Unlike England, deadline day was very busy in Germany where plenty of the Bundesliga’s eager teams decided to make changes to their squads in the hope of improving their fortunes in the second half of the season.
Bayern Munich made the headlines all throughout the transfer window, but ultimately missed out on their main targets as Lucas Hernandez remained at Atletico Madrid while Chelsea refused to sell Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.94), despite the player requesting to leave and Bayern meeting their £40 million valuation. They did secure a deal for Benjamin Pavard (£1.89), but not until the summer, with Stuttgart uninterested in receiving extra money to sell him earlier. The transfer of Alphonso Davies (£3.65) was agreed a long time ago, but he has shown glimpses of his talent in a couple of substitute appearances already.
Borussia Dortmund brought in one player during the window, but his arrival should not have a major impact in the short-term as they look to win the Bundesliga title for the first time since 2012. Leonardo Balerdi (£1.54) arrived for £15m from Boca Juniors, but made just four league starts in Argentina, so will take time to adapt despite his enormous potential. BVB have injury problems at the back, but Lucien Favre will probably not use Balerdi much this season, with midfielder Julian Weigl stepping into a centre-back role after Dortmund rejected an offer from PSG.
Eintracht Frankfurt were busy on deadline day, adding three new players in order to challenge for a Champions League spot. They already have one of the best attacks in Europe with Luka Jovic (£6.59), Ante Rebic (£2.00), and Sebastien Haller (£2.68), but now have depth throughout their team, which will help them compete domestically and in Europe. Martin Hinteregger (£0.55) criticised Augsburg head coach Manuel Baum, leaving Augbsurg with no choice other than to sell him. The whole affair turned out well for the Austrian, who was allowed to leave and join Frankfurt, where he will add experience to their defence. The other two deadline day arrivals were Monaco right-back Almamy Toure (£0.68) and Brazilian teenager Tuta (to be IPO’d), who is a long-term prospect. Toure’s arrival on loan allows Adi Hutter more scope in tactical approach as he can better choose four or three at the back depending on the opponent.
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) January 30, 2019
The British invasion of Germany continued with Rabbi Matondo (£2.62) moving to Schalke from Manchester City for £13m. The Wales international never played a senior game for the Premier League side, but wasted no time in Germany, making his debut off the bench just days after landing in Gelsenkirchen. Schalke also went out and signed a replacement for Naldo in Jeffrey Bruma, and cut ties with Chelsea’s Abdul Rahman Baba who did not live up to expectations.
We are delighted to announce the loan singing of @emilesmithrowe!
The 18-year-old joins us on loan until the end of the season from @Arsenal and will wear the number 18 shirt.
Welcome to Leipzig, Emile!
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) January 31, 2019
RB Leipzig added their own player from the UK, loaning Emile Smith Rowe (£3.40) from Arsenal, but their best signing in January was Tyler Adams (£1.94), who moved from the club’s American affiliate, New York Red Bulls. He has already become a key member of the squad, starting two games so far, where he covered the most distance of any player and helped his new Red Bulls to two wins. Amadou Haidara (£1.76) moved from Red Bull Salzburg and also battle for a starting role in midfield with Leipzig now only focusing their attention on domestic matters following their Europa League exit.
A few teams decided not to make a move in the transfer window, with Borussia Monchengladbach, Hertha Berlin, Mainz, and Wolfsburg all deciding they were happy with their squads or else unable to get their targets.
But perhaps the most interesting transfer of all was Dawid Kownacki’s (£1.19) loan move from Sampdoria to Fortuna Dusseldorf. The Polish striker has found it hard to get gametime this season in Italy, but is highly rated and should bring goals to Dusseldorf after rejecting a similar loan offer from Schalke. If the 20-year-old does impress in the Bundesliga, F95 have the option to buy him at the end of the loan.