There is a huge amount of transfer news coming out of the Bundesliga the most prominent of which is that Borussia Dortmund has won the race to sign the highly coveted Rennes forward Ousmane Dembele.
The 18 year old, who last week claimed that he turned down an offer from Leicester City, has signed a five year contract with Dortmund. Over the course of this season Dembele scored 12 goals in Ligue 1 and he was recently named the French Young Player of the Year.
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Bayern Munich has also been busy signing up players. They have just signed Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels.
Sanches had been linked with a move to Arsenal, Manchester United or Liverpool but Bayern has signed him for an initial fee of £27.5 million while Hummels has been signed on a deal which lasts until 2021.
Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that Sanches is a “dynamic, technically gifted midfielder who is string in the tackle and will strengthen our squad.” He said that Hummels “is one of the world’s best centre backs. He will increase the quality of our team even more.”
Sanches had signed a new contract at Benfica in November but it contained a release clause which was triggered by a transfer offer of £35 million. Bayern’s Deputy Chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen said that the club are paying the fee “plus possible bonus payments that could become due if for example the player is named in the World Team of the Year or FIFA World Player of the Year”.
Hummels had one year left on his contract at Dortmund who had placed a non-negotiable price of £31.5 million on him. Hummels said that leaving was not an easy decision and that he will always be proud to have been part of the team.