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Top 5 new Bundesliga signings to watch in 2023/24


Raphael Guerreiro has switched to Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig have snapped up a player dubbed 'the next Erling Haaland' and Naby Keita's back. bundesliga.com shines a light on five of the most exciting Bundesliga transfers so far this summer...

Raphael Guerreiro (Bayern Munich)

A relative Bundesliga veteran of seven years, Guerreiro crosses the Klassiker divide after opting against renewing his contract with 2022/23 runners-up Borussia Dortmund. The Portugal international more than played his part in pushing new employers Bayern all the way in last season's thrilling title race, scoring four times and registering a league-leading 12 assists. He'll challenge Alphonso Davies for a starting berth at left-back, but has also proved himself to be a top-level operator in the centre of midfield, where he played at times not just last term but in his debut Bundesliga season at Dortmund under current Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel. And at 29, the 2016 UEFA Euro winner is still very much in his prime.

Who will Guerreiro and Bayern face first? The fixture list comes out on Friday!

Watch: Guerreiro jumps at Bayern chance

Benjamin Sesko (RB Leipzig)

Fans have been waiting almost a year for Sesko to pull on a Leipzig shirt. The 20-year-old Slovenian agreed to join the DFB Cup holders last summer, before scoring 16 times in 30 Austrian Bundesliga outings in 2022/23. Sesko's not the first Red Bull Salzburg player to make the switch to Leipzig, but he might turn out to be the most talented yet. An all-round striker standing at almost 6'5" tall, there are a number of similarities with Erling Haaland, the ex-Salzburg goal machine who broke all manner of records at Dortmund prior to winning the UEFA Champions League with Manchester City in May. Even if Sesko is a fraction as potent in the final third, Leipzig needn't have too many concerns about replacing the goals of Chelsea-bound talisman Christopher Nkunku.

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Naby Keita (Werder Bremen)

Keita is another world star schooled the Red Bull way. Formative stints with Salzburg and Leipzig, whom he helped establish as bona fide top-flight force to be reckoned with, preceded a summer 2018 move to Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool. The Guinean midfielder wasn't helped by injury across five seasons on English soil, but he still won pretty much all there is to win in club football, including the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League. If the 28-year-old free transfer can stay fit and get back to his hard-running best, Werder Bremen - 13th on their return to the big time last term - will be laughing.

Watch: Naby Keita, welcome to Bremen!

Arthur (Bayer Levekusen)

Bayer Leverkusen newcomer Arthur is more of an unknown quantity, at least on the European circuit. The 20-year-old only made his Brazilian top-flight debut in May 2022, but has already won what is sure to be the first of many senior international caps for the Selecao. A 2023 U20 South American Championship winner, he is an attack-minded full-back, very much in the Jeremie Frimpong mould. With Bayer competing on three fronts in 2023/24, the former Atletico Mineiro whizz should get plenty of opportunities to strut his stuff for Xabi Alonso's enterprising ensemble.

Grant-Leon Ranos (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

One more young prospect poised to seize his chance on the big stage in the coming campaign, Grant-Leon Ranos swaps the Bayern reserves for the Borussia Mönchengladbach pros. The Armenia international has struck four times in three appearances for his country, hitting a UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying brace against Wales as recently as June. His presence in the senior national team is just reward for a 20-goal spree in Germany's fourth tier with Bayern, whom he joined from the Dortmund youths at the age of 15.

Grant-Leon Ranos is averaging a goal every 57.5 minutes for Armenia. - IMAGO/Sports Press Photo

The athletic forward also produced 13 assists, and joins a Gladbach team with a new head coach in Gerardo Seoane, as well as vacancies in attack following the double departure of Lars Stindl and Marcus Thuram.

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