Cologne - While the Bundesliga's many stars continue to build up their fitness levels ahead of the new season, clubs up and down the country are working tirelessly behind the scenes to strengthen their playing staff in time for the big kick-off in mid August.
How they fared in 2014/15
Over the next few weeks, bundesliga.com will be taking a closer look at each of the 18 top-flight clubs’ summer transfer dealings so far. Next up in the series: VfB Stuttgart…
Only a 2-1 victory over SC Paderborn 07 on the final day was enough to keep Stuttgart in the Bundesliga safe house for another season. Until then, they had spent just eight Matchdays above the relegation zone, while 16 of the 34 were spent rooted to the foot of the standings. Much like in 2013/14, it took relegation saviour Huub Stevens’ midas touch to lift them out of the mire.
Przemyslaw Tyton (PSV Eindhoven)
- A 13-time Polish international goalkeeperHas already played in the Spanish and Dutch top flight
What he offers: A level head with good shot-stopping abilities
Emiliano Insua (Club Atletico de Madrid)
- A well-travelled left-back capped four times by ArgentinaA 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup champion
What he offers: A willingness to get forward and put crosses into the box
Jan Kliment (FC Vysocina Jihlava)
- 21-year-old striker, who can also play in midfieldFinished top scorer at the 2015 UEFA Under-21 European championships with three goals
What he offers: Clever movement in the final third and an end product
Lukas Rupp (SC Paderborn 07)
- 24-year-old attacking midfielderScored four goals in 32 outings for relegated Paderborn in 2014/15
What he offers: Good reading of the game; not frightened to drive forward
Gotoku Sakai (Hamburger SV)
- Japanese international full-back capable of playing on either flankMade 87 Bundesliga appearances in a Stuttgart shirt
Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München)
- Composed central midfielder and youth international (20)Spent the last two seasons on loan at Bundesliga 2 club RB Leipzig
Editor’s note: Not all summer transfers will be discussed here. The players featured in this article made at least ten league appearances for their respective clubs last season, chipped in with numerous goals and assists or made other significant contributions to their team. For an overview of the 2015/16 summer transfers, click here.