With the start of 2017, the January transfer window is open – so here’s a look at who some of the Bundesliga clubs could be signing.
Clockwise from top left: Holger Badstuber, Timothée Kolodziejczak, Paul-Georges Ntep, Mario Lemina, Stevan Jovetić
Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich)
Linked with: Hamburg
Badstuber does seem destined to leave Bayern in this transfer window, and although it might be more tempting for him to go to Man City, Hamburg are attempting to hijack the deal and persuade him to stay in Germany with them. It would be a fairly cheap deal at around €3 million, and would send out a positive message towards Hamburg’s relegation rivals.
Mario Lemina (Juventus)
Linked with: RB Leipzig, Hertha Berlin and Schalke
With the arrival of Tomás Rincón at Juventus, and their continual targeting of other central midfielders, it appears there isn’t much hope of a future in Turin for Mario Lemina – with Juve apparently willing to listen to offers of €15m. RB Leipzig, Hertha Berlin and Schalke have all been mentioned as possible destinations for the Gabonese midfielder.
Fedor Smolov (FC Krasnodar)
Linked with: Borussia Dortmund
With Aubameyang leaving for the African Cup of Nations, and Adrian Ramos linked with a move away, Dortmund are in need of a new striker. They have been monitoring Krasnodar’s Fedor Smolov for a while now, and appear ready to make a bid for their target in this window.
Paul-Georges Ntep (Stade Rennais)
Linked with: Wolfsburg
Now that Julian Draxler has left Wolfsburg for PSG, the German club should be looking at finding a replacement – and early reports are suggesting that they are willing to make a move for Stade Rennais’ winger Paul-Georges Ntep. Money shouldn’t be an issue, as he will only cost around £8.5m (Draxler moved for £34m) – so it is just a case of beating the competition to his signature.
Stevan Jovetić (Inter Milan)
Linked with: Borussia Mönchengladbach and Schalke
Inter’s Montenegrin striker Jovetić hasn’t had the best of times since originally leaving Man City on loan to Inter. Now that they have bought him permanently, they are ready to sell him on – and there are a fair few teams willing to take a chance on him, with Gladbach and Schalke the German sides interested. They both are struggling in attack – through a combination of a lack of form and injuries – but face competition from Sevilla and Chinese clubs for the striker.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Linked with: Borussia Dortmund
Another player likely to be added to Dortmund’s squad during the January window is Arsenal’s American startlet Gedion Zelalem – who is growing increasingly frustrated by the lack of opportunities he is getting at the Emirates. With Dortmund showing a staunch commitment to youth over the past few seasons, and having another American youngster in Christian Pulisic, there is every chance this deal will happen.
Oliver Ntcham (Man City)
Linked with: RB Leipzig
The undoubtedly talented youngster is suffering from off-the-field problems during his loan at Serie A side Genoa, who look set to cancel his loan. However, his potential talent mean that there is a lot of clubs who are still interested, albeit RB Leipzig are the only interested side in Germany. It is unknown whether it would be a loan deal or a permanent deal.
Timothee Kolodziejczak (Sevilla)
Linked with: Borussia Mönchengladbach
This one looks close to a deal – with various reports saying a fee of €8-10m has been agreed for the versatile French defender who has found himself on the fringes of the Sevilla squad since Jorge Sampaoli took over in the summer. Another one that should be confirmed soon.