Bundesliga transfer blog: German World Cup hero Andre Schürrle retires from football | DW | 17.07.2020

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  • Arminia Bielefeld sign 1860 Munich forward on a free
  • Salomon Kalou joins Botafogo
  • Union Berlin recruit Düsseldorf’s Nico Giesselmann
  • RB Leipzig sign Hwang Hee-Chan and Benjamin Henrichs

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Germany’s transfer window was open for one day on July 1. It will reopen between July 15 and October 5. Here are the latest deals from the Bundesliga.

July 17

Retired: Andre Schürrle

German World Cup winner André Schürrle has announced his retirement from football at the age of just 29. The attacking midfielder made 207 Bundesliga appearances during spells with Mainz, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund, winning two German Cups, although he also won the English Premier League with Chelsea.

However, he is mostly remembered for his cross which set up Mario Götze’s winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina in Brazil, a moment which ultimately turned out to be the zenith of a difficult career which petered out with loan spells at Fulham and Spartak Moscow.

Speaking to German magazine Der Spiegel about his decision, Schürrle revealed how football made him “rich but lonely” as “the low points got ever lower and the high points ever fewer.” 

July 16

Rumor: Jude Bellingham – Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund

One of the worst kept transfer secrets of 2020 looks set to be officially revealed, with young English prospect Jude Bellingham, 17, reportedly in Dortmund in order to sign a deal with the Bundesliga outfit. Bellingham, a central midfielder, just needs to add his signature to complete the €23 million deal, according to numerous outlets in England and Germany. The move has echoes of Dortmund’s signing of Jadon Sancho, from Manchester City in 2017, though Bellingham has already racked up more than 40 senior appearances. 

July 15

Done deal: Noel Niemann – 1860 Munich to Arminia Bielefeld

Newly-promoted Arminia Bielefeld have signed forward Noel Niemann from 1860 Munich on a free transfer. The 20-year-old made 13 appearances for the third-division side last season, scoring two goals and contributing two assists.

July 14

Rumor: David Alaba – Bayern Munich to Manchester City

After having their Champions League ban overturned, Manchester City are back in the transfer market – and Pep Guardiola is on the hunt for defensive reinforcements. According to The Guardian, Bayern Munich’s David Alaba is his number one choice. The Austrian international only has one year left on his contract with the German champions, and coach Hansi Flick has insisted he wants him to stay.

July 13

Rumor: Milot Rashica – Werder Bremen to RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig have had an initial bid for Werder Bremen forward Milot Rashica turned down, according to BILD. The Red Bull side reportedly offered €15 million rising to €18 million with add-ons but the Northerners are holding out for €25 million for the 24-year-old Kosovan international who has scored 24 goals in 74 appearances for Bremen.

July 12

Rumor: Weston McKennie  — Schalke to the Premier League

According to Sky Sports in Germany, Schalke and US international midfielder Weston McKennie wants to leave the club and move to the Premier League. Schalke would apparently not stand in his way, but would expect a fee of somewhere between €20 and €30 million for the midfielder.

Rumor: Kai Havertz — Leverkusen to Chelsea

While Kai Havertz is keen to leave Leverkusen this summer, his destination is less obvious. Chelsea might be the team currently in the headlines but after their loss to Sheffield United the race for the top four is back on in the Premier League. It’s clear whoever wants Kai Havertz has to be in the Champions League next season.

July 11

Rumor: Milot Rashica — Werder Bremen to RB Leipzig

Werder Bremen’s sporting director Frank Baumann has said that Rashica is in talks with a club but that others are also interested. “We have to assume he won’t be playing for us next season.” Rashica reportedly has a release clause of €35 million.

July 10

Done deal: Salomon Kalou — Hertha Berlin to Botafogo

Salomon Kalou is departing the German capital after six seasons. The 34-year-old forward, who made just seven appearances for Hertha last season, has signed an 18-month contract with Brazilian side Botafogo. Kalou scored 54 goals and registered 13 assists in 173 games for Hertha.

Done deal: Nathan de Medina — Mouscron to Arminia Bielefeld

Newly promoted Bielefeld have completed their third signing in less that two weeks as they prepare for their Bundesliga return. They have announced that Nathan de Medina, a 22-year-old Belgian defender, has signed with the club from Belgian side Royal Excel Mouscron. 

July 9

Rumor: Hannes Wolf — RB Leipzig to Borussia Mönchengladbach

Could Marco Rose reunite with one of his former young talents? According to Kicker, the Foals are in talks with RB Leipzig over a potential one-year loan of 21-year-old Hannes Wolf. The Austrian midfielder, who moved from RB Salzburg to Leipzig one year ago, made just five appearances for the Red Bulls this past season.

Done deal: Niko Giesselmann — Union Berlin to Fortuna Düsseldorf

Niko Giesselmann has received another chance in the Bundesliga after being relegated with Fortuna Düsseldorf. The 28-year-old defender has signed a contract with Union Berlin that is valid for both the top-flight and the second division.

Done deal: Christian Gebauer — Altach to Arminia Bielefeld

Newly promoted Arminia Bielefeld have already made their second signing of the transfer season. They have announced that 26-year-old Austrian midfielder Christian Gebauer has moved to the club from Austrian side Altach on a free transfer and has signed a three-year contract until 2023.

July 8

Done deal: Benjamin Henrichs — Monaco to RB Leipzig

Benjamin Henrichs is returning to the Bundesliga after two seasons in Monaco. The German defender will spend next season with RB Leipzig on loan from Monaco, with Leipzig possessing a buy option in the agreement. Henrichs, who was part of the Germany team that won the Confederations Cup in 2017, made only 13 appearances for Monaco last season while dealing with back trouble.

Done deal: Hwang Hee-chan — RB Salzburg to RB Leipzig

Another expected deal is official. Hwang Hee-chan has joined RB Leipzig from RB Salzburg. Hwang has signed a five-year deal for around nine million euros, potentially rising to €14 million depending on bonuses.

The South Korean attacker will wear Timo Werner’s former number 11 shirt. Hwang also becomes the 18th player to have made the move from RB Salzburg to RB Leipzig.

July 7

Done deal: Sebastian Rudy, Mark Uth — Hoffenheim/Cologne to Schalke

Schalke’s sport’s chairman Jochen Schneider confirmed to Sport1 that Schalke have both Sebastian Rudy and Mark Uth in their plans for the new season. The pair have returned from loan spells at Hoffenheim and Cologne respectively.

Done deal: Sebastian Griesbeck — Heidenheim to Union Berlin

The veteran midfielder has signed on with Union Berlin after helping Heidenheim attain third place in the second division, their highest ever finish in club history. 

July 6

Rumor: Thiago Alcantara — Bayern Munich to Liverpool

Liverpool are emerging as strong favorites to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who seems set to leave the German champions this year. The Premier League side are reported to have tabled a bid of €30 millio with some outlets already reporting that the Spaniard has agreed personal terms with the English champions. When Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp was asked about the speculation, he replied: “Would you be surprise if I don’t give an answer on that? Thiago is a good player, I like a lot of other players out there, but that’s all I have to say.”

Rumor: Benjamin Henrichs — Monaco to RB Leipzig

German defender Benjamin Henrichs is edging closer to a loan move to Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig. The 23-year-old departed Bayer Leverkusen for Monaco last year, but Leipzig are keen to bring him home.

July 5

Rumor: Kai Havertz — Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

A transfer saga is brewing. Following Bayern Chairperson Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s comments (see July 4), the English press stoked the fires of the rumors linking Havertz’s to Chelsea. However, former Leverkusen head coach Rainer Calmund thinks differently: “From those around him, it’s clear that Spain is his dream destination.”

Read more: What next for Kai Havertz?

Rumor: Waldemar Anton — Hannover 96 to Stuttgart

Waldemar Anton wants to join Stuttgart and Stuttgart want to sign the former Germany Under-21. The clubs have reportedly already reached an agreement on a deal worth €5 million plus bonuses, but Hannover president Martin Kind is yet to give the green light.

July 4

Rumor: Kai Havertz — Bayer Leverkusen to Bayern Munich

Talking to Sport1, Bayern Chairperson Karl-Heinz Rummenigge outlined that a “Havertz transfer will not be financially possible for us this year.” The 64-year-old went on to say that his “wish for Rudi Völler [Bayer 04’s sporting director] is that he stays one more year in Leverkusen.”

Rumor: Thiago — Bayern Munich to Liverpool

Thiago reportedly has one foot out of Bayern’s door with Rummenigge admitting that “it looks like he [Thiago] wants to do something new”. Premier League champions Liverpool are reportedly the front-runners for the 29-year-old, who has made 231 appearances for Bayern since joining from Barcelona in 2013.

Rumor: Angelino — Manchester City to Leipzig

Having already extended Angelino’s loan deal by two months; RB Leipzig are intent on securing the Spaniard’s services beyond the end of the season. With a permanent signing off the table, reports in Germany suggest the clubs are in “advanced talks”. 

July 3

Done deal: Leroy Sane — Manchester City to Bayern Munich

After a year-long transfer saga, Leroy Sane has finally completed his move from Manchester City to Bayern Munich. The German international has signed a five-year contract until 2025, with reports suggesting his transfer will cost the Bavarians approximately €50 million. 

Rumor: Jude Bellingham — Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund appear on the verge of signing another English teenager. According to Bild, the club has reached a five-year agreement with Bellingham, with Birmingham City receiving a €23 million transfer fee. the 17-year-old played 38 games for Birmingham last season, 35 of which came in the English second-tier Championship. 

Done deal: Christian Gentner — Union Berlin

Union Berlin have announced that veteran midfielder Christian Gentner has signed a contract extension with the club, but have not outlined how long the new deal will last. “The challenge of keeping Union in the Bundesliga is of enormous motivation for me,” said the former Stuttgart man.

July 2

Done deal: Achraf Hakimi — Real Madrid to Inter Milan

Real Madrid has confirmed that defender Achraf Hakimi, who has spent the previous two seasons on loan with Dortmund, is headed to Italy. Media reports suggest the 21-year-old defender has completed a move to Inter Milan for a fee of €40 million.

July 1

Done deal: Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi — PSG to Bayern Munich

A day after completing their first transfer of the offseason, Bayern Munich have announced a second. They completed the free transfer of French defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain, with the 18-year-old inking a four-year contract until 2024. He is the fourth French international Bayern have recruited over the past two seasons.

June 30

Done deal: Alexander Nübel — Schalke to Bayern Munich

After announcing the transfer back in Janaury, the final formalities of Alexander Nübel’s deal to join Bayern Munich from Schalke have been completed. The 23-year-old keeper, who kept 15 clean sheets in 53 appearances for the Royal Blues, has set himself the target of “constantly developing” in Bavaria.

Done deal: Jacob Barrett Laursen — Odense to Arminia Bielefeld

Two days after lifting the Bundesliga 2 title, newly promoted Arminia Bielefeld completed their first signing of the new season. They announced that Jacob Barrett Laursen, a 25-year-old Danish defender, has moved to Bielefeld from Odense on a free transfer, inking a three-year contract until 2023.

June 29

Done deal: Jeremy Toljan — Dortmund to Sassuolo

Borussia Dortmund have announced that right-back Jeremy Toljan will extend his loan at Serie A side Sassuolo by a further year. According to reports, there’s a clause that will see the deal made permanent should Toljan make a certain amount of appearances.

Done deal: Rafal Gikiewicz, Daniel Caligiuri, Tobias Strobl — to Augsburg

Augsburg have moved swiftly to complete a trio of free transfer coups. Union Berlin’s Rafal Gikiewicz should solve the goalkeeping problem, while Daniel Caligiuri and Tobias Strobl, who have joined from Schalke and Borussia Mönchengladbach respectively, bring the experience of a combined 450 Bundesliga appearances with them.

Rumor: Hwang Hee-chan — Red Bull Salzburg to RB Leipzig

According to reports from South Korean broadcaster KBS, forward Hwang Hee-chan is on the verge of becoming the latest Red Bull Salzburg player to make the switch to RB Leipzig. The clubs have reportedly already agreed on a transfer.

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