While most English football fans were distracted by the comings and goings involving Premier League clubs, the German top flight saw some outstanding pieces of business.
Here we take a look at 10 of the best:
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Shakhtar Donetsk to Borussia Dortmund)
Once believed to be destined for Liverpool, the prolific Armenian instead signed for Borussia Dortmund for a reported fee of £24.4million. It was a substantial outlay, but given the attacking midfielder’s previous form it was money extremely well spent. His 25 goals in 29 league games for Shakhtar last season saw him crowned the Ukrainian league’s top scorer.
At just 24, he is already an outstanding footballer and his two goals against Eintracht Frankfurt maintained Dortmund’s 100% start to the season.
Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona to Bayern Munich)
Another player long-linked with a move to the Premier League, the Spaniard instead reunited with his former manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern...and subsequently suffered ligament damage on his debut, ruling him out for seven weeks.
But despite that setback there is no doubt the German champions have signed a gem, and for a bargain price of £21.6million. In time he has the potential to become a Bayern great.
Max Kruse (SC Freiburg to Borussia Monchengladbach)
SC Freiburg’s last, outstanding, campaign saw them finish 5th in the Bundesliga, just four points away from a Champions League place. But this season is a different story, with the side currently 16th with no wins from four matches.
That they are suffering from some significant changes in personnel is clear, not least the loss of Max Kruse. In truth this isn’t exactly a summer transfer; Gladbach agreed a deal for the 25-year-old back in April. But he makes the list anyway.
His 11 goals and eight assists played a huge part in Freiburg’s campaign, and he already has two goals for his new club.
Daniel Caligiuri (SC Freiburg to Wolfsburg)
The winger is the second former Freiburg player to make the list, despite the fact that he is yet to make a competitive appearance for his new club. Caligiuri signed for Wolfsburg for a little over £2million, only to suffer ligament damage back in July.
With the tear not as bad as first thought, he is likely to be missing for weeks rather than months, and when he returns Wolfsburg will be getting a nippy winger with the habit of drawing a foul or three.
Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich)
When Gotze controversially joined Bayern from Dortmund this summer he must have thought he was on the route to superstardom. And then new manager Pep Guardiola signed Thiago, and Gotze must have wondered if he would be as loved and appreciated as first thought.
In truth there is room for both of them to shine, and ultimately form one of the most devastating midfield partnerships in world football. But given that Bayern’s midfield was already among the best in the world, there is a question as to who will be picked for the biggest games when everyone is fit.
Considering his talent and his potential to be among the very best in Europe, Gotze makes this list with ease.
Luiz Gustavo (Bayern Munich to Wolfsburg)
Many an English club’s midfield solution, Gustavo instead opted to remain in Germany. And what a start he has had – man-of-the-match on his debut for Wolfsburg against Schalke and then sent off in his second game against Mainz 05.
Still, the Brazilian is a fantastic player and will prove to be a stellar signing for his new club. Now a regular starter for his country, and with 35 appearances in Bayern’s treble-winning campaign, he is an excellent addition to a side with a desire to better that disappointing 11th-place finish last season.
Heung Min Son (SV Hamburg to Bayer Leverkusen)
Yet another player previously linked with a move to the Premier League, the 21-year-old forward instead made his way to Sami Hyypia’s Leverkusen. After a stand-out campaign with previous club Hamburg – during which he scored 12 goals in 33 appearances – the South Korean international moved this summer for a reported fee of €10million.
Two-footed, quick and great in front of goal, it is little wonder clubs across Europe were reportedly interested in him.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (St. Etienne to Borussia Dortmund)
Scoring a hat-trick on your debut is a pretty decent way to impress your new fans, and that is exactly what Aubameyang did on the opening Bundesliga weekend, scoring three in a 4-0 win against Augsburg. It was the continuation of the fine form he had showed in Ligue 1, where he scored 35 goals and provided 16 assists in two seasons.
With Robert Lewandowski eventually off to Bayern Munich, it appears Jurgen Klopp has replaced at least some of his goals following the signing of the 24-year-old Gabon international.
Kevin-Prince Boateng (AC Milan to Schalke)
This one was something of a surprise, with Boateng only moving to Schalke last Friday. The two goals the midfielder scored in AC Milan’s Champions League qualifier against PSV showed exactly what he is capable of, and his arrival prompted them to their first win of the season at the weekend.
Whether he will prove to be their new inspiration remains to be seen, but the 26-year-old is a hugely gifted player.
Timm Klose (FC Nuremberg to Wolfsburg)
Wolfsburg have done some mightily impressive business during this window, and the signing of Klose could be the best piece of all. The imposing defender has been brought in to shore up a defence that conceded 52 goals last season, and at just 25, he has years to improve further.
Able to read the game on the deck and dominate in the air, Klose could form a formidable partnership with Naldo at the heart of Wolfsburg’s defence.
Do you agree with our picks? If not, who did we miss?
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