It has been a busy transfer window in the Bundesliga so far, with some teams making as much as eight signings already. Most eyes have been turned to current Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, whom have not held back in strengthening their squad early on. The departure of Bastian Schwinestieger to Manchester United swept the media, with the pressure building slightly on Pep Guardiola for him to find a replacement before the transfer window ends; he did not disappoint. Bayern purchased Shaktar Donetsk winger, Douglas Costa for a rumoured fee of £30 million before spending around £40 million on Champions League finalist and Copa America winner Arturo Vidal from Serie A champions Juventus. This is being perceived as the best possible replacement for the long-serving Bastian Schwinestieger.
With all of this high-profile transfer activity occurring, the spotlight has been steered away from other clubs in the division; perhaps to the advantage of FC Koln. So far, the Bundesliga outfit have made a total of six signings, alongside eight departures. With Kevin Wimmer making the switch to Tottenham Hotspur and top scorer Anthony Ujah leaving for Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen, there may have been a tad of pessimism arising from the Cologne camp. However, their business has been extremely impressive with the likes of midfielders Milos Jojic ariving from Dortmund and Leonardo Bittencourt moving from Hannover; not to mention the likes of centre-back Frederick Sorensen making the switch from Juventus, Anthony Modeste coming from Hoffenheim and the promising Dominique Heintz arriving from K’lautern.
All five of the signings mentioned above have arrived at FC Koln for a total fee estimated to be under £10 million, which isn’t short of extraordinary considering the inflation of the market in this day and age.
Koln will be looking to build on their solid 12th place finish in the Bundesliga last season and with the signings they’ve made so far, they could be potential dark-horses to make a push for a Europa League place next season (having finished only eight points behind 6th last season).