Eintracht frankfurt brings back a national goalkeeper from paris, borussia dortmund gives an identification figure to werder bremen, and thomas tuchel gets a defender from FC bayern munchen: at the end of the transfer window, there was still plenty of activity in the bundesliga.
The big transfer bombshells were missing, however, and 2014 world champion jerôme boateng is not transferring and is staying in munich. The most spectacular transfer was announced on friday by DFB cup winners frankfurt with the return of national goalkeeper kevin trapp. Nuri sahin’s move from dortmund to werder also caused a stir.
Overall, however, the final phase was representative of this entire transfer period. At 439.8 million euros, the 18 clubs had spent significantly less by noon on friday, excluding loan fees, than last year, when the figure was just under 600 million euros. For this they took 475.2 million (previous year: 485).
Money spent on friday still the FSV mainz 05 with two million for the ghanaian talent issah abass (19) of NK olimpija ljubljana and the SC freiburg reportedly four million for the hungarian international roland sallai (21) of APOEL nikosia. The most expensive of the new bundesliga players was abdou diallo, for whom dortmund transferred 28 million to mainz. The highest price was paid by naby keita from leipzig, for whom liverpool FC paid 70 million euros.
The surprise trapp return to hesse was marred by a video glitch. In the morning, the hessians posted a clip in which the 28-year-old himself had his say and expressed his delight at his comeback in frankfurt. A short time later, eintracht deleted the video, only to put it back online after the announcement in the morning. "For me it was simply clear that – if I have the opportunity to come back – I definitely wanted to do that," said world cup participant trapp, who played in frankfurt from 2012 to 2015 and is now on a one-year transfer from paris st. Germain is loaned out.
The french, now coached by tuchel, brought in munich left defender juan bernat after kehrer on the last day. The transfer of tuchel’s desired player boateng does not love to realize. The bavarians, who for their part have not spent a cent on transfer fees this summer, will receive a further 15 million euros, making a total of 89 million euros in this transfer phase. A good basis for the transfer offensive announced by president uli hoeneb next summer.
Bayern coach kovac, meanwhile, does not expect motivation problems with boateng, who is willing to make the switch. "Jerôme is an absolute full professional. He will sacrifice himself for the club," kovac said.
Bremen made a surprise signing with sahin. The midfielder, who was born about 40 kilometers from dortmund in ludenscheid, has played for BVB since 2001, with the exception of one year each with feyenoord rotterdam, real madrid and FC liverpool, and has lived the club slogan "real love" like hardly anyone else.
However, the competitive situation in dortmund’s midfield – which had been exacerbated not least by the signing of bremer thomas delaney – prompted the 29-year-old to make the switch. Sahin was not part of the squad for the first two compulsory games under new coach lucien favre. "I’m not leaving completely, because borussia will always be in my heart," sahin said and smiled: "i was born in sauerland. You’ll either be a dortmunder or a schalker. I’m super happy to have become a dortmunder player."