Malen, Sabitzer and Silva in Bundesliga Transfer XI summer 2021



Andre Silva and Donyell Malen up front, with Marcel Sabitzer in midfield in a team backed by Dayot Upamecano? produced a starting XI among many actors and shakers ahead of the new season…

Gregor Kobel
Position: Goalkeeper
Age: 23
Country: Switzerland (cap U21)
Of: VfB Stuttgart
TO: Borussia Dortmund

Kobel isn’t the first or even the second Swiss goalkeeper in Dortmund’s books, but he just might be the best. While compatriots Roman Bürki and Marwin Hitz split their playing time at Signal Iduna Park last season, the ever-present Kobel supported VfB Stuttgart’s promotion to ninth place. An imposing 6’4 “tall, Kobel has started 33 of the Swabians’ possible 34 games while making 110 saves – more than any other goalkeeper in the top half of the table. With a more secure defense ahead of him, the Former Hoffenheim and Augsburg the man is hoping his goalie exploits will translate into more than the six clean sheets he won in 2020/21.

Gregor Kobel is Borussia Dortmund’s new No.1, replacing fellow Swiss Roman Bürki. – LDF / Getty Images / Lukas Schulze

Silvan widmer
Position: Rear right / rear right
Age: 28
Country: Switzerland (20 caps / 1 goal)
Of: Basel
TO: Mainz

One of the big winners of Euro 2020, Widmer has impressed so much on the right for Switzerland. Barely a blade of grass was left untouched by Widmer’s boots, especially during the round of 16 victory against France. After three seasons in Basel, he will now be unleashed for Mainz, whose Swiss sports director Martin Schmidt is convinced he has won a star. “With his experience and reputation as Switzerland’s best right-back at the moment, Widmer is a huge victory for us, not just as a footballer but as a person,” Schmidt said. “It was the good surprise of this Euro for Switzerland.” With nine goals and 17 assists in 117 games for Basel, his offensive contribution has been considerable.

Mohamed simakan
Position: Center-back / right-back
Age: 21
Country: France (U20 case)
Of: Strasbourg
TO: RB Leipzig

Leipzig lost French central defense mainstays Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate to Bayern Munich and Liverpool respectively over the summer, but their solution was quite simple: go and buy another! Simakan’s older brother Ismael Bangoura – a former UEFA Champions League forward with Dynamo Kyiv – has previously compared the 21-year-old France international to Lilian Thuram. Simakan, who has joined Strasbourg, may still have some way to go before equaling the France record holder, but if he can start by filling Upamecano and Konate’s boots, Leipzig will be happy.

Dayot Upamecano
Position: Central defender
Age: 22
Country: France (3 caps / 1 goal)
Of: RB Leipzig
TO: Bayern Munich

To concern: Upamecano, the perfect signing for Bayern

Upamecano will however have to be replaced. A year older than Simakan, he is already a full-fledged international for the world champions and has followed the same path as coach Julian Nagelsmann in trading Leipzig for Bayern ahead of the 2021/22 campaign. Upamecano may be an imposing physical presence whose pace used to frustrate Timo Werner in jetting heels in Leipzig training, but his work with the ball is arguably more impressive. Last season, Upamecano averaged 94 touches per game – fifth in the league – and completed 91% of his passes.

Mitchel bakker
Position: Leaving behind
Age: 21
Country: Netherlands (U21 10 caps)
Of: Paris Saint Germain
TO: Bayer Leverkusen

Coming from the famous Ajax academy, left-back Mitchel Bakker joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 without kicking a ball in the Dutch Eredivisie. After a season to settle in his new environment, he became a regular in the French Ligue 1 under former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel before Mauricio Pochettino arrived in the French capital. The Dutch U21 international is looking to start his career in Leverkusen. A left-back who likes to go forward, Bakker also has the height to help in a more central position and he has already contributed a goal and an assist in his first three league outings for Leverkusen.

Kevin-Prince Boateng
Position: Attacking midfielder / winger
Age: 34
Country: Ghana (15 caps / 2 goals) / Germany (U21 cap)
Of: Monza
TO: Hertha Berlin

To concern: Owo met Boateng in 2018

Some of the most spectacular goals of the past decade in Europe came from Boateng, who returned home for the twilight of his career. It’s no surprise that Barcelona are among their former clubs, such is the level of talent the Berlin-born midfielder prides himself on, and after an unsuccessful attempt to lift Monza – owned by the former AC president Milan Silvio Berlusconi, with whom Boateng won a Scudetto – in the Italian Serie A, he chose to go back to his roots to play the last years of a career which has been nothing but spectacular.

Marcel sabitzer
Position: Central midfielder
Age: 27
Country: Austria (54 caps / 8 goals)
Of: RB Leipzig
TO: Bayern Munich

The Leipzig captain follows Nagelsmann and Upamecano from Saxony to Bavaria, as the reigning champions further bolstered their ranks on the penultimate day of the summer transfer window. Sabitzer – Leipzig’s second-best player alongside Peter Gulacsi and third-highest scorer in club history – adds even more quality to a midfielder that already contains Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich. The 27-year-old brings with him 145 Bundesliga appearances, along with 32 top-level goals and 27 assists, immediately making the Bundesliga winners record an even more powerful team in 2021/22.

To concern: Sabitzer’s love at first sight wins February 2020/21 Goal of the Month

Jens Petter Hauge
Position: Midfielder
Age: 21
Country: Norway (3 selections)
Of: AC Milan
TO: Eintracht Frankfurt (on loan)

Norway international Hauge arrived on Die Adler’s left wing from Italian giant Milan, hoping to help Frankfurt soar. “My goal is to contribute a lot of goals and assists,” the 21-year-old said after signing the one-season loan deal. And that’s exactly what he’s done so far, making an amazing start to life in the commercial capital. As a second-half substitute on Matchday 1, Hauge found the back of the net in his side’s 5-2 loss to Dortmund and scored two goals in three matches after scoring again in the game. His new team drew 1-1 with Arminia Bielefeld on matchday three. .

Donyell malen
Position: Striker
Age: 22
Country: Netherlands (13 caps / 2 goals)
Of: PSV Eindhoven
TO: Borussia Dortmund

Dutch champion 2017/18, Malen now hopes to add the German title to his collection as Dortmund seek to end Bayern’s nine-year grip on the Meisterchale. With 19 goals and eight assists in 32 Eredivisie appearances, Malen – who was previously in the youth academies of Ajax and Arsenal – has been signed to replace contributions from Jadon Sancho and the 22-year-old is looking forward to take his game to the next level at Signal Iduna Park. He said: “Dortmund are a top European club who are always at the top of the Bundesliga and have high demands on themselves in the Champions League. I can’t wait to be on the pitch with my new teammates, so I can measure myself against the best. “

Donyell Malen arrived at Signal Iduna Park in hopes of taking his game to the next level and delivering the title to Borussia Dortmund. – Lukas Schulze / Bundesliga / Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images

Andre Silva
Position: Striker
Age: 25
Country: Portugal (42 caps / 16 goals)
Of: Eintracht Frankfurt
TO: RB Leipzig

Erling Haaland may now be a household name, but Norway’s Dortmund goal machine was actually dominated by Silva last season, with the Portugal international scoring one more goal for Frankfurt (28) than Haaland for BVB ( 27). Now in Leipzig, Silva hopes to continue from last season and be the long-term successor to Timo Werner, who left for Champions League-winning Chelsea in the summer of 2020. “You should never set limits and you should always try to do that. do your best and get the best you can, and I don’t want to set limits when it comes to goals, “Silva said in terms that will sound like a warning to defenders around the world. whole.

To concern: Silva’s Bundesliga mixtape

Stevan Jovetic
Position: Striker
Age: 31
Country: Montenegro (55 caps / 27 goals)
Of: Monaco
TO: Hertha Berlin

Having already scored in the top English, French, Italian, Serbian and Spanish, Jovetic has already added Germany to the roster, having scored a first game in the sixth minute in the capital club’s 3-1 defeat. in Cologne on the first day. Jovetic brings with him a wealth of experience at the end of the Hertha attack, which was crucial for the old lady’s recruiting team this summer. As sporting director Fredi Bobic explained: “Stevan is a classic center-forward, who has a lot of experience in the best European leagues. He has scored goals in the Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1 and La Liga. His qualities as a footballer, as well as his personality will help us immediately. “


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