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Transfer news: Emre Can signs for Juventus

Germany's Emre Can has completed his move from Liverpool to Juventus. Meanwhile, Gladbach have signed a promising young Danish left-back. Latest transfer news in the DW transfer ticker...

June 21

German international Emre Can has completed his move from Liverpool to Juventus, where he could join up with compatriot Sami Khedira next season.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has signed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions. Can made 115 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, scoring 10 goals, and was named in Jürgen Klopp's squad for the recent Champions League final against Real Madrid. Can came on in the 83rd minute but couldn't prevent Liverpool's defeat. 

June 20

- Former Schalke, Frankfurt and Augsburg midfielder Halil Altintop has announced his retirement from football. The 38-time Turkish international was most recently on the books at second division side Kaiserslautern.

- Newly-promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf have further strengthened their side with the loan signing of talented Eintracht Frankfurt youngster Aymen Barkok. The 20-year-old had previously extended his contract with the Eagles until 2021.

According the Frankfurt, the one-year loan deal contains both the opportunity for Fortuna to make the move permanent and a buy-back clause for Eintracht should they do so. Barkok made 27 Bundesliga appearances last season.

June 19

- Borussia Mönchengladbach have announced the signing of left-back Andreas Poulsen from Danish champions FC Midtylland. The 18-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Foals after making the breakthrough into Midtylland's first-team in the campaign just past.  

"Andreas is a highly-talented left-back with pace and an attacking approach, who has already made the leap to a professional level in Denmark," said Gladbach's sporting director Max Eberl. "Now it's up to him to take the next step in his career for us. We're delighted he's chosen to join Borussia."

- BREAKING! Click here to read more: Arsenal complete €25m Bernd Leno signing from Bayer Leverkusen.

DFB Pokal Borussia Mönchengladbach - Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Reuters/W. Rattay )

Bernd Leno spent six years at Leverkusen, playing 304 games since signing from Stuttgart back in 2012.

- It's a case of two in, two out for Eintracht Frankfurt. Having already confirmed the arrival of goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow (Bröndby IF) back in April and sold their No. 1, Lukas Hradecky (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), and No. 2 Leon Bätge (Würzburger Kickers), the Eagles have brought back a familiar face in the form of Felix Wiedwald, who joins from Leeds United.

Wiedwald made 13 appearances in all competitions for Eintracht during his first stint at the club (2013-2015) and is ready to battle for the No. 1 spot on his forming stomping ground. "First things first, I need settle in Frankfurt, to show what I have to offer and hopefully play as often as possible," said the former Duisburg and Bremen keeper.

- VfL Wolfsburg have completed the signing of Austrian goalkeeper Pavao Pervan after he passed his medical on Tuesday. The 30-year-old, who joins from LASK Linz of the Austrian first division, has agreed a three-year deal with the club that will see him compete with Koen Casteels and Phillip Menzel between the sticks. 

June 16

- For the second time in as many days, Union Berlin have announced the signing of another top tier player in SC Freiburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz. The Polish shot-stopper has spent the last two seasons playing back-up to Alexander Schwolow, making just three appearances in all competitions for Christian Streich's side last season, but has been handed the No1 jersey by Die Eisernen.

June 15 

- Yuning Zhang has opted to return to West Bromwich Albion following a one-year loan at SV Werder Bremen. Sporting director Frank Baumann described the Chinese international as a "young player who is willing to learn". Zhang never made an appearance for the Werder first team, but was named on the bench for two of their final three games of the 2017/18 campaign.

- 2. Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin have completed the signing of Florian Hübner from Hannover 96. The 27-year-old, who made just nine appearances in Germany's top tier last season, has put pen to paper on a two-year deal in the capital. 

June 12

- RB Leipzig have signed defender Marcelo Saracchi from Argentinian side River Plate on a reported €13.5 million ($16 million) transfer. The Uruguayan defender has signed a five-year contract until June, 2023. Saracchi, 20, made 16 appearances for River Plate in Argentina's top league and played in every one of their group stage games in the Copa Libertadores. He joins a young cast of Leipzig defenders that include Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate.

- Genki Haraguchi is returning to the Bundesliga, but with Hannover next season. The Japanese winger spent the second half of last season with Fortuna Düsseldorf on loan from Hertha Berlin. Haraguchi, 27, has signed a three-year contract with Hannover to complete the reported €4 million ($4.7 million) transfer from Hertha.

- Nicolai Müller will not go down to the second division with Hamburg. The German midfielder, whose contract with Hamburg expires at the end of June, has signed a two-year contract with Eintracht Frankfurt with an option for a third year. Müller, 30, spent most of last season injured after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a goal celebration on the first Bundesliga matchday. 

- Werder Bremen have acquired Felix Beijmo from Swedish side Djurgardens IF on a reported €3 million ($3.5 million) transfer. Beijmo, 20, has made 11 appearances this season in Sweden's top league, which runs from April to October. He is expected to play on the opposite flank as fellow countryman Ludwig Augustinsson in Bremen's defense.

June 11

- Vinenzo Grifo has returned to Hoffenheim after failing to make an impact at Borussia Mönchengladbach. The 25-year-old German-Italian forward signed for the Foals after two impressive seasons with Freiburg, helping Christian Streich's side win promotion in 2016 and remain in the Bundesliga in 2017. But he only made nine starts for Gladbach last season and has returned to Hoffenheim, where he played between 2012 and 2014.  

"It feels a little bit like coming home," he said, who has made a total of 59 Bundesliga appearances in his career and has signed a four-year deal with Julian Nagelsmann's side. 

June 7

- Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of midfielder Thomas Delaney from Werder Bremen for a fee believed to be around €20 million ($23.6 million). The Dane joins on a four-year deal and becomes Dortmund's third signing of the summer after Marius Wolf from Eintracht Frankfurt and Marwin Hitz.

Juventus have signed Brazilian winger Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell. Costa has agreed a four-year contract with Juventus after they triggered the option to buy the player from Bayern for a fee of 40 million euros ($47.2 million) to be paid over two years. The 27-year-old scored six goals and provided 14 assists in 47 competitive appearances during his season-long loan with Juventus.

Fußballspieler Douglas Costa Juventus Turin (Getty Images/M. Steele)

Costa helped Juventus to the Serie A title and Coppa Italia.


May 30

- Augsburg have signed a familiar face. Andre Hahn returns to the club where he made his name, hoping to find his form again. Hahn leaves Hamburg, a club and a region he grew up in, for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old attacker has signed a deal until 2022.

May 28

Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos looks set to sign for Arsenal for a fee believed to be around €18.3 million ($21.3 million). The 29-year-old Greek international has been at Signal Iduna Park since 2013 but his current contract expires in 2019, and Dortmund are believed to be open to a deal for the player.

Sokratis would become the third former Dortmund player to sign for Arsenal, whose recruitment is overseen by former Dortmund chief scout Sven Mislintat, following moves for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrik Mkhitaryan, who joined the north London club after a spell at Manchester United.

But the Bundesliga club have moved quickly to snap up Marius Wolf from cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt. The promising winger, 23, cost Dortmund just over €5 million. 

May 27 

- Hannover have completed their first major signing of the summer, bringing in former Cologne center-back Kevin Wimmer on a season-long loan from Stoke City

The eight-time Austrian international made 73 appearances in all competitions for Cologne between 2015 and 2017, but failed to make the desired impact at Tottenham and Stoke, culminating in relegation from the Premier League in the 2017/18 campaign. As a result, the 25-year-old is eagerly anticipating making his return in Germany's top-flight.

"Horst Heldt and Andre Breitenreiter gave me a very clear idea of what they envision for Hannover in the coming years and the role I can play," said the 25-year-old. "They were very convincing - I immediately had a great feeling and really wanted to join the 96ers. That's why I'm delighted it's all worked out."

- Not a transfer per se, but news from Munich, where it has been announced that assistant coach Peter Hermann will follow Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes into retirement. 

"I'm going home to retire," the 66-year-old told kicker, admitting the decision was "hard to make" in spite of toying with the idea for several years now. Hermann, who won the treble with Bayern in 2013, enjoyed spells with Schalke, Hamburg and Düsseldorf before reconnecting with Heynckes upon his return back in October 2017.

May 25 

- Werder Bremen have completed the signing of former forward Martin Harnik from Hannover. The Austrian, who previously spent three seasons with the Green-Whites at the start of his career, left in 2009, going on to feature in Germany's top two tiers for Fortuna Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Hannover.

"He's a player who can improve us in a sporting sense," said sporting director Frank Baumann.

"His pace and experience should give us more possibilities in attack," said head coach Florian Kohfeldt. 

May 24

- Lewis Holtby will go down with Hamburg to the second division after signing a one-year contract extension on Thursday, the club announced. Holtby, whose contract was set to expire at the end of June, scored five goals in Hamburg's last seven games as the Dinos mounted a late season surge to try to avoid relegation, ultimately to no avail.

"For me it was clear quickly that I wanted to remain at HSV," Holtby said as part of the announcement. "The last few weeks were hard, but we have grown closer to our fans."

- Freiburg announced on Thursday that they have signed forward Luca Waldschmidt from recently relegated Hamburg. The 22-year-old forward scored a goal and recorded two assists in 21 appearances for Hamburg this past season. In the club's official statement, Freiburg sporting director Klemens Hartenbach said Waldschmidt "fits well into Freiburg's tradition."

- Hoffenheim announced on Thursday that they have acquired Joshua Brenet from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. The Dutch defender has signed a four-year contract until June 2022. Brenet, 24, played in all but two of PSV's games last season, scoring once and recording five assists. He is the third player to commit to Hoffenheim this month after the club signed Leonardo Bittencourt from Cologne and Ishak Belfodil from Standard Liege.

- Cologne has found their replacement for the recently departed Lukas Klünter. The relegated side announced on Thursday that they have acquired defender Benno Schmitz from Leipzig and that he has signed a four-year contract until June, 2022. Klünter, who came through Cologne's academy system, signed with Hertha Berlin earlier this month. Schmitz, 23, made just two appearances (one start) for Leipzig this past season. 

May 23

- Bayer Leverkusen announced on Wednesday that they have signed Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky on a free transfer. The Finnish goalkeeper, whose contract with Frankfurt is set to expire in June, has signed a five-year deal until June 2023. Hradecky, 28, spent three seasons in Frankfurt, replacing Kevin Trapp when the German international signed with French side Paris-Saint Germain in 2015. He started all 40 games for Frankfurt in the Bundesliga and the German Cup this season, helping his side win the latter on Saturday.

- Freiburg announced on Wednesday that they have signed Dominique Heintz from recently relegated Cologne, activating his €3 million ($3.5 million) buyout clause. Heintz, 24, has spent the last three seasons in Cologne after joining from Kaiserslautern before the 2015-16 season. Freiburg did not reveal the length of the contract Heintz signed.

- Hannover announced on Wednesday that they have acquired Japanese forward Takuma Asano on a one-year loan agreement with Arsenal. Asano, 23, spent the last two seasons at Stuttgart on loan from the London-based club, helping the German club achieve promotion from the second division. He made 18 first team appearances last season for Stuttgart, scoring once.

May 22

- Leon Balogun has signed with Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion, the club announced on Tuesday. Balogun, a Nigerian international who was born in Berlin, spent the past three seasons with Mainz. The 29-year-old defender's contract with Mainz is set to expire in June. He joins a Brighton side that will be entering its second season in the Premier League after earning promotion in 2017. 

- Wolfsburg announced on Tuesday that they have appointed Jörg Schmadtke to be the club's new sporting director. The Wolves parted ways with Olaf Rebbe earlier this month after they qualified for the relegation playoff for a second consecutive season. Schmadtke held a similar position at Cologne before being fired last October.

- Fortuna Düsseldorf announced on Tuesday that they have signed left-footed defender Diego Contento from French side Bordeaux. The former Bayern Munich defender signed a two-year contract until June 2020. Contento, 28 spent the last four seasons in Bordeaux, but he made just four appearances at the club this past season.

- Forward Julian Schieber has signed a three-year deal with Augsburg, the club announced on Tuesday. The German striker's contract with Hertha Berlin is set to expire at the end of June, bringing an end to a four-year stint in the German capital. Schieber, 29, made just four appearances this season for Hertha, scoring one goal.

May 19

- Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of FC Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz. The Swiss keeper, whose contract runs out this summer, joins on a free transfer putting pen to paper on a three-year-deal lasting until 2021.

"After five very valuable years at Augsburg, both in a sporting and personal sense, I wanted to experience something different. I'm looking forward to the challenges facing me at a big club like BVB, especially the UEFA Champions League matches."

With Roman Weidenfeller bringing his hanging up his boots following a sterling career earlier this month, Hitz has been brought in to compete in a Swiss showdown with international teammate Roman Bürki for the starting role in Dortmund.  


May 18

- Borussia Mönchengladbach have signed Keanan Bennetts from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. The 19-year-old Englishman has signed a contract that will keep him with the Foals until 2022. 

"Keanan can play in several offensive positions and played for Tottenham in the Premier League 2 and the UEFA youth league last season," Gladbach's sporting director, Max Eberl, said in a statement released by the club. "We believe he is capable of making it in the Bundesliga and we are pleased that he chose Borussia."

Bennetts joins two fellow Englishmen at the club; Reece Oxford, who spent the last season there on loan from West Ham, and Mandela Egbo, who has mainly played for the reserves. Gladbach are reportedly looking to make the Oxford move permanent. All three have represented England at youth levels. 

May 17

- Schalke announced on Thursday that they have acquired midfielder Suat Serdar from Mainz. The German under-21 international has signed a four-year contract until 2022. Serdar, 20, is much-needed depth in central midfield as Schalke are set to lose Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka on free transfers.

May 16

- Werder Bremen have announced the signing of Yuya Osako. The 27-year-old Japanese attacker moves from relegated Cologne for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of five million euros.

- Osako had six goals and three assists in all competitions for Cologne last season. He is the second big name to leave the relegated side in three days after Leonardo Bittencourt joined Hoffenheim.

May 15 

- Hoffenheim are capitalizing on their direct Champions League qualification and getting some serious business done. Just 24 hours after signing Leonardo Bittencourt from Cologne, they've now completed a move for Algerian international Ishak Belfodil. The 26-year-old forward had been on loan at Werder Bremen from Standard Liège, and has signed a four-year contract. 

"Ishak can up top, behind the striker or on the flanks, so he fits our profile perfectly," said sporting director Alexander Rosen. "He is a dangerous forward who is physically and technically strong and who also has great pace. 

Belfodil recorded six goals and an assist in 29 competitive appearances for Bremen this season, having scored 17 goals in 40 games for Liège.

May 14

- Stuttgart bolstered their defense on Monday, announcing the signings of Marc-Oliver Kempf, Pablo Maffeo and Borna Sosa. Maffeo, who arrives from English league champion Manchester City, signed a five-year contract. As did Sosa, who currently plays for Croatian side Dynamo Zagreb. Kempf, whose contract with Freiburg expires in June, inked a four-year deal.

The German side, who could participate in the Europa League next season, also added midfielders David Kopasz from Borussia Dortmund and Robert Massimo from Arminia Bielefeld, though Massimo will return to Bielefeld on loan. The club also extended the contracts of defender Emiliano Insua and backup goalkeeper Jens Grahl.

- Hoffenheim announced on Monday that they have signed Cologne winger Leonardo Bittencourt. The 24-year-old German has signed a five-year contract with the club. Bittencourt registered five goals and six assists this past season for Cologne, who were relegated to the second division.

Fussball Bundesliga 30.Spieltag – Hertha Berlin vs Köln 0:1 Tor (Imago/J. Huebner)

Leonardo Bittencourt was a stand-out performer for a Cologne - when fit.

May 13

- After playing seven and a half seasons with Werder Bremen, midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic will play for Red Bull Salzburg next season. The 30-year-old, whose deal with Bremen expires at the end of June, has signed a three-year deal with the Austrian champions. Junuzovic made 198 appearances for Bremen and scored 54 goals.

May 11

- The Robbery era continues. Arjen Robben has signed a one-year contract extension with Bayern Munich after Franck Ribery did the same four days ago. The Dutch winger is about to complete his ninth season with the Bavarians but is currently recovering from a groin injury. Rafinha has also extended with the Bundesliga champions for another season.

Read more: Arjen Robben and Rafinha both pen new Bayern Munich deals

May 8

- Bayer Leverkusen have acquired Mitchell Weiser from Hertha Berlin, activating a €12 million ($14.4 million) buyout clause in his contract. The 24-year-old defender won the under-21 European Championship with Germany in 2017 and made 31 appearances for Hertha this past season. Weiser has signed a five-year deal with Leverkusen.

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