Borussia Dortmund’s Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt are just two of the headline signings so far in the summer 2019 transfer window. - © DFL
Borussia Dortmund’s Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt are just two 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 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.

Julian Krahl
Age: 19
Position:
Goalkeeper
Joined:
Cologne
From:
RB Leipzig

Timo Horn’s first-choice status in Cologne has been undisputed for a number of years, but the arrival of teenager Julian Krahl at the promoted side could well put some pressure on the Olympic silver medallist. The 19-year-old has one Germany U19 cap to his name and will not have left RB Leipzig for the Billy Goats to remain as a back-up. Horn has played 33 games or more in all but one of his professional league seasons to date but is unlikely to have had a second choice of the prospect of Krahl behind him during that time.

Julian Krahl is yet to play a senior game for RB Leipzig but did keep 12 clean sheets in 22 U19 Bundesliga matches in 2018/19. - imago images / Karina Hessland

Kevin Mbabu
Age: 24
Position:
Right-back
Joined:
Wolfsburg
From:
Young Boys

A two-time Swiss champion with over 100 appearances for Young Boys and eight international appearances for Switzerland since his debut in September 2018, 24-year-old Kevin Mbabu has looked to take the next step in his flourishing career with a move to Wolfsburg. The full-back has been given the number 19 shirt with the Wolves – the former number of late midfielder Junior Malanda who passed away in a car accident in 2015. “I obviously know the importance of the shirt. It’s a big honour for me to wear that number. It goes without saying that it gives me extra motivation to give my all and earn the right to wear it,” Mbabu said after signing for the former Bundesliga champions.

Right-back Kevin Mbabu arrives in Wolfsburg as a two-time Swiss champion with Young Boys. - imago images / Geisser

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 won’t join 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 Süle, Mats Hummels, Jerome 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?

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, Hummels, 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, 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 stability to the backline.

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

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

There has never been any doubt about Julian Brandt’s ability but the Bayer 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 FIFA Confederations 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

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

Another member of that 2017 Confed Cup victory for Germany, Kerem Demirbay is a crafty replacement for Brandt in the Leverkusen midfield. The former Schalke and Dortmund 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

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: Thorgan Hazard's goals and skills

Hannes Wolf
Age: 20
Position:
Attacking midfielder/forward
Joined:
RB Leipzig
From:
Red Bull Salzburg

Hannes Wolf’s summer move to Leipzig was confirmed in January but it has not stopped the Austria U21 international from kicking on with Red Bull Salzburg. The attacking midfielder was one of the Austrian double winners’ most influential figures, contributing eight goals and seven assists in the league, where Salzburg lost just twice all season. Capable of playing in most attacking positions, Wolf will be another interesting young addition to the Leipzig squad when Nagelsmann takes over for 2019/20.

A double winner in Austria with Red Bull Salzburg, new RB Leipzig signing Hannes Wolf (l.) will now come up against his former coach Marco Rose (r.), who has taken over at Borussia Mönchengladbach. - imago images / Eibner Europa

Fiete Arp
Age: 19
Position:
Striker
Joined:
Bayern Munich
From:
Hamburg

Teenage striker Fiete Arp has long been on the radar of the Bundesliga’s top clubs, and in February perhaps the biggest team of the lot swooped. Bayern announced that Arp would be moving to Munich either in 2019 or 2020, with the decision down to the player himself and what he felt was right. After becoming the first player born in the 2000s to score a Bundesliga goal back in October 2017, the youngster had a quiet Bundesliga 2 campaign with Hamburg, scoring just a single goal in 17 league appearances. At the end of the season, Arp confirmed he would be leaving HSV this summer, perhaps deciding that an extra season learning from Robert Lewandowski would be best for his development.

Watch: Arp becomes the first player born this millennium to score in the Bundesliga

Niclas Füllkrug
Age:
26
Position:
Striker
Joined:
Werder Bremen
From:
Hannover

Werder Bremen reacted immediately to the departure of captain Max Kruse by re-signing former youth player Niclas Füllkrug. He had been top scorer for Hannover with 14 goals in their first season back in the Bundesliga, firing them to a comfortable 13th-place finish, but the 2018/19 campaign was a write-off for both club and player. The Lower Saxony side were relegated as Füllkrug missed the majority of the season through injury. Only managing 14 league appearances, his tally of two goals was still only bettered by five players and his absence proved a major blow to Hannover.

The 2018/19 campaign was a frustrating one for Niclas Füllkrug as injuries prevented him from helping Hannover in the relegation struggle. - imago images / Nordphoto