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Transfer Update: Bundesliga Edition

With the Bundesliga season now finished, the majority of teams are on their end of season break until the 2020-21 campaign kicks off in September.

Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig will continue their Champions League campaigns in August, but both sides have already made waves in the transfer market.

Bayern have snapped up Leroy Sané for under €50m from Man City, while Timo Werner have lost top scorer Timo Werner after Chelsea activated his release clause.

Those have been two of the biggest deals of the summer so far, but it looks likely that German clubs could be involved in plenty more drama in the transfer market in 2020.

Sané has arrived in Munich but may not get a chance to play alongside midfielder Thiago as the Spain international has turned down a contract extension and could leave the club this summer for a cut price as he has just one year left on his deal.

A lot of the reports in the media have linked him with Liverpool, after Bild reported Thiago was interested in a move to the Premier League champions, but with many big deals this summer, finances could prove a sticking point.

The Reds decided against signing Werner last month and look like they will follow the same approach with Thiago, especially as he is older than the usual type of player Klopp signs at 29-years-old and comes with injury baggage from the past few seasons.

Like Werner, it could be a case of right player, wrong time for Klopp and Liverpool, meaning Thiago could stay in Munich in a way similar to Robert Lewandowski a few years ago when he was linked to Real Madrid.

If Thiago really wants to move to England, Arsenal and Chelsea could be options, but the latter are heavily interested in Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz.

Havertz is considered Germany's best young player and has even been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, neither side look likely to make a move for him due to their own financial issues, meaning Chelsea are in the driving seat if they decide to add yet another attacking player following their signings of Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Even if Havertz and Thiago move in 2020, they might not be the most expensive Bundesliga sale this year.

That title may fall Jadon Sancho's way as Manchester United look to strengthen their own frontline. Sancho has been a revelation in Germany but would be drawn home to England, having previously played for Man City.

Borussia Dortmund are determined not to sell the 20-year-old for cheap, putting a €120m price tag on Sancho, while also insisting that any transfer must be made by August 10, when they start their pre-season campaign.

There have been no official moves for Thiago, Havertz, and Sancho yet, but things will surely heat up in the next few weeks, especially when the Premier League season ends.

Ronan Murphy


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