Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt are just three of the headline signings so far in the summer 2019 transfer window. - © DFL
Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt are just three of the headline signings so far in the summer 2019 transfer window. - © DFL
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Bundesliga summer 2019 transfer XI

Preparations for the 2019/20 season are already well underway and Bundesliga clubs have shown typically ruthless German efficiency with a host of early transfers as they look to build their squads for the coming campaign.

With the window open until 2 September, there is still plenty of time for title defences, European challenges and promotion parties to be strengthened ahead of Bayern Munich kicking off the new Bundesliga season against Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena on 16 August.

bundesliga.com looks at the most interesting moves of the summer so far, creating an all-star team from players on the move during the summer of 2019.

Zack Steffen
Age: 24
Position: Goalkeeper
Joined: Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan)
From: Manchester City

USA first-choice goalkeeper Zack Steffen is back in German football on a season-long loan with Fortuna Düsseldorf. The Coatesville, Pennsylvania native previously featured for the Freiburg reserves in the 2015/16 season but returns a much more mature figure after making 84 appearances for Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer. The winner of the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and US Soccer Male Player of the Year in 2018, the 6’3’’ stopper was signed by English champions Manchester City before being loaned out to Düsseldorf, where he is expected to challenge the experienced Michael Rensing for the number one spot.

USMNT first-choice goalkeeper Zack Steffen will spend the 2019/20 season on loan at Fortuna Düsseldorf. - 2019 Getty Images

Benjamin Pavard
Age: 23
Position:
Centre-back/right-back
Joined:
Bayern Munich
From:
VfB Stuttgart

VfB Stuttgart will not be in the Bundesliga in 2019/20 after their play-off defeat to Union Berlin, but Benjamin Pavard will be. His move to Bayern was confirmed in January but the world champion isn't joining up with his new teammates in Munich until pre-season. Pavard began six games at right-back in the Bundesliga last season and 23 in the centre of defence, so it remains to be seen where the versatile defender will line up at the Allianz Arena.

With Joshua Kimmich, Niklas SüleJerome Boateng and the next man on this list all providing competition for places in both of his preferred positions, his place in Niko Kovac’s starting side come August is far from confirmed. Bayern, though, have been able to recruit a talented player with age on his side who will be keen to show that the performances he displayed at the highest level in France’s World Cup-winning campaign were not a one-off.

Watch: What makes Pavard so good?

Mats Hummels
Age:
30
Position:
Centre-back
Joined:
Borussia Dortmund
From:
Bayern Munich

Referred to by BVB sporting director Michael Zorc as “the best German defender”, Mats Hummels’ return to Dortmund from Bayern is one of the moves of the summer as last season’s runners-up look to go one better in 2019/20. With exactly 300 Bundesliga appearances to his name, the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner is a massive addition to a youthful Borussia backline that at times crumbled last season. The former club captain spent nine hugely successful seasons at the Signal Iduna Park before a three-year spell back at his youth club Bayern, but he has now returned to the team where he won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.

Watch: Mats Hummels' Bundesliga mixtape

Lucas Hernandez
Age: 23
Position:
Centre-back/left-back
Joined:
Bayern Munich
From:
Atletico Madrid

Lucas Hernandez is the second Frenchman to join the Bundesliga champions this summer, meaning Bayern’s squad is now home to France’s World Cup-winning right and left-backs. Like Pavard, Hernandez is also only 23 and defensively versatile. Adept at playing both in the centre of defence and at full-back, he made over 50 appearances for Atletico Madrid but had his playing time restricted last season because of an injury. After undergoing surgery, the Marseille native has been completing his rehabilitation in Munich to help him settle in better in time for the new campaign. Will he be back in time to challenge David Alaba for the left-back spot or make a case for the centre of defence alongside Süle, Boateng or Pavard?

Watch: Who is Lucas Hernandez?

Nico Schulz
Age: 26
Position:
Left-back/wing-back
Joined:
Borussia Dortmund
From:
Hoffenheim

Bayern may have begun their summer shopping earlier in the year but Dortmund cannot be accused of sitting back and watching after their second-place finish. Within days of the 2018/19 season ending, BVB announced their first signing in the form of Germany left-back Nico Schulz. Those in Black-and-Yellow will see the 26-year-old’s arrival from Hoffenheim as one of the final pieces in the puzzle of this exciting Borussia side. Only Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic and Mainz’s Aaron Martin delivered more crosses from open play last season that Schulz (111), demonstrating the attacking intent that attracted Dortmund, who spent much of the campaign just gone without a natural left-back. Centre-back Abdou Diallo and right-back Achraf Hakimi both covered there but Schulz’s arrival is designed to bring further stability to the backline alongside the vastly experienced Hummels.

Attacking left-back Nico Schulz arrives in Dortmund from Hoffenheim as a Germany international, with two goals already from his six caps. - imago

Kerem Demirbay
Age: 25
Position:
Centre midfielder
Joined:
Bayer Leverkusen
From:
Hoffenheim

A winner of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup with Germany, Kerem Demirbay is a crafty replacement for Dortmund-bound Julian Brandt in the Leverkusen midfield. The former Schalke and BVB youth player bounced back from an injury-ravaged 2017/18 campaign to develop into one of Julian Nagelsmann’s key figures at Hoffenheim. Last season he was TSG’s best assist-provider with nine as the club pushed until the very end for European qualification, as well as chipping in with four goals from deep.

Midfielder Kerem Demirbay has had to remain patient throughout his career but his efforts have been rewarded with a move to Champions League outfit Bayer Leverkusen. - 2018 DFL

Julian Brandt
Age: 23
Position:
Winger/attacking midfielder
Joined:
Borussia Dortmund
From:
Bayer Leverkusen

There has never been any doubt about Brandt’s ability but the Leverkusen man really burst into life in 2019, having a hand in 14 goals in the Rückrunde alone – he had never before topped 12 in an entire season. It came about with a change of position into a deeper central midfield role under Peter Bosz. The 24-time Germany international and Confed Cup winner is another ideal fit for Dortmund’s attacking play, whether as part of the forward line-up or in his newfound midfield position.

It was all smiles for Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt in 2018/19, with his performances earning him a move to Borussia Dortmund. - Bongarts/Getty Images

Moussa Diaby
Age:
20
Position:
Winger
Joined:
Bayer Leverkusen
From:
Paris Saint-Germain

The recipient of the 2016 Titi d’Or as the most promising and best talent in the PSG academy – an award previous won by Bayern's Kingsley Coman and RB Leipzig’s Jean-Kevin Augustin – clubs have been keeping tabs on the French youngster for a number of years. Diaby broke into the Parisians’ first team on the back of his performances at the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship where he was named in the team of the tournament after recording a goal and three assists. The new Leverkusen winger set up a goal on average every 190 minutes in the league last season and arrives at the BayArena after a goal and two assists for France at the summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Exciting French winger Moussa Diaby arrives in Leverkusen from French champions Paris Saint-Germain. - imago images / PanoramiC

Ivan Perisic
Age: 30
Position: Winger
Joined: Bayern Munich
From: Inter Milan

With deadly duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery now departed, everyone expected Bayern to strengthen out wide this summer. Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry are both full of promise, but Ivan Perisic looks a very clever signing. The Croatian knows the league, having won the double with Dortmund in 2011/12, and he later lifted the cup and finished runner-up to Bayern in 2015/16 during a three-year stay at Wolfsburg. He has now returned to Germany on loan from Inter Milan, with whom he scored 37 league goals over four seasons. During his time in Italy Perisic helped Inter return to the UEFA Champions League, while he has also amassed over 80 caps for his country. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup the former Club Brugge attacker scored three goals – including in the semi-final and the final – as Croatia finished second to France.

Watch: Perisic's top 5 Bundesliga goals!

Thorgan Hazard
Age: 26
Position:
Winger
Joined:
Borussia Dortmund
From:
Borussia Mönchengladbach

Dortmund wasted no time wisely reinvesting the money they received for Christian Pulisic by signing Thorgan Hazard from Borussia Mönchengladbach just days after the 2018/19 season ended. The Belgian has been one of Gladbach’s key performers during his five seasons at Borussia-Park, averaging a goal or an assist almost every other game over the course of his 182 competitive appearances. Fresh from finishing third at the 2018 World Cup, Hazard was by far the Foals’ greatest attacking influence, leading the way with 10 goals and assists each as Gladbach finished fifth and narrowly missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification. The 26-year-old winger, however, will be involved with Dortmund, as well as hoping to mount another Bundesliga title challenge.

Watch: All 20 of Thorgan Hazard's goals and assists in 2018/19

Breel Embolo
Age:
22
Position:
Forward
Joined:
Borussia Mönchengladbach
From: Schalke

A three-time Swiss champion with Basel, 22-year-old Embolo already boasts a wealth of experience, but unfortunately he also knows his fair share of injury woe. A broken ankle and fractured foot blighted his three years at Schalke, yet the Cameroon-born Switzerland international still managed a respectable 10 goals and two assists in 48 Bundesliga appearances for the Royal Blues. Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl believes the club can offer the forward “a fresh start” and that he is “a great fit for our squad” as they look to replace the goals from top scorer Hazard and cover for their own injury-hit strikers Lars Stindl and Raffael.

Breel Embolo joins Borussia Mönchengladbach from Schalke looking for a fresh start after some horrendous injuries. - Oliver Hardt/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Images