Leroy Sane's arrival looks like a fine piece of business for Bayern Munich, but Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and a number of other clubs have also made some shrewd signings in the summer 2020 transfer window.
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Nübel's switch to Munich on a five-year deal was confirmed during the January transfer window, but he stayed at Schalke for the remainder of the season and only completed his medical at Säbener Straße in late June. He made his Bundesliga breakthrough in the second half of the 2018/19 season, ousting Ralf Fährmann as the Royal Blues' No.1.
Although he briefly ceded his place to Markus Schubert following a four-game suspension, he soon won it back and ultimately made 26 league appearances in 2019/20. "We're certain we'll enjoy having him as our player," said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. "He's one of the biggest goalkeeping talents, he'll continue to improve at Bayern and make good progress. He'll get every possible form of support from us."
Watch: Bayern legend Oliver Kahn analyses Nübel
Joined: Borussia Dortmund
From: Paris Saint-Germain
In need of a replacement for Achraf Hakimi, who returned to Real Madrid after a successful two-year loan spell, Dortmund came up trumps in the summer window by bringing in experienced Belgium international Thomas Meunier on a free transfer from PSG. At 28, he provides a vital counterweight to the likes of youngsters Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Gio Reyna.
In addition to offering a robust, reliable presence in defence, he can also chip in at the other end, having registered two assists in 16 Ligue 1 outings for the French champions in 2019/20. "Thomas is a player who has demonstrated his quality at the highest level in the Champions League and in the national team over a long time," said BVB sporting director Michael Zorc. "He'll really be of benefit to us with his experience."
Joined: VfB Stuttgart (on loan)
Eleven outings during the second half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Bundesliga 2 side Nuremberg were clearly enough to impress one of the league's promoted sides, VfB Stuttgart. As such, the Greece U21 international has joined the three-time Bundesliga champions on loan for their returning top-flight campaign.
The move is one architected by former Dortmund head scout Sven Mislintat with Mavropanos, who made several appearances for Arsenal towards the end of both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 English Premier League campaigns, being no stranger to Stuttgart's sporting director, who previously served as the Gunners' head of recruitment. "We've known each other since our time at Arsenal, so I've been observing his development for a long time," Mislintat told the Stuttgart website. "Konstantinos is strong in the tackle, quick off the mark, and his ability and ambition are a very good match for us."
Joined: Bayern Munich
From: Paris Saint-Germain
Former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel handed Nianzou his professional debut for PSG in December 2019 when he was just 17. If that is not evidence enough of the defender's extraordinary talent, the fact he cemented his place in the side and scored two goals in 13 senior appearances for the French champions before the end of a title-winning season certainly is, prompting Bayern to make their move.
He joins a growing French contingent in Munich, alongside Kingsley Coman, Benjamin Pavard, Corentin Tolisso, Michael Cuisance and Lucas Hernandez – and will now compete with the latter for a place in central defence, although the France U18 international can also be deployed in holding midfield. "I really hope to break through here and make a lot of appearances," said the youngster when his transfer was announced. "I'll work hard for that."
Joined: Borussia Mönchengladbach
From: New York City FC
Soccer aficionados in the USA have long had an eye on Scally as he worked his way through the country’s youth teams, even making his debut for John Hackworth’s U17s a month before his 15th birthday in November 2017. Shortly after, the attacking full-back became the second-youngest player in America to be handed a professional contract, after Freddy Adu.
The New York native has been in the NYCFC academy since he was 13 and on the fringes of the first-team squad since 2018. He also featured in all three of the USA’s group games at the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2019, with Gladbach announcing before the tournament was even over that they had secured Scally’s signature, and that the teenager would join the Foals in January 2021 once he turns 18 on 31 December.
Position: Defensive midfield
Joined: Hertha Berlin
Given that Hertha's tally of 59 goals conceded in 2019/20 was only five fewer than when they were relegated in 2011/12, the arrival of a battle-hardened defensive midfielder in Tousart will be a welcome one as coach Bruno Labbadia looks to tighten up his backline for the new season.
The France U21 international should go straight into the first team, especially as fellow central midfielders Per Skjelbred and Marko Grujic have now left the German capital. An expert at winning the ball back and finding a teammate with tidy passes, the former Lyon star also brings plenty of Champions League experience with him as a new-look Hertha side set their own sights on European qualification.
Position: Full-back, defensive midfield
Joined: RB Leipzig (on loan)
With Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann favouring young, quick and versatile players, it was perhaps only a matter of time before Henrichs rocked up at the Red Bull Arena. Having made his Bundesliga debut at the age of 18 for boyhood club Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, Henrichs developed to such an extent that Joachim Löw gave him his senior Germany debut on 11 November 2016.
He joined French Ligue 1 side Monaco in summer 2018, making 44 competitive outings before returning to his native Germany in July 2020. Although his move is initially on a season-long loan, Leipzig do hold an option to make the deal permanent if Henrichs performs as they expect him to. "Leipzig are one of the most exciting clubs in Germany and even Europe, and they have qualified for the Champions League again with a young side," Henrichs said after putting pen to paper. "The club are very ambitious and they have a clear way of playing football, which impressed me when I was playing for Leverkusen."
Not only did Augsburg have difficulty keeping goals out last season, they also struggled at the opposite ending of the pitch, averaging just 1.3 per game. Florian Niederlechner contributed to the bulk of their haul of 45 with 13 goals and six assists – making Die Fuggerstädter somewhat predictable in the final third. Caligiuri's arrival goes a long way to changing the team's over-reliance on their star forward as he is a tried and tested Bundesliga campaigner.
An expert in dead-ball situations, Caligiuri is as reliable as they come at penalties, having converted 16 of the 18 spot-kicks he has taken as a pro. As Augsburg missed two of the five they were awarded in 2019/20, that could translate into a handful more points. A tireless worker up and down the right wing, the former Freiburg and Wolfsburg man can be relied upon to deliver accurate crosses into the box and track his opponent back into defence. That he arrives on a free transfer from Schalke only sweetens the deal even further.
Position: Central midfield
Joined: Borussia Dortmund
From: Birmingham City
Bellingham is the latest English teenager to swap British shores for Dortmund and the Bundesliga, following in the footsteps of Sancho with his move to Signal Iduna Park. The box-to-box midfielder has made 39 appearances in the English second division for Birmingham City this season, with 34 of those coming as a 16-year-old.
The England U17 international - who has been likened to Steven Gerrard, Dele Alli and Jermaine Jenas, among others - joins an illustrious group of young talent at BVB alongside Sancho, Haaland, Reyna and more. With Dortmund's reputation for developing young talent growing stronger by the season, Bellingham's path on a similar journey towards the top could well take vital steps in Germany.
Position: Left wing
Joined: Bayern Munich
From: Manchester City
If you can score in a 4-3 victory away to Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 for Schalke at the age of 19 then you’re clearly a ninja-level talent – something Sane underlined in his four years under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, where he won two Premier League titles and was named PFA Young Player of the Year in 2017/18.
Having progressed from outrageously gifted youngster to a card-holding member of the world-class elite, Sane is expected to slot straight into Hansi Flick’s team on the left side of attack, with Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry alongside him and Robert Lewandowski spearheading as menacing a front line as they come. Blessed with pace to burn and a willingness to take on his marker(s), Sane’s headline-grabbing transfer will make Bayern even more of a force to be reckoned with.
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Joined: RB Leipzig
From: Red Bull Salzburg
Losing star striker Timo Werner to Chelsea was obviously a big blow for Leipzig, but fans have plenty of cause for optimism going into the new campaign following the arrival of Hwang Hee-chan. The South Korea international shot to prominence alongside Haaland in the first half of the 2019/20 season as a free-scoring Salzburg side made waves across the continent with their displays in the Champions League, and he finished the campaign with 16 goals and 21 assists in 38 competitive appearances for the Austrian champions.
Versatile, quick and two-footed, he made a mockery of the claim that nobody could dribble past Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, outfoxing the Dutch defender with a brilliant feint before smashing home in Salzburg’s trip to Anfield last season. “He can play in any attacking position, on the wings or as a main man in the middle,” gushed Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche. “He makes our attack more flexible with his speed and mobility.”