Power Ranking the Bundesliga Teams on Their Summer Transfer Window Activity

Stefan BienkowskiFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2014

Power Ranking the Bundesliga Teams on Their Summer Transfer Window Activity

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    The new Bundesliga season may be well and truly underway and featuring all the upsets and fireworks that one would expect from the German top division, but it was only this week that the transfer window slammed shut and condemned each club to the squad immediately available to them. 

    Some last-minute drama was noted on Sunday night—as the German market shuts a day earlier than its English equivalent—with clubs pushing for league titles and teams fighting for survival each pushing for last-minute deals. 

    As such, with the dust all but settled, it is now time to take a look at every club in the Bundesliga and rank them based on how they did over the course of the 2014 summer transfer window. 

Criteria

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    To properly judge one club against another in their pursuits and battles across this summer's transfer window, we first consider how each side did in bringing in genuine quality to their first team. 

    This may seem obvious, but the natural way to judge a club's transfer window activities is by basing it on the calibre of players that they can attract either through a straightforward transfer or a loan deal. 

    The second factor will be judging how much of an impact these players will be having on the team they are joining. The top clubs in the league may be bringing plenty of talent through the door, but unless it's on the pitch pushing them up the table, then it really acts for very little in the grand scheme of things across an entire season.

    Shiny new prospects who will spend most of their time on the bench won't turn our heads as easily as you might think. 

    The final aspect of ranking these sides is, of course, determining whether the club lost or gained more talent over the window as a whole. Every club in the league has lost players over the course of the summer—such is the nature of football—so we will be ranking every incoming transfer against every player who left the club. 

    Each transfer recorded and published in this article was first sourced from the Bundesliga's official website.

18: Paderborn

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    Players in:

     

    Players out:

    • Fabian Scheffer (1. FC Kaiserslautern II)
    • Manuel Zeitz (Energie Cottbus)
    • Sebastian Schonlau (SC Verl, loan)
    • Markus Krosche (retired)
    • Saliou Sane (Holstein Kiel, loan)
    • Rick ten Voorde (FC Dordrecht, loan)

    Despite endless predictions that they would be no more than cannon fodder for the rest of the league, Paderborn surprised us all with their 3-0 win away to Hamburg in their second game of the Bundesliga season.

    The historic win was in no small part down to two players who signed for the club this season: Mortiz Stoppelkamp from 1860 Munich and Elias Kachunga from Gladbach. Suggesting that there may yet be something to this new side.

    If these new players can keep it up, we may have to find ourselves a new favourite to finish bottom of the league this season. 

17: Koln

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    Players in:

    • Tomas Kalas (FC Chelsea, loan) 
    • Simon Zoller (1.FC Kaiserslautern)
    • Kevin Vogt (FC Augsburg)
    • Dusan Svento (Red Bull Salzburg)
    • Slawomir Peszko (Parma)
    • Pawel Olkowski (Gornik Zabrze)
    • Mergim Mavraj (Greuther Furth)
    • Yuya Osako (TSV 1860 Munich)

    Players out:

    • Bruno Nascimento (Estoril Praia, loan)
    • Adil Chihi (Fulham FC)
    • Mato Jajalo (released),
    • Maurice Exslager (SV Darmstadt 98, loan)
    • Kacper Przybylko (Greuther Furth)
    • Fabian Schnellhardt (MSV Duisburg)
    • Koray Kacinoglu (Altinordu)

    FC Koln have kicked off their return to the Bundesliga with a bang, picking up four points from their opening two games of the new season. 

    The club have obviously done well to keep the core players from their promotion together, while adding quality when necessary, such as Yuya Osako from 1860 Munich, to ensure that they can perform on an even playing field with more established top-division sides. 

    Another smart summer from the Billy Goats that should have them put some distance between themselves and relegation. 

16: Werder Bremen

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    Players in:

    • Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray)
    • Alejandro Galvez (Rayo Vallecano de Madrid)
    • Fin Bartels (FC St. Pauli)
    • Raif Husic (FC Bayern Munich II)
    • Santiago Garcia (Rangers de Talca/Chile, loan made permanent)
    • Niclas Fullkrug (SpVgg Greuther Furth, loan return)
    • Joseph Akpala (Kardemir Karabukspor, loan return)
    • Mateo Pavlovic (Ferencvarosi TC, loan return)

     

    Players out:

    • Mehmet Ekici (Trabzonspor)
    • Joseph Akpala (Kardemir Karabukspor)
    • Niclas Fullkrug (1. FC Nurnberg)
    • Lukas Schmitz (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
    • Aaron Hunt (VfL Wolfsburg)
    • Aleksandar Ignjovski (Eintracht Frankfurt)
    • Sebastian Mielitz (SC Freiburg)

    Werder Bremen are almost certainly one of the few clubs that the majority of Bundesliga fans will expect to go down this season, and such pessimism isn't met with much resistance when we look at their incoming and outgoing players this summer. 

    Having lost Aaron Hunt and a number of other first-team players, the club have seemingly made an effort to pick up players from across Europe and Germany's lower leagues. A cheap alternative to proven quality, but a strategy that may backfire if none of the new players are prepared for Bundesliga football.

15: Stuttgart

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    Players in:

    • Filip Kostic (FC Groningen),
    • Oriol Romeu (Chelsea FC, loan) 
    • Daniel Ginczek (1. FC Nurnberg) 
    • Adam Hlousek (1. FC Nurnberg)
    • Florian Klein (FC RB Salzburg)

     

    Players out: 

    • Rani Khedira (RB Leipzig)
    • Johan Audel (FC Nantes, loan made permanent)
    • Patrick Funk (SV Wehen Wiesbaden)
    • Arthur Boka (Malaga CF)
    • Ibrahima Traore(Borussia Monchengladbach)
    • Cacau (released)

    Stuttgart have only managed to pick up one point from their first two games of this Bundesliga season and look set for another troubling campaign ahead. 

    Armin Veh's side mirrored such indecision and poor fortune in the transfer market this summer, losing young starlet Rani Khedira and first-team regulars Arthur Boka and Ibrahima Traore without truly replacing them. 

    Long gone are the days when Stuttgart stood as a strong Bundesliga side. Now they are left with nothing but a side built of loanees, such as Oriol Romeu from Chelsea, and cheap deals from relegated sides, such as Daniel Ginczek from Nurnberg. 

14: Freiburg

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    Players in:

    • Dani Schahin (1. FSV Mainz 05, loan)
    • Stefan Mitrovic (SL Benfica)
    • Marc-Oliver Kempf (Eintracht Frankfurt)
    • Sascha Riether (Fulham FC)
    • Mike Frantz (1. FC Nurnberg)
    • Sebastian Mielitz (SV Werder Bremen) 
    • Admir Mehmedi (loan made permanent) 
    • Roman Burki (Grasshopper Club)
    • Marc Torrejon (1. FC Kaiserslautern)

     

    Players out: 

    • Fallou Diagne (Stade Rennais)
    • Gelson Fernandes (Stade Rennais FC)
    • Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund)
    • Mike Hanke (Guizhou Renhe)
    • Marco Terrazzino (VfL Bochum)
    • Alexander Schwolow (Arminia Bielefeld, loan)
    • Hendrick Zuck (Eintracht Braunschweig, loan)
    • Oliver Baumann (1899 Hoffenheim)

    As now seems to unfortunately be a recurring problem for Freiburg and their coach Christian Streich, the club from southern Germany have once again lost a number of key players this summer. 

    Matthias Ginter and Oliver Baumann will prove almost impossible to replace immediately, while squad players such as Gelson Fernandes and Fallou Diagne also leave holes in the squad.

    Fans will, however, be optimistic with the signings of Sascha Riether and Stefan Mitrovic from Fulham and Benfica respectively, though a hard season waits in store for this small club. 

13: Eintracht Frankfurt

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    Players in: 

    • Slobodan Medojevic (VfL Wolfsburg)
    • Haris Seferovic(Real Sociedad de Futbol)
    • Nelson Valdez (al-Jazira Club)
    • Lucas Piazon (Chelsea FC, loan)
    • Timothy Chandler (1. FC Nurnberg)
    • Makoto Hasebe (1. FC Nurnberg)
    • David Kinsombi (1. FSV Mainz 05 U19) 
    • Aleksandar Ignjovski (SV Werder Bremen)

     

    Players out:

    • Marc-Oliver Kempf (SC Freiburg)
    • Stefano Celozzi (VfL Bochum)
    • Stephan Schrock (Greuther Furth)
    • Joselu (1899 Hoffenheim, loan return) 
    • Sebastian Jung (VfL Wolfsburg) 
    • Pirmin Schwegler (1899 Hoffenheim)
    • Sebastian Rode (FC Bayern Munich)

    Eintracht Frankfurt have never been the sort of club to shy away from extensive transfer activity each season, and this summer was no different, with a number of players coming and going from the club. 

    Although the Eagles lost key players in Sebastian Rode and Sebastian Jung, they have picked up a few smart signings such as Slobodan Medojevic, Timothy Chandler and Makoto Hasebethree players with extensive Bundesliga experience. 

    Frankfurt look more than ready for a mid-table fight in the Bundesliga this season.

12: Augsburg

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    Players in:

    • Abdul Rahman Baba (Greuther Furth) 
    • Caiuby (FC Ingolstadt)
    • Tim Matavz (PSV Eindhoven)
    • Shawn Parker (1. FSV Mainz 05)
    • Markus Feulner (1. FC Nurnberg)
    • Mathias Fetsch (FC Energie Cottbus, loan return)
    • Nikola Djudrjic (Greuther Furth)

     

    Players out:

    • Aristide Bance (released)
    • Matthias Ostrzolek (Hamburger SV) 
    • Ji Dong-Won (Borussia Dortmund)
    • Andre Hahn (Borussia Monchengladbach)
    • Raphael Holzhauser (VfB Stuttgart, loan return)
    • Arkadiusz Milik (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, loan return)
    • Kevin Vogt (1. FC Koln)
    • Mohamed Amsif (1. FC Union Berlin)
    • Bajram Nebihi (1. FC Union Berlin)

    Augsburg will undoubtedly be preparing themselves for a long season ahead this year, with the prospect of relegation a very real possibility, considering the players they lost in the summer. 

    A club of Augsburg's size simply cannot replace talents like Andre Hahn or Ji Dong-Won, who rejoined Dortmund after his loan spell, but they have done well enough to bolster their squad with a series of decent signings. Shawn Parker from Mainz looks like a particularly good piece of business.

    Whether that's enough for the coming season is yet to be seen. 

11: Hannover 96

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    Players in: 

    • Marius Stankevicius (Gaziantepspor)
    • Robert Almer (Energie Cottbus)
    • Hiroshi Kiyotake (1. FC Nurnberg)
    • Ceyhun Gulselam (Galatasaray AS)
    • Miiko Albornoz (FFC Malmo)
    • Joselu (1899 Hoffenheim)
    • Jimmy Briand (Olympique Lyonnais)

    Players out:

    • Szabolcs Huszti (Changchun Yatai)
    • Didier Ya Konan (Al-Ittihad)
    • Sebastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion FC)
    • Christopher Avevor (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
    • Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City FC)

    Hannover have had something of a summer sale this year, with the exits of Szablocs Huszti, Didier Ya Konan and Mame Biram Diouf. Three big players who were key to the club's success in the league and continental competitions. 

    Instead, they have opted to bring in fresh players such as Jimmy Briand and Joselu to bolster a depleted strike force, while Japanese star Hiroshi Kiyotake will undoubtedly be hoping to take up the role of playmaker in Huszti's absence. 

    An exodus of sorts, but one that Hannover have done well to plan around.

10: Hoffenheim

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    Players in:

    • Steven Zuber (CSKA Moskow)
    • Adam Szalai (FC Schalke 04)
    • Jin-Su Kim (Albirex Niigata)
    • Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig)
    • Oliver Baumann (SC Freiburg)
    • Pirmin Schwegler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
    • Janik Haberer (SpVgg Unterhaching)

     

    Players out:

    • Robin Szarka (FC Energie Cottbus)
    • Joselu (Hannover 96, previously on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt) 
    • Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
    • Kenan Karaman (Hannover 96)

    Although Hoffenheim may be regarded as one of the most unlikeable clubs in the Bundesliga, due to their relative lack of history or tradition, they are a genuinely fun side to watch who can beat any team on their day. 

    Fans of the club will be overjoyed at keeping hold of Roberto Firmino for another season while bringing in Bundesliga talent in Adam Szalai from Schalke, Oliver Baumann from Freiburg and Pirmin Schwegler from Frankfurt—all players who can certainly add to an already impressive first team. 

    The loss of right-back Fabian Johnson will be a big miss for the club, considering their already woeful defensive record in the league, but on the whole it has been a very successful summer for Hoffenheim. 

9: Hertha Berlin

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    Players in:

    • Per Skjelbred (Hamburger SV)
    • Julian Schieber (Borussia Dortmund) 
    • Roy Beerens (AZ Alkmaar
    • John Heitinga (Fulham FC)
    • Genki Haraguchi (Urawa Red Diamonds) 
    • Marvin Plattenhardt (1. FC Nürnberg)
    • Valentin Stocker (FC Basel 1893)
    • Jens Hegeler (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
    • Salomon Kalou (LOSC Lille)

     

    Players out:

    • Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburger SV)
    • Maik Franz (released)
    • Adrian Ramos (Borussia Dortmund)

    Hertha Berlin look to continue their status as a confident Bundesliga club this season with a class of player coming in over the summer that should ensure their status as a top-half side with plenty of punches to pull against any type of opponent. 

    Although the capital club have lost Adrian Ramos to Borussia Dortmund, they've done very well to sign Julian Schieber, as well as Salomon Kalou from French side Lille. Add to that John Heitinga from Fulham and Per Skjelbred, as well as a few others, and this squad look adept enough to thrive in Germany's top division. 

8: Hamburg

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    Players in:

    • Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur FC, loan)
    • Julian Green (FC Bayern Munich)
    • Matthias Ostrzolek (FC Augsburg) 
    • Nicolai Muller (1. FSV Mainz 05)
    • Valon Behrami (SSC Napoli)
    • Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hertha Berlin)
    • Zoltan Stieber (Greuther Furth)
    • Artjoms Rudnevs (Hannover 96, loan return)
    • Johan Djourou (Arsenal FC, loan made permanent)

     

    Players out:

    • Milan Badelj (ACF Fiorentina)
    • Per Skjelbred (Hertha Berlin)
    • Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest)
    • Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
    • Robert Tesche (released)
    • Tomas Rincon (released)
    • Dennis Aogo, (FC Schalke 04, loan made permanent)

    Hamburg undoubtedly stole the show on the final day of the German transfer window with the imaginative signings of former Schalke star Lewis Holtby and Julian Green on loan from Bayern Munich. 

    Add to that taking Nicolai Muller from Mainz and Pierre-Michel Lasogga from Hertha Berlin and Hamburg finally look like a team that could actually do alright this season. 

    Fans will be disappointed to see Hakan Calhanoglu go, but overall, it has been a productive summer for the troubled club. 

7: Schalke

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    Players in:

    • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (1. FSV Mainz 05)
    • Fabian Giefer (Fortuna Dusseldorf) 
    • Sidney Sam (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
    • Dennis Aogo (Hamburger SV, loan made permanent)
    • Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan return)

     

    Players out:

    • Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, loan)
    • Adam Szalai (1899 Hoffenheim)
    • Philipp Hofmann (1. FC Kaiserslautern, previously on loan at FC Ingolstadt 04)
    • Lars Unnerstall (Fortuna Dusseldorf, previously on loan at FC Aarau)
    • Timo Hildebrand (released)

    As one of the richest clubs in the German top division, it will come as little surprise that Schalke tend to get who they want in the transfer market. 

    Despite already having a genuinely impressive first-team squad, Jens Keller's side has been boosted by the smart signings of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Sidney Sam from Mainz and league rivals Bayer Leverkusen respectively. 

    Add to that the back-up signings of Dennis Aogo and Fabian Giefer, alongside the departure of club flops such as Adam Szalai and Timo Hildebrand, and you have yourself a very efficient summer for the Royal Blues. 

6: Wolfsburg

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    Players in:

    • Nicklas Bendtner (unattached)
    • Josuha Guilavogui (Club Atletico de Madrid, loan) 
    • Aaron Hunt (SV Werder Bremen)
    • Sebastian Jung (Eintracht Frankfurt)

     

    Players out:

    • Slobodan Medojevic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
    • Vaclav Pilar (FC Viktoria Plzen, previously on loan at SC Freiburg)
    • Stefan Kutschke (SC Paderborn)
    • Jan Polak (1. FC Nurnberg)
    • Nassim Ben Khalifa (Grasshopper Club, loan made permanent)
    • Tolga Cigerci (Hertha Berlin, loan made permanent)

    Dieter Hecking's side have made no qualms about continuing their pursuit of domestic silverware and Champions League qualification this season, with a steady, efficient use of the summer transfer window. 

    The club have held on to all their key assets—Ricardo Rodriguez, Kevin De Bruyne and Luiz Gustavo—despite rumours aplenty suggesting they were off at one point or another, while bringing decent players into the squad such as Sebastian Jung and Aaron Hunt. Even Nicklas Bendtner could bring something to this side. 

    As things stand, Wolfsburg undoubtedly have one of the best squads in the Bundesliga, and that is in no small part down to how well they conducted their business this summer.

5: Mainz

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    Players in: 

    • Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, loan)
    • Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Dortmund, loan) 
    • Filip Djuricic (SL Benfica, loan)
    • Stefanos Kapino (Panathinaikos FC) 
    • Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest FC)
    • Daniel Brosinski (Greuther Furth)
    • Nikita Rukavytsya (FSV Frankfurt 1899, loan return)
    • Pablo de Blasis (Asteras Tripolis FC)

    Players out:

    • Niki Zimling (AFC Ajax, loan)
    • Dani Schahin (SC Freiburg, loan)
    • Nicolai Muller (Hamburger SV)
    • Maxim Choupo-Moting (FC Schalke 04)
    • Shawn Parker (FC Augsburg)
    • Dario Kresic (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

    As we all know, momentum is absolutely everything in modern football, and as such, few clubs within the Bundesliga have concluded this summer's transfer window with as remarkable a conclusion as Mainz. 

    At the start of the summer, things looked grim for this club. Thomas Tuchel had stepped down as first-team coach, Nicolai Muller and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had left for bigger clubs and everything pointed towards inevitable relegation. 

    Yet new coach Kasper Hjulmand has done well to turn it around, bringing in defensive cover in Philipp Wollscheid and perhaps the capture of the window: Jonas Hofmann on loan from Borussia Dortmund. 

    The German attacking midfielder really is quite the signing for the troubled club and could well ensure they have just enough quality to stay in the top division this season. A smart conclusion to the summer window that may have just saved this club a lot of bother come May. 

4: Gladbach

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    Players in: 

    • Thorgan Hazard (Chelsea FC, loan)
    • Andre Hahn(FC Augsburg)
    • Fabian Johnson (1899 Hoffenheim) 
    • Yann Sommer (FC Basel 1893)
    • Ibrahima Traore (VfB Stuttgart)
    • Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United FC, loan return)
    • Matthias Zimmermann (SV Sandhausen, loan return)

     

    Players out:

    • Amin Younes (1. FC Kaiserslautern, loan)
    • Peniel Mlapa (1. FC Nurnberg, loan)
    • Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven)
    • Elias Kachunga (SC Paderborn, loan made permanent)
    • Juan Arango (Xolos Tijuana)
    • Lukas Rupp (SC Paderborn)
    • Marc-Andre ter Stegen (FC Barcelona)
    • Sinan Kurt (FC Bayern Munich)

    Although the late sale of young starlet Sinan Kurt to Bayern Munich will have left a sour taste in many Foals fans' mouths alongside the sale of Marc-Andre ter Stegen to Barcelona, the club can be very proud of their overall activity in this transfer window. 

    Their blockbuster move is undoubtedly the capture of Andre Hahn from FC Augsburg—a fast, intelligent player who has already hit the ground running in Gladbach and should prove to be a fantastic addition to an already very good side. 

    Alongside the German international, they have recruited young Thorgan Hazard on loan from Chelsea and Fabian Johnson. The former should prove to be useful in reserve, while the latter will undoubtedly hope to confirm himself as a first-team regular over the coming season.

3: Leverkusen

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    Players in: 

    • Kyriakos Papadopoulos (FC Schalke 04, loan)
    • Hakan Calhanoglu (Hamburger SV)
    • Vladlen Yurchenko(FC Shakhtar Donetsk)
    • Tin Jedvaj (AS Roma, loan)
    • Dario Kresic (1. FSV Mainz 05)
    • Josip Drmic(1. FC Nurnberg)
    • Wendell (Gremio Foot-Ball Porto-Alegrense)
    • Karim Bellarabi (Eintracht Braunschweig, loan return)

     

    Players out:

    • Philipp Wollscheid (1. FSV Mainz 05, loan)
    • Konstantinos Stafylidis (FC Fulham, loan)
    • Emre Can (Liverpool FC)
    • Jens Hegeler (Hertha Berlin)
    • Jonas Meffert (Karlsruher SC) 
    • Sidney Sam (FC Schalke 04)
    • Eren Derdiyok (1899 Hoffenheim, loan return)
    • Andres Guardado (Valencia CF, loan return)
    • Arkadiusz Milik (AFC Ajax, loan, previously on loan at FC Augsburg)

    Bayer Leverkusen may have lost key first-team players in Emre Can and Sidney Sam over the course of the summer, but they have brought in the perfect replacements and then some in return. 

    Alongside new coach Roger Schmidt, the club have brought in young star Hakan Calhanoglu from Hamburg, who will undoubtedly be one of the best players to keep an eye on this summer. 

    The club have also made some smart moves too, with Josip Drmic from relegated Nurnberg, fellow striker Vladlen Yurchenko and defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos—three players who will all be pushing for first team spots this season. 

    Leverkusen not only look strong, but they look as though they finally have some decent depth. Maybe this side will be able to last the distance that their predecessors have always famously failed to reach. 

2: Bayern Munich

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    Players in:

    • Pepe Reina (Liverpool FC) 
    • Juan Bernat (Valencia CF)
    • Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund)
    • Sebastian Rode (Eintracht Frankfurt) 
    • Medhi Benatia (AS Roma)
    • Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid CF)
    • Sinan Kurt (Borussia Monchengladbach)

     

    Players out:

    • Julian Green (Hamburger SV, loan)
    • Diego Contento (FC Girondins de Bordeaux)
    • Toni Kroos (Real Madrid CF)
    • Mario Mandzukic (Club Atletico de Madrid)
    • Daniel Van Buyten (released)
    • Alessandro Schöpf (1. FC Nurnberg)
    • Lukas Raeder (Vitoria Setubal FC)

    Bayern Munich have undoubtedly spent wisely this summer and could perhaps be said to have brought in the most amount of quality over the course of the transfer window. They have also let a lot of good players go, and that alone is why they sit here today in second place. 

    Yes, Dortmund lost Robert Lewandowski, but that doesn't really compare—at least in the eyes of the fans of either club—to the manner in which Pep Guardiola's team allowed a talent like Toni Kroos walk out of the door to Real Madrid. 

    Alongside Kroos, we've seen Mario Mandzukic—last season's top goalscorer—leave to make way for the aforementioned Polish striker, while young fan favourite Julian Green has been farmed out on loan to Hamburg. Not bad moves, though they are still decisions that could anger certain sections of the support. 

    However, the Catalan coach has been smart in his reaction, bringing in the experienced midfield talent of Xabi Alonso to sit alongside young prodigies Sebastian Rode and Juan Bernat. Pepe Reina makes an excellent back-up goalkeeper and Medhi Benatia should prove to be quite the defender over the course of the season. 

    Solid work from Bayern—as expected—but nothing that really excited fans.  

1: Borussia Dortmund

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    Players in:

    • Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United FC)
    • Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg)
    • Ciro Immobile (Torino FC)
    • Ji Dong-Won (FC Augsburg)
    • Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin)
    • Nuri Sahin (Real Madrid CF, loan made permanent)

     

    Players out:

    • Jonas Hofmann (1. FSV Mainz 05, loan)
    • Marvin Ducksch (SC Paderborn 07, loan)
    • Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munchen)
    • Manuel Friedrich (released)
    • Julian Schieber (Hertha Berlin)

    Not many Borussia Dortmund fans would have believed you if you were to have told them that by the end of the summer transfer window, they would have brought in three strikers and Shinji Kagawa to replace the departing Robert Lewandowski. 

    The Manchester United flop (for lack of a better word) rejoins the Bundesliga side that initially shot him to fame and the coach in Jurgen Klopp who knows just how to get the best out of this Japanese international. 

    The club have done fantastically well to bring in Adrian Ramos and Ciro Immobile—two strikers who will undoubtedly find plenty of success in the league long before they hit their peak—but the most impressive feat has been the retention of Marco Reus. 

    Despite rumours aplenty foreshadowing his departure from his childhood club, Reus has stuck around. For the first time in quite a few seasons, Klopp has brought in the players he wanted without seeing anyone sneak out of the back door just weeks before the new season. 

    Dortmund look tough, they have strengthened their depth and are genuinely bubbling with possibilities across the back line, in midfield and—especially—in attack. This could well be the strongest team Klopp has ever managed.