Not many blockbusters, mostly quiet moves of nobodies to/from the B squads. But there have been some interesting events.
Borussia Dortmund has brought home Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid on loan. Apparently this is for the remainder of the season and then a full year loan for next year. Sahin of course was brilliant a couple of seasons ago and then moved to Real for 10 million. That turned out real crap, as he promptly got injured and then never played. He was banished to Liverpool and couldn’t even play there. I’d also argue choosing Turkey over Germany was pretty dumb, but consistent with his decision process. So he limps back to Dortmund, and will face stiff competition from Gündogan, Kehl and Bender. Still, as the youngest ever Bundesliga player (16), he could still get his old form back – and Jürgen Klopp might be just the man to bring that out.
Dortmund also made a move selling disgruntled Ivan Perisic to Wolfsburg for 7.5 million, a good bit of business. Could be a good move for the Croatian as well, since Diego is back in form for the VWs, which should mean lots of scoring opportunities.
Bayern has been largely quiet, although they have signed FSV Mainz defender Jan Kirchoff for *next* season. Germans have apparently never gotten through their thick skulls that their might be conflict of interest. Kirchoff is a highly rated young defender…
Schalke will lose their talented midifielder Lewis Holtby, who is pissing off to England, also next season, but at least the fans can berate him as a traitor now
Schalke also gets weaker immediately by having to accept the return from loan of striker Edu from Greuther Fürth, hehehehe…
One of the last holdouts of Stuttgart’s relatively successful Mexican experiment is leaving, as Francisco Rodriguez goes home to Club America for 2 million.
Bayer Leverkusen let popular Renato Augusto return to Brazil (Corinthians) for some 3.5 million, and picked another 230,000 by selling Zvonko Pamic to Dinao Zagreb. They also paid 2.6 million to Poland’s Gornik Zabre for Arkadiusz Milik.
Hannover 96 got Johann Djorou on loan from Arsenal, and paid 800,000 to MSV Duisburg for Andre Hoffmann, not sure if either move will help them now.
The only other interesting trade was Marco Russ leaving Wolfsburg, to Eintracht Frankfurt for 500,000. Russ never panned out at the VWs, who lost some 2.5 million on this Felix Magath inspired move. The winner? Well, Russ came from Frankfurt in the first palce.