The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea, €64 million plus loan back)

The biggest deal of the window for Bundesliga clubs came early, when Christian Pulisic's future move to the Premier League was confirmed on January 2. The winger has fallen down the pecking order somewhat thanks to the form of Jadon Sancho but, at 20, the American has bags of potential. He'll stay with BVB until the end of the season.

The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart to Bayern Munich, €35 million plus loan back)

Little surprise in this one, with the French World Cup winner having been linked with the German champions for some time. This deal was also wrapped up early in the window and the defender will also stay with his current club until the end of 2018-19. Stuttgart are in big trouble and the versatile and classy defender remains critical to their survival hopes.

The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

Naldo (Schalke to Monaco, €2 million)

A center back at the other end of his career left the Bundesliga after 14 years with Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg and finally Schalke. The big, bald Brazilian made a huge impression on all three clubs, with memories of his dramatic late equalizer in the 4-4 comeback draw with rivals Dortmund still fresh in the minds of Schalke fans. Naldo won the German Cup with Bremen in 2009.

The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

Rabbi Matondo, Manchester City to Schalke (€9 million)

The latest in a steady flow of young British players seeking their breakthrough in the Bundesliga. The rapid winger, 18, has already made his international debut for Wales, despite not featuring for City's first team. Regarded as the quickest player at the English club, ahead of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Matondo will hope to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho at rivals Dortmund.

The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

Amadou Haidara (Red Bull Salzburg to RB Leipzig, €19 million)

One of two players to join RB Leipzig from fellow Red Bull teams in January, the other being New York's Tyler Adams, Haidara comes highly regarded after an impressive spell in Austria. The Malian midfielder is currently injured but is a strong all round presence when fit and may be expected to fill the Naby Keita-shaped hole in Leipzig's midfield.

The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

Leonardo Balerdi (Boca Juniors to Dortmund, €15.5 million)

The league leaders added to their defensive stocks in a surprise move for a center back who has only five senior appearances to his name. The German side were originally planning to sign Balerdi at the end of the season but decided to bring the move forward. "He's an intelligent defender, who's strong in the tackle and in the air," said BVB sporting director Michael Zorc.

The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

Sandro Wagner (Bayern Munich to Tianjin Teda, €5 million)

The Bayern youth product only re-signed for the club last January but the package on offer in the Chinese Super League proved too tempting for Wagner. Always a controversial figure, the 31-year-old had looked to be an ideal deputy for Robert Lewandowski but has barely seen Bundesliga action under Niko Kovac. His departure leaves the champions looking light up front.

The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

Sebastian Rode (Dortmund to Eintracht Frankfurt, loan)

Another man returning to his old club, Rode left the Eagles in 2014, after four years, to join Bayern Munich on a free before moving to Borussia Dortmund two years later. Injuries hit the midfielder hard at BVB, causing him to miss the whole of last season. He's already featured more for Frankfurt in two games than he had for Dortmund in the last 18 months.

The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

Jakub Blaszczykowski (Wolfsburg, released)

Another ex-Dortmund man, Blaszczykowski has won two Bundesliga titles, a German Cup and is Poland's most-capped player. The 33-year-old winger left BVB for Wolfsburg in 2016 but hasn't been able to reproduce the form that made him a favorite at Signal iduna Park. Blaszczykowski has since offered to help former club Wisla Krakow with their debts and play for the club for free.

The major Bundesliga moves of the January 2019 transfer window

Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps to Bayern Munich, €10 million)

The deal for the Canadian talent to move to Bayern had been agreed in July but the 18-year-old wasn't able to arrive in Munich until January. With Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both carrying injuries, Davies has been given a chance earlier than expected, he made his debut against Stuttgart, getting a four minute runout in a 4-1 win.

Christian Pulisic and Benjamin Pavard both agreed major deals as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund made their mark in the window. Elsewhere, some old favorites left the league and some promising youngsters arrived.