Transfer deadline day 2020/21 season generally has been dominated by loan move or free transfer one. It is quite understandable considering the world pandemic and recession. However, most done deals related to more well-known names took places in Premier League, for sure, and surprisingly, Bundesliga Germany.
There are at least three big names joining the Bundesliga side this month. The world cup winners, Sami Khedira and Skhodran Mustafi are two of them, while another one is the young English winger Demarai Gray.
The 33-year old versatile midfilder who was reported to be interested in reunion with his former manager in Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti to Everton did not materialise. The former Juventus man eventalually opted for going home to by signing for the Bundesliga side, Hertha Berlin, which is struggling to stay in the German top flight. Meanwhile, Mustafi also chose to return to his home soil by taking Schalke’s offer to replace Ozan Kabak who was loaned out to Liverpool. Surprisingly, this will be the first time for the 28-year old defender to compete in Bundesliga. He made his professional debut in England instead before playing for Sampdoria, Valencia and Arsenal. In Gelsenkirchen, Mustafi is reunited with his former teammate in London, Sead Kolasinac, who already made a move earlier. Meanwhile, the 24-year old Demarai Gray decided to complete his permanent switch to one of Bundesliga top sides, Bayer Leverkusen, which reportedly paid €3 million to Leicester for him. Gray hopes to shine again in Germany, probably inspired by the success of Jadon Sancho and earlier this season Jude Bellingham in Dortmund, or Jamal Musiala in Bayern, who now becomes the subject of Joachiem Loew’s interest to play for Die Mannschaft.
From Premier League, The Reds apparently opted for a loan switch for Turkish defender, Ozan Kabak from Schalke. The 20-year old defender is expected to be a good cover for Liverpool’s crisis on the defense line. Meanwhile, their local contender, Everton swooped a move for ex Bournemouth striker, Joshua King, on a free transfer. He will be a back-up or provide a fierce competition for Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has been scoreless in English top tier competition since early December.
The other EPL clubs, Manchester United and Wolverhampton, finally decided to let the move out for their outcast. Argentina international Marcos Rojo joined Boca Juniors on a free transfer while Wolves’ Patrick Cutrone, who was just called back last month from his loan in Fiorentina, finds his game time will be limited after the arrival of William Jose from Real Sociedad. Thus, he took the loan offer from Valencia, which is in need of more experienced and versatile forward as Cutrone.