In January 2018, Manuel Akanji joined the team as one of the most promising young defenders in Europe.
Arriving from Basel for a reported fee of 21.5 million euros, the Swiss international has played more than 150 times for the club.
Despite injuries and a dip in form in his final year at Signal Iduna Park, there is no denying that Akanji has been a great signing for the club.
Since moving to Manchester City in 2022, the 28-year-old has further proven his qualities by becoming a reliable defender in Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning squad.
The love triangle involving Mats Hummels, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich has been a hot topic in many Bundesliga transfer windows.
But an 18-month loan move to North Rhine-Westphalia in January 2008 was the first time Hummels saw where he truly belonged.
The German player’s form during that early period prompted Jurgen Klopp to ask the board for a buyout.
In Klopp’s squad, Hummels is a mainstay in the defense. He continues to show his class at the age of 35 to this day, where the centre-back is second in appearances for BVB with 491 matches.
Like Hummels, Emre Can joined Dortmund initially on loan in January before being bought permanently in the summer.
The German midfielder arrived from Juventus in 2020 and soon established himself as a real leader in the dressing room.
Bringing with him experience in the Bundesliga from his time with Bayern and Bayer Leverkusen, Can’s €25m transfer is a shrewd one as the 30-year-old was appointed club captain this season. last summer.
Former Schalke 04 and AC Milan goalkeeper Jens Lehmann joined the black and yellow team in January 1999.
The German goalkeeper played 179 times for Dortmund, helping the club win the Bundesliga title and reach the UEFA Cup final in 2002.
He went on to become part of the famous ‘Invincibles’ team with Arsenal two years later, cementing his status as one of Germany’s greatest goalkeepers.
In January 2001, BVB broke the Bundesliga transfer record to bring in Tomas Rosicky from Sparta Praha.
Nicknamed ‘Little Mozart’, the Czech player has appeared 189 times in the yellow and black shirt, scoring 24 goals and assisting 47 goals.
He was an important factor in helping the club win the German championship in 2002.
Rosicky enjoyed five and a half successful years at Signal Iduna Park before moving to Arsenal in 2006.
A year after Rosicky went to Borussia Dortmund, Sebastian Kehl also followed suit by signing for more than 3 million euros from Freiburg.
The defensive midfielder only made 12 appearances before being crowned German champion after just five months at the club.
Kehl’s role in the BVB squad has become more and more important over time. He played 39 matches in the Ruhr region’s 2011/12 double-winning campaign.
Having captained Dortmund for six years in a golden era, the team’s current director of football left in 2015 after 362 appearances.
Perhaps Dortmund’s most famous January signing in recent times is Erling Haaland, who arrived in 2020.
Having achieved fame in a short time at RB Salzburg, the then 19-year-old was a man of enormous potential.
He had his first hat-trick against Augsburg, followed by consecutive doubles against Cologne and Union Berlin.
This is the most effective scoring form any Bundesliga rookie has ever produced, with Haaland breaking one record after another.
The Norwegian’s record of 86 goals and 23 assists in 89 games makes the €20 million fee paid in January 2020 look like a bargain.
He achieved even more at Manchester City.
Matthias Sammer arrived in January 1993 from Inter Milan.
After scoring 10 goals in just his first half-season at the club, Sammer went on to become a key figure in Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side.
Playing as a sweeper, the German legend helped the club win back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 1995 and 1996, before leading BVB to their first and only Champions League trophy in 1997. .
After retiring, he even continued to lead the club. Sammer was the one who brought Dortmund to the championship in 2002.
Dang Nguyen | 10:43 January 31, 2024