In the United States the summer transfers in the EPL and La Liga take the spotlight, but the Bundesliga has also been active. While there have been a ton of moves, none of those will upset the balance of power. The top teams from the past years should challenge for the title again. There are some teams that addressed their greatest needs and also a couple of USMNT players on the move.
The Bundesliga transfers have not been in the spotlight given the big dollar figures in the other leagues. Real Madrid have spent more on Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo over the years than the entire Bundesliga this season. The biggest name, striker Robert Lewandowski, was set for a move to Bayern Munich months ago. Bayern Munich also added former Valencia player Juan Bernat. The big name that departed was Toni Kroos.
Other players coming into the Bundesliga include Ciro Immobile who will feature for Borussia Dortmund. Thorgan Hazard is on loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach from Chelsea, and Izet Hajrovic will head to Werder Bremen from Galatasaray.
However, the reason status quo will continue is that most transfers were from team to team within the league. USMNT wing back/midfielder Fabian Johnson left Hoffenheim for Mönchengladbach. Timmy Chandler left relegated Nürnberg for Eintracht Frankfurt. Other transfers within the league that should garner attention include Matthias Ginter heading to Dortmund from Freiberg, Adam Szalai moved from Schalke to Hoffenheim and Sidney Sam moved from Leverkusen to Schalke.
With a minimal amount of splash signings and teams going the internal route, do not expect a bunch of surprises. Bayern, Dortmund, Leverkusen and Schalke made good additions to stay near the top of the heap. Mönchengladbach should back up a good 2013-14 campaign. The last Europa League qualifying spot will be highly contested, and the relegation battle will be tight.
As you can see, this year should be very similar to last season. If anything is different many people would say a closer title race would be better. Teams still have time to make moves in the transfer window. At the moment and on paper there should be no surprises.