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Summer transfer deals so far - Bundesliga

Friday 14th July 2017
As we all know, Germany is one of the best places in the world for quality football. Like the Primera Liga, which we looked at yesterday, it does a healthy transfer business throughout the summer. Here are some of the most interesting Bundesliga transfers. thus far.

Nabil Bentaleb - Tottenham Hotspur > Schalke (€19m)

Schalke 04 managed to loan in Bentaleb from Spurs for the 2016/17 season. The Algerian appeared on 32 occasions, scoring 5 times. He had been at Spurs since 2013 but was falling out of favour at White Hart Lane. The season-long loan move triggered permanent interest from the die Konigsblauen. A reasonable fee was quickly agreed between the two clubs for the 22-year-old, who will now call Gelsinkirchen home.

Nikla Sule - Hoffenheim > Bayern Munich (€20m)

Bayern Munich are not ones to mess about when they want a player. Niklas Sule is a prime example. A consistent central defender, the German international has played over 100 games in 5 seasons for Hoffenheim, showcasing his abilities in the Bundesliga. Bayern were therefore alerted to his skill for some time. Ultimately, it has decided the 6' 5" German will be ideal support for Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.

Kingsley Coman - Juventus > Bayern Munich (€21m)

Known predominantly as a winger, Kingsley Coman has already showcased his talent in the Bundesliga. Although he was contracted to Juventus, a 2-year loan deal was agreed with Bayern in 2015 for the French international. The two-year rental cost Bayern €7m. Adding him permanently required an extra €21m. Coman proving an obviously quality player for the Bavarians already, the club didn't hesitate to make the move. The 21-year-old faces a bright future at the Allianz Arena.

Corentin Tolisso - Olympique Lyon > Bayern Munich (€41.5m)

You may have noticed Bayern is dominating the early portion of the German transfer market, just as they do league play in most seasons. Welcome to the Bundesliga. The biggest money transfer of the summer in Germany involves a Frenchman. As stated, Bayern Munich are not holding back on spending money. Cornetin Tolisso commanded an eye-watering €41.5m fee for Corentin Tolisso, a Bayern (and by extension Bundesliga) record. The central midfielder had played for Lyon since 2013 becoming an important player for Les Gones. Consistent seasons have gained interest from clubs around Europe but Bayern were the ones to snap up the 22-year-old.

Maximilian Philipp - Freiburg > Borussia Dortmund (€20m)

Dortmund have been a big side in Germany for many years. From Mario Goetze, Shinji Kagawa, and Nuri Sahin to Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele, and Christian Pulisic, bringing in younger players has always been key for BvB. Maximilian Philipp is a another example. Only 23 years old, he already has a notable reputation. With SC Freiburg, the centre-forward played over 80 games, scoring 18 league goals. In the 2015/16 season, he helped Freiburg earn promotion from the 2.Bundesliga. He also managed to win the U-21 European Championship with Germany. Dortmund will be eager to mould this youngster into their squad.

Jhon Cordoba - Mainz > Koln (€17m)

Not as well known around Europe as other transfers on this list, Cordoba is familiar to Germans. The Colombian striker has played in Spain, for Granada, but most recently with Mainz 05. Showing a keen interest, Koln wasted no time spending big money for the powerful striker. Cordoba is known for his pace and thunderous shots. Though not as prolific as Didier Drogba, his physical attributes warrant comparison to the Ivorian.

John Anthony Brooks - Hertha Berlin > Wolfsburg (€17m)

Wolfsburg have managed to sign German-American centre-back John Anthony Brooks. Born and raised in Berlin but fathered by an American, Brooks has represented USA on 32 occasions. He headed in the winner for the Americans in a 2014 World Cup match against Ghana. Brooks earned 131 caps for Hertha Berlin, scoring 8 times. Wolfsburg needed a strong centre half and appear to have got their man.

Next up in our tour of early transfer market activity around Europe will be Serie A.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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