A world champion returns: Mario Götze joins Eintracht Frankfurt. In addition, FC Bayern makes its king transfer of Sadio Mané official. Which players are coming? And who is leaving the league?
Mario Götze (Eindhoven → Frankfurt)
A world champion returns to the Bundesliga – with Mario Götze even the winning goal scorer in the 2014 final against Argentina. After two years at PSV Eindhoven, the 30-year-old will join Eintracht Frankfurt, the winner of the Europa League until 2025. The transfer fee for the offensive player is – quite unworldly – just three to four million euros.
Sadio Mané (Liverpool → Bayern Munich)
FC Bayern manages a transfer coup with the commitment of the accurate Senegalese. The record champions released a player from Liverpool FC, who regularly plays for titles there – in what is supposedly the best league in the world. The Munich-based company should pay a transfer fee of 32 million euros plus a maximum of nine million euros in bonuses for the man who is to replace Robert Lewandowski.
Erling Haaland (BVB → Manchester City)
The Norwegian is leaving Borussia Dortmund after two and a half years for the agreed transfer fee of 75 million euros and moving to England. His record is impressive: 85 goals in 88 competitive games. However, the only title in black and yellow remains the DFB Cup 2021. At Manchester City, where his father Alf Inge already played, a few more are to be added soon.
Karim Adeyemi (Salzburg → BVB)
National player Karim Adeyemi is a newcomer to Borussia Dortmund. His commitment will be announced an hour after the Haaland transfer is officially announced. The 20-year-old moves from Red Bull Salzburg to BVB for an estimated 30 million euros and has a contract with the black and yellow until 2027.
Niklas Süle (FC Bayern → BVB)
The Dortmund defense receives prominent reinforcement with Niklas Süle – and that too for a free transfer. The national player leaves Bayern because there is not enough trust and he lacks appreciation. In Dortmund, he wants to make sure “that Bayern doesn’t win the championship for the eleventh time”. Bayern keeper Neuer is disappointed: “It annoys us all that Niklas is leaving, we will miss him.”
Nico Schlotterbeck (Freiburg → BVB)
Together with Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck could form the new center of the Dortmund defense chain. Provided that the ex-Freiburger, who costs around 20 million euros, prevails against the competition – including Mats Hummels. He narrowly missed out on the DFB Cup with the sports club, and the 22-year-old wants “maximum success” with BVB. His announcement: “We want to challenge Bayern.”
Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax → Bayern Munich)
With the right-back of Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam, Bayern has signed a player they wanted from coach Julian Nagelsmann. Mazraoui, born in the Netherlands, plays for the Moroccan national team. The 24-year-old, for whom there were offers “from all over Europe” according to Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, comes to Munich on a free transfer and has a contract until 2026.
Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax → Bayern Munich)
In addition to Mazraoui, Bayern also brings his Ajax colleague Ryan Gravenberch. The 20-year-old Dutch international is set to strengthen the midfield. He will sign until 2027. “Ryan Gravenberch is a young, very interesting player that many top European clubs would have liked to sign,” said Bayern boss Oliver Kahn in a club statement.
Adam Hlozek (Sparta Prague → Leverkusen)
The Czech attacking talent Adam Hlozek is also in international demand. The 19-year-old attacker from Sparta Prague has been a national team player since September 2020 and will also take part in the 2021 European Championship. He has signed a five-year contract with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, where he can play alongside his compatriot Patrik Schick. According to Transfermarkt.de, the fee should amount to 19 million euros.
Xaver Schlager (Wolfsburg → Leipzig)
Full commitment is guaranteed with the beefy Austrian. The 24-year-old never avoid a duel, even if he sometimes gets injured himself. In September 2021 he tore a cruciate ligament in the game against Leipzig and missed half the season. Apparently, he still impressed the people of Leipzig. They pay twelve million euros for Schlager and give him a contract until 2026.
Alexander Schwolow (Hertha → Schalke)
The goalkeeper is no longer between the posts with the Berliners due to a muscle injury and has to watch from the stands as his colleagues in the relegation ensure relegation. After two years in Berlin, the ex-Freiburger can be loaned to the club he almost switched to in 2020: FC Schalke 04.
Corentin Tolisso (Bayern → unknown)
118 competitive games in five years – Corentin Tolisso didn’t have enough for more during his time at Bayern. The French international, who came to Munich from Olympique Lyon in 2017 for the then Bundesliga record sum of 41.5 million euros, is often injured. His contract will not be renewed. The 27-year-old, who has won 14 titles with FCB, does not yet have a new club.