Transfer betting has become a major part of sports wagering due to the vast amount of player movement across the globe, covering a number of leagues including the German Bundesliga. The latter boasts some of the leading talent in the world and has been involved in major moves. Below you will find our in-depth guide for betting on German Bundesliga transfers.

Here we look at the main Bundesliga team transfers for the three of the biggest clubs in Germany and deals involving some of the other clubs:

Bayern Munich Transfers

Robert Lewandowski has completed his transfer from Bayern Munich to Barcelona. The Polish striker has scored 238 goals in 253 appearances for the champions in the Bundesliga, with over 40 goals in all competitions for Bayern in the last seven seasons.

Sadio Mane has a tough act to follow in Lewandowski. However, the Senegalese striker will get plenty of chances for Bayern after his transfer from Liverpool. He scored 120 goals in 269 matches for his former club, a decent return but well below his predecessor’s average goals per game.

Bayern also managed a potential upgrade from Niklas Sule, who joined Borussia Dortmund, in young Dutch international Matthijs De Ligt. The latter came with a hefty price of £68 million, with De Ligt leaving Juventus to join the German champions.

They have sold a number of squad members, while others have joined clubs on loan. Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax has been the only other significant purchase. The Moroccan plays right-back for the national team and will perform the same role for Bayern Munich. He’ll also be quite happy to reunite with his old (but still very young) captain, De Ligt.

However, regardless of the comings and goings, Bayern have not been the most profitable Bundesliga team to bet on, as that was Bochum last season.

Borussia Dortmund Transfers

Borussia Dortmund sold their crown jewel when Erling Haaland moved to Manchester City in a deal worth £51.2m, the release clause in his contract. The Norwegian striker has scored 150 goals in 200 domestic appearances, achieving an astounding twenty goals in 21 games for Norway.

Sebastian Haller arrives from Ajax as a potential replacement for Haaland. Forty-seven goals in 66 matches for the Dutch club is an excellent ratio, albeit in the weaker Eredivisie. If Haller can maintain that record for Dortmund, Haaland will not be a huge loss.

Borussia have had a big turnaround of players in the current Bundesliga transfer window. Nine players have come in, and seven players have moved the other way. Karim Adeyemi arrives from Red Bull Salzburg and, at aged 20, is more about potential than performances on the field.

RB Leipzig Transfers

RB Leipzig finished fourth in the Bundesliga in the 2021/22 season, 19 points adrift of the champions Bayern Munich. It will be virtually impossible to make up that ground this season, despite Bayern relinquishing the goals from Lewandowski, who is off to Camp Nou.

Xaver Schagler has to create the goals from midfield that keep RB in contention to qualify for the Champions League again. His new club activated the release clause in his contract with VFL Wolfsburg. However, with just 69 Bundesliga appearances in his career, that looks like a difficult task.

The German Cup winners disposed of a full team of players on loan or through permanent moves. Janis Blaswich comes in from Heracles Almelo in Holland to play in goal. The 31-year-old has plenty of experience, but he will have to settle for the reserve goaler position behind Peter Gulascki who arrived in 2015.

Others Bundesliga Transfers

Bayer Leverkusen finished third behind Munich and Borussia in the Bundesliga last season. However, the club were not involved in much activity in the first two weeks of the summer transfer window. Adam Hlozek arrives from Sparta Prague, where he scored 40 times in 132 matches from the wing.

Wolfsburg has made three purchases, all for over £4m, which is big for a club of this size that finished 12th last season. Union Berlin signed Jordan Sietbatcheu from Young Boys and Jamie Leweling from Greuther Furth for significant fees. They have also brought in loans and free transfers.

SC Freiburg received over £17m from Dortmund for Nico Schlotterbeck. They spent most of that money on Daniel Koffi-Kyereh and Ritsu Doan from St Pauli and PSV in Holland, respectively. However, German Bundesliga summer transfer news was dominated by Haaland and Lewandowski.

Here are the latest transfer specials regarding players who could be leaving the Bundesliga, arriving from another league, or changing clubs in the main domestic league in Germany:

and completed deals generate plenty of interest in betting on Bundesliga matches. The next transfer window takes place in January 2023.

Our recommended bookies also offer odds on manager specials. The Bundesliga features regular changes in head coaches as clubs strive to find the formula to prevent Bayern Munich from winning the title or qualifying for the Champions League.

With Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp taking their skills to the Premier League in England, there is often speculation about the next manager of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. As regular Champions League qualifiers, coaches work with top players at these clubs.

It would not be a major surprise if Guardiola and Klopp returned to Barcelona and Germany, respectively, but current managerial betting news concerns Julian Nagelsmann. The head coach at Bayern Munich features in betting manager specials – here are the odds for his next club:

Julian Nagelsmann’s Next Club

Liverpool10/1Paddy Power
Real Madrid25/1Betfair

Manager markets are common on the best football betting sites, especially related to the main domestic leagues in Germany, France, Spain, England and Italy.

The 18 clubs in the German Bundesliga can spend July and August buying and selling players. There are new coaches at some clubs and others who have not changed jobs since the end of last season. The men in charge have two months to create a squad that can play the football they advocate.

We can predict quite accurately the teams contending for the title, in the fight for places in Europe and battling against the nightmare scenario of relegation to Bundesliga 2. The summer transfer window will have ripple effects over the first half of the season until the January transfer window.

Summer Transfer Window

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    Opens: July 1, 2022

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    Closes: September 1, 2022

The main domestic leagues in Europe have active transfer markets. Players change clubs in the respective league or join one of the other leagues in Europe and other parts of the world. Champions League clubs have the money to spend, so they tend to dominate the transfer window, which produced the following 10 deals during summer and the rest of the season.

Here are the biggest German Bundesliga transfers during the 2021/22 season:

Dayot UpamecanoBayern Munich (from RB Leipzig)£38.25m
Donyell MalenBorussia Dortmund (from PSV Eindhoven)£27.0m
Andre SilvaRB Leipzig (from Eintracht Frankfurt)£20.70m
Odilon KossounouBayer Leverkusen (from Club Brugge)£20.70m
Josko GvardiolRB Leipzig (from Dinamo Zagreb)£16.92m
AngelinoRB Leipzig (from Manchester City)£16.20m
Ilaix MoribaRB Leipzig (from Barcelona)£14.40m
Marcel SabitzerBayern Munich (from RB Leipzig)£13.50m
Mohamed SimakanRB Leipzig (from Strasbourg)£13.50m
Gregor KobelBorussia Dortmund (from VFB Stuttgart)£13.50m

The English Premier League is the richest league in Europe, and La Liga in Spain is not far behind. The dominant teams in each division have huge global followings. Most Manchester United and Real Madrid supporters have not seen their team live.

However, they spend a vast amount of money on merchandising, and German teams can’t compete in this area. Even so, there have been lucrative deals involving clubs located in Germany, both internally and across the Bundesliga and other leagues.

Here are the most expensive German Bundesliga transfers in history:

Lucas HernandezBayern Munich (from Atletico Madrid)2019/20
Matthijs De LigtBayern Munich (from Juventus)2021/22£68.00m
Leroy SaneBayern Munich (from Manchester City)2020/21£54.0m
Julian DraxlerWolfsburg (from Schalke 04)2015/16
Dayot UpamecanoBayern Munich (from RB Leipzig)2021/22
Corentin TolissoBayern Munich (from Lyon)
Sadio ManeBayern Munich (from Liverpool)2022/23£37.00m
Javi MartinezBayern Munich (from Athletic Bilbao)
Arturo VidalBayern Munich (from Juventus)
Mario GotzeBayern Munich (from Borussia Dortmund)

There is a lot to consider when betting on German Bundesliga transfers, given the amount of player movement possible in the two windows. You never know which players are going to be on the move and where they will sign due to the amount of teams that could be in play. As one of the top leagues in the world, elite players filter in and out of the division on a regular basis, shifting around Europe to the Premier League and La Liga.

You should not only keep an eye on the teams in the Bundesliga, but also the sides that could snatch talent away. It can be a tough ask given the amount of information, which can be inconsistent depending on your source. Transfer rumours circulate throughout the year, but are more prevalent during the summer and January. You need to ensure that you have the right news at hand before contemplating a wager on the German Bundesliga transfers betting markets.

We’ll now list down our top tips for betting on transfers in German Bundesliga drawing on our expertise and experience.

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    Reliable Sources Journalists are in a battle to the break the top transfer stories first, but in their quest to be at the front, they can occasionally jump the gun or just be flat out wrong. Consequently, it is important to identify which sources carry the best information and ensure that you are tracking their stories regularly, whether it is on a website or on social media such as Twitter or Facebook. A source we would recommend is Bild, the leading sports outlet in Germany who are, more often than not, on the money with their transfer stories. In addition, reporter Christian Falk is certainly worth following on Twitter given his links to the leading clubs figures in the Bundesliga, especially Bayern.

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    Research Information regarding contracts and player happiness are key to knowing which ones could be on the move in transfer windows. It is not a secret, for example, that Haaland has a clause in his contract that will allow him to move away from Dortmund for a fee of £60m in the summer transfer window. This has led to endless speculation regarding his future, and finding the same information about other leading players in the Bundesliga could allow you to get ahead of the bookmakers. Tracking news stories and judging the mood of players on the field at their respective clubs may also give you hints as to whether their future lies at their current team or elsewhere.

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    Markets The leading betting sites in the industry offer ample markets for German Bundesliga transfers. However, you will need to pick the right one to have success by considering whether the wording and the odds work for you. For example, you might want to bet on a team pushing the envelope on a deal on Haaland before his clause in his contract activates in the summer and attempts to sign the Norway international in January. There are little nuances in betting markets that can allow you or prohibit you from wagering in that direction, so you should consider all the markets at your disposal before placing your stake. Make sure the market is the right one and has the best betting options available.

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    Odds Most importantly of all, you will want to find optimum value for your odds for betting on transfers in German Bundesliga. The top betting sites in the business will offer a vast amount of markets for wagering on transfers throughout the year, such is the nature of football at the moment. More markets will be available during the transfer windows, but the odds will be refined given the amount of information that will be available about the interested teams and where the player intends to move. The odds will tend to be lower in these cases, so you will have to put down a larger stake to secure a significant windfall from your wager. On the other hand, you can place a wager when the odds will be longer outside of the transfer window, much like an ante-post bet on a horse racing taking place in six months. This allows you to place a smaller stake to gain a significant profit, although it is a bit more of a risk given that the transfer in question is uncertain.

Here are the major transfer dealings that took place during the 2022 summer transfer windows involving clubs in the top divisions in France, Spain, England, and Italy:

Ligue 1 Transfers

As expected, Paris St-Germain accounted for the two most expensive transfers in the French league. The club spent £37m to bring in Nuno Mendes from Sporting and £34m on Vitinha from Porto.

Monaco made the most lucrative sale, picking up over £68m when Aurelien Tchouameni moved to Real Madrid. Newcastle United paid Lille about £31.5 for Sven Botman, while West Ham United bought Nayef Aguerd from Rennes for £30m.

La Liga Transfers

With so few major deals, betting on La Liga transfers was slow at the start of the summer transfer window. Tchouameni was Real Madrid’s biggest purchase, while Barcelona paid Leeds United £55m for Raphinha. Sevilla picked up £26m when Diego Carlos moved to Aston Villa.

Premier League Transfers

Raheem Sterling was the highlight of the Premier League transfers in the early weeks of the summer transfer window, with Chelsea paying Manchester City £47.5m for his services. Gabriel Jesus made the same journey to London after Arsenal bought him from City for £45m.

The current champions spent over £50m of that kitty to bring Erling Haaland from Dortmund to Manchester. Across town, United bought Argentinean defender Lisandro Martinez for a reported best part of £52m from Ajax.

Serie A Transfers

Within the Serie A transfer market, there are many free transfers and undisclosed costs, among which the standout deal is Paul Pogba’s return to Juventus from Manchester United for no fee. This means the French midfielder has had two spells at both clubs.

Tottenham will be pleased to pick up Ivan Perisic on a free transfer from Inter Milan. Henrikh Mikhitaryan goes in at Inter after a move from Roma, also without any costs involved. Divock Origi joins the same Milan club from Liverpool on another free transfer.

In these leagues and the German Bundesliga, betting on player transfers is popular, even more so when there are rumours about a high-profile player changing clubs.

Transfer betting has become one of the most popular wagering markets online. Because of its status as one of the most prominent leagues in the world, the German Bundesliga transfers feature heavily in the wagering markets due to the talent on display. This seems set to continue in the future, with Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham among the names expected to move.

We hope that this German Bundesliga transfers guide makes it easier for you to get ahead of bookmakers and find value – as well as the best markets available – and have all you need in order to make more informed bets!

The major bookmakers in the UK will offer betting on transfers in and out of the German Bundesliga, as well as between clubs in the league, including BetVictor and Betfred.

There will be markets on whether a player moves to a certain club or his next club during the summer transfer window.

The summer Bundesliga transfer window opened on July 1 and closes on September 1.

Bayern Munich and other clubs contesting the three other Champions League places are expected to spend. That includes Borussia Dortmund, Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Union Berlin. Freiburg and Koln should be investing to join that group. Schalke and Werder Bremen will be looking to strengthen squads that came up from Bundesliga 2 at the end of the 2021/22 season. Augsburg and Stuttgart should try to ensure against finishing in the relegation places.

Lucas Hernandez became the most expensive player in German Bundesliga transfer history when he was signed by Bayern Munich for £72m from Atletico Madrid in 2019.

WRITTEN BY Adam Abela View all posts by Adam Abela

Adam is avid sports writer (5 years and counting) who has been betting for as long as he's been legally able to. As an Arsenal fan, he knows a thing or two about the importance of patience (and heartbreak).

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