heads in the Bundesliga this season, with 13 goals in 25 appearances for Hoffenheim.
The 22-year-old Brazilian recently signed a new contract with the German side, which might put a spanner in the works for any team looking to sign him.
The signing of a new contract does not rule out a move completely but will certainly drive his price up in the transfer market.
Given the talents he possesses, that price should not be a problem for a team that is looking for a top-quality player.
What the attacking midfielder offers is both goals and assists. His intelligent, probing runs into the heart of opposition territory are a virtue sought after by many.
His current market value is €15 million, but any team looking to acquire his services can be expected to pay that and more, given the current state of his contract.
Kevin Volland (1899 Hoffenheim)
Kevin Volland has been one of the best players in the Bundesliga this season. With nine goals and seven assists to his name, he has been improving with every game.
Volland has been linked with no less than five clubs this year. The 21-year-old German's current market value stands at €18 million, and this price would be a coup considering how good he could become if he keeps improving.
Volland's game is not based on speed, but he has the guile to get himself into excellent positions. Here is a comprehensive scouting report by Bleacher Report's Allan Jiang that will shed light on just how good he could become.
He has scored nine goals and has seven assists for 1899 Hoffenheim this season and plays predominantly on the right side of a very productive Hoffenheim team.
Hiroshi Kiyotake (FC Nurnberg)
Hiroshi Kiyotake was linked with a move to Aston Villa last summer, but it amounted to nothing. The Japanese midfielder has impressed again this season as a central figure for FC Nurnberg, with three goals and six assists.
Kiyotake is set to feature for Japan in the World Cup, and some good performances could see more interest in him from European clubs.
The technically gifted attacking midfielder could prove a bargain buy this summer, and his current valuation of €10 million could be dropped considering the fact that his contract expires at the end of the 2015 season.
The 24-year-old could be on the move if Nurnberg get relegated, and they currently sit in the relegation zone of the Bundesliga.
Andre Hahn (FC Augsburg)
FC Augsburg have been the surprise package in this year's Bundesliga. From a final-day relegation battle to possible European participants in just a year is quite an improvement.
No man typifies the jump more than Andre Hahn. The 23-year-old's valuation has skyrocketed this season to €4.5 million.
Aston Villa have been linked with a move, and given his standard of play over the course of the season, it is difficult to see more teams not getting involved in the fight for Hahn's signature.
He is predominantly a right-winger but can switch to the left wing, and he has no problem cutting inside from wide to take on central defenders or playing a decisive through ball for his teammates. He has scored 10 goals this season with seven assists and has been in devastating form for a team on the rise.
Hahn's current contract runs until the summer of 2016.
Josip Drmic (FC Nurnberg)
Josep Drmic has been key to Nurnberg's relegation battle so far this season, with 15 goals and three assists in his 25 appearances for them, and looks set to star at international level this summer with his native Switzerland at the World Cup.
Drmic scored the first and second goals of his international career against Croatia in last month's friendly.
With such a fine eye for goal, he looks set to add to that count during the World Cup.
The speedy striker can stretch the best of defenses, and with more and more teams playing a higher defensive line, a player like Josip Drmic can shred an opponent with his clever runs and lethal finishing.
He is currently valued at €7 million.
Leonardo Bittencourt (Hannover 96)
Leonardo Bittencourt signed with 96 Hannover in the summer of 2013, but a move back to Borussia Dortmund has been suggested by Jurgen Klopp recently.
The German under-21 international can play anywhere along an attacking midfield front line but is most suited to a role on the right side of midfield.
He has scored four times this year and has also chipped in with a further four assists for Hannover 96. He is technically balanced and agile, with the ability to create opportunities out of nothing.
Bittencourt would be a steal at his current market value of €4 million, given the potential for improvement that he has shown.
Hakan Calhanoglu (Hamburg SV)
Hakan Calhanoglu, an attacking midfielder for Hamburg SV in the Bundesliga, has been linked with a move to Arsenal, but given the fact that Arsenal currently have an abundance of attacking midfielders, that move would seem unlikely.
The fact that he is being mentioned by such clubs just shows how talented the young player is.
He has penned a new deal with his current club, but Hamburg are currently sitting in the relegation zone of the Bundesliga and could face a drop into the second division next season.
If Calhanoglu's ambition leads him away from Hamburg, he could prove to be a great signing for a club that has him on their radar. He plays as an attacking midfielder but is comfortable on the left wing.
The 20-year-old Turkish midfielder has been capped once for his country, and given his age and potential, he looks set to make many more national team appearances in the future.
His current market valuation is €7 million, but given his contract situation, any team interested could end up paying over that price for the rising star.