With the transfer window having come to an end, there has been a mixed reception among Bundesliga fans regarding their teams’ business within the summer and Wolfsburg are no different.
Speculation had been mounting for months regarding Belgium attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, therefore it was no surprise to see him leave the Bundesliga 14/15 runners-up to join Manchester City for a whopping fee of £52m (with further add-ons expected to have been included in the deal). However, the news of Croatian winger Ivan Perisic leaving for Italian giants Inter Milan somewhat shocked a lot of fans – with the Croatia international seen as a first team player for the Wolves. Aaron Hunt became the third midfielder to leave as the 28-year-old joined Hamburg for a fee just short of £2m. I posted an article earlier in the month discussing what team I would field if I was Wolfsburg manager
It was evident that Wolfsburg were extremely desperate to replace these two key figures as quickly as possible, which they have began to with the addition of former Schalke attacking midfielder Julian Draxler for approximately £21m. Signing the 21-year-old is a quality piece of business by the Wolves in my opinion. In order to replace the quality of De Bruyne, they needed to bring in someone for a considerably cheaper fee that could fit into their attacking system and perform in a similar manor to De Bruyne in terms of playing style and work-rate. I believe in Draxler they have found exactly this.
Meanwhile, the Deutscher Pokal champions also took the opportunity to strengthen their defence with the addition of Bayern Munich centre-back Dante for just under £3m. It’s fair to say that the Brazilian didn’t fit into Bayern’s style since the introduction of Pep Guardiola as their manager and so therefore is probably the right move for him.
Although Wolfsburg will perhaps look to strengthen again when the Januay transfer window arrives, they will surely be happy with the business which they have done in order to tide them over for the season.