The transfer window slams shut on Friday. While most of the German clubs have concluded their serious dealings in this window, there are still a few moves that need to be made.
With the knowledge that one or two of Shinji Kagawa, Mario Götze, and Robert Lewandowski would be leaving the club in addition to Lucas Barrios, who already announced his departure, BVB beat Bayern to the punch of signing Marco Reus away from Borussia Mönchengladbach. With only Kagawa departing, Reus slides right into the starting 11 and provide a different attack than the Japanese international did.
BVB added some depth behind Lewandowski with the signing of Julian Schieber from Stuttgart. He, and to a lesser extent Reus, will be filling in when the Polish international needs a rest.
It wasn't a very active transfer window for the champions, but they really didn't have a lot of work to do. All that was needed was some minor tweaks to an otherwise fantastic squad. I don't think BVB will be doing any more business in this window. However, Jürgen Klopp may want to consider looking at bringing in a fullback to push both Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek.
Bayern have accomplished everything that they set out to this summer. Needing to add players all over the field, Bayern moved and acquired everyone they set out to get.
Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro were brought in to add variety and depth at the forward position. Xherdan Shaqiri was brought in to push Franck Ribery, Thomas Müller, and Arjen Robben for a starting position. Dante will be competing all season long with Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng for the starting centerback position. Tom Starke will step in as Manuel Neuer's back up goalkeeper.
The big catch for Bayern this window is the €40 million prize that is Javi Martinez. He can fill in at centerback or defensive midfield for the club, but he'll likely start next to Bastian Schweinsteiger once he returns from injury.
If Bayern make another move in this window, it's going to be selling a player. The player rumored to be sold is Anatoliy Tymoshchuk to Dynamo Moscow. The depth at defensive midfield is there now, and he's surplus to requirements at this time.
While they haven't been very active in bringing in players this window, Schalke have been busy shipping out some unwanted guys. Jan Moravek, Carlos Zambrano, Peer Kluge, and Hans Sarpei were shown the door either through a transfer or being straight released.
The one departure Schalke will be disappointed with is Raul heading to a team in the desert. The Spanish legend scored 28 goals in his two seasons with the club, but his leadership on the pitch and in that locker room won't be soon forgotten.
One player that Schalke brought in this summer that will make an immediate impact is Roman Neustädter. The 24 year old defensive midfielder started in the first league match against Hannover 96. The additions of Tranquillo Barnetta and Chinedu Obasi to the attack will add some depth.
There are currently rumors all over Europe that Zenit Saint Petersburg has put in a €20 million bid for centerback Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Schalke do have the depth to withstand the loss of the young defender with Joel Matip, Benedikt Höwedes, and Christoph Metzelder.
I think Schalke is done in the window this summer, but they need more depth at the forward position. If something were to happen to Klaas Jan Huntelaar this season, they don't have many players to fill in for him. The only true option is Ciprian Marica to step in as a replacement. Schalke would be smart to move for another forward before the window slams shut.
Gladbach were in an unfortunate position this summer when they loss their best forward, midfielder, and defender. They lost very talented players in Marco Reus, Roman Neustädter, and Dante. They managed to replace them with younger talent that have remarkable room for improvement.
Luuk de Jong joined from Twente and should eventually start finding goals for the club. He's a different style player than Reus, but if he starts finding the back of the net Gladbach should be fine. Centerback Alvaro Dominguez made the move over from Atletico Madrid and will play himself into the starting eleven once he adjusts to the Bundesliga.
The transfer to watch is new boy Granit Xhaka. He comes over from the Swiss Super League champions FC Basel. He's outstanding on the ball and is going to be an absolutely brilliant player for Gladbach this year.
Otherwise, the transfer dealings this summer for Gladbach do appear to be over. The club isn't flush with money, but their squad is good enough to compete in the league. Where could the strengthen their squad? I don't think there's enough depth in the center of midfield if Xhaka or Havard Nordtveit go down with an injury. If the club were to make a move, I'd like to see it here.
Other Transfers To Watch
Hamburg have been looking to make a move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. Reports suggest that personal terms have been agreed, but the club refuses to meet the €18 million transfer demand. The club did make a €4 million move for Petr Jiracek, so it remains to be seen if they will splash the cash for the Dutch midfielder.
Hoffenheim are looking to ship Ryan Babel out of town. He's expendable at the club and most, if not all, of the buyers are lower table, English clubs.
Young Swiss defender Ricardo Rodriguez has been linked with a move away from Wolfsburg. Barcelona have been sniffing around him but haven't pushed forward with a legitimate offer yet.
Bayer Leverkusen rebuked an offer earlier this summer from Chelsea just north of €22 million for Andre Schürrle. Reports in the German press suggest that Chelsea are prepared to increase their offer for the midfielder.