Bundesliga’s remaining transfer window story lines

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There’s no doubting that the transfer window in England has been unflattering to say the least but with clubs able to make transfers in Germany until August 31, there’s still plenty of time to manoeuvre. Let’s take a look at who has improved during the window and what deals could still happen with three weeks still remaining.

Will Ademola Lookman join RB Leipzig?

Ademola Lookman joined RB Leipzig on a six-month loan in January and it’s fair to say the Englishman impressed. With five goals and four assists in 11 games under Ralph Hasenhüttl, the 20-year-old has given a reason for the Bundesliga club to pursue the winger on a permanent basis.

We’ve seen several offers rebuffed from Everton who are holding out for a €33 million fee and with RB Leipzig only willing to pay €20m maximum, this move may go down to the wire. With the arrivals of Richarlison and Bernard, along with Yannick Bolasie, Theo Walcott, Nikola Vlasic and Gylfi Sigurdsson already at the club, it’s difficult just to see where Lookman can fit in. Playing time will be limited at Goodison Park and it’s no surprise that he’s stated he wants a return to Germany.

Acquiring Lookman on a permanent deal would add much needed depth to Ralf Rangnick’s RB Leipzig. A move to the Bundesliga club will aid his development and he has a quicker path to first team football with Emil Forsberg, Marcel Sabitzer and Bruma the only wingers ahead of him. The 20-year-old would add much needed pace to Leipzig’s wide areas and there’s a reason why they want this deal completed.

What is Borussia Dortmund’s striker situation?

The departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal has left Borussia Dortmund short in attack. They signed Belgium international Michy Batshuayi on a six-month loan deal to fill the void and before picking up a season-ending injury, he excelled. Dortmund bosses were keen on making a permanent move for the Chelsea striker but a move to Valencia has left Michael Zorc and Lucien Favre short of targets.

Alvaro Morata had been a name heavily linked with die Schwarzgelben but he was always going to be out of reach for Borussia Dortmund. Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus, there was no hiding the fact Gonzalo Higuain needed to be shipped out but opting against a move to Dortmund, the Argentine remains in Italy where he’s signed for Milan. It appears that Mario Mandzukic was a strong contender to lead the line for Borussia Dortmund this season, but they were unable to agree a fee for the World Cup runner-up.

Of course, there’s still Marco Reus and Maximilian Philipp who can lead the line, but these two prefer to play in a support role, either on the flank or behind the striker. With just three weeks remaining, time is running out for Borussia Dortmund and at the minute, there isn’t too many options available.

Have Bayern Munich done enough this window?

Both Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and head coach Niko Kovac don’t expect any more deals to be concluded this summer. The only way we’ll see any more arrivals would be if players depart. Bosses have stated that Juan Bernat, Jerome Boateng and Thiago can all leave for the right fee while Arturo Vidal has joined Barcelona. Even with the arrival of Leon Goretzka in midfield, it’s still a move that surprised many but it’s perhaps one that needed to happen with uncertainty regarding playing time at the Bundesliga champions a concern for the Chilean.

Whether Thiago leaves would depend on Luka Modric’s move to Inter which looks likely to happen which could see Real Madrid make a move for the Spaniard. Should Thiago leave, then Bayern Munich may opt to promote from within, which they’re very keen on doing under the guidance of Kovac.

Serge Gnabry also returns from a loan spell from Hoffenheim while a fit again Kinglsey Coman adds much needed depth out wide. Add to the fact Bayern Munich have agreed to sign Vancouver Whitecaps’ Alphonso Davies, who will join the club in January.

Which team have improved the most?

Hoffenheim are resigned to losing Julian Nagelsmann next season but they’ve done well to recruit for his final season at the club, which includes Champions League football. Leonardo Bittencourt, Kasim Adams, Vincenzo Grifo and Joshua Brenet add further youth and hunger to an exciting side while there’s no reason they can’t challenge for place in Europe once again.

And despite losing key player Thomas Delaney to Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen have done well to secure the signing of Netherlands international Davy Klassen. Granted, he had a poor season at Everton but for €14 million, it’s a relatively low fee in today’s modern football while the Bundesliga would certainly be suited to his playing style.

Schalke have also recruited well despite the departures of Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer on free transfers. Domenico Tedesco and sporting director Christian Heidel have been highly praised and rightly so for the dealings. They’ve recruited well in 21-year-old Suat Serdar but have also done well to add experienced players such as Mark Uth and Salif Sane.

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