Serge Gnabry ~ SV Werder Bremen to Bayern Munich ~ £7.2m
His triumphant return to Germany after never getting a genuine chance to shine in the Premier League could not have gone any better. After not being able to secure regular minutes at Arsenal in the wake of a six-month knee injury back in 2013-14, followed by a horrific loan spell at West Bromwich Albion, Gnabry set the world alight at the Weserstadion last-season to the tune of eleven goals in twenty-seven appearances in what was the first real top flight season of his career.
Such were his performances for Werder and the ability he always displayed at all levels of the German youth national set-up (capped regularly from U16-U21)—including scintillating performances at Rio 2016—that Bayern came calling.
Though he is now on a season-long loan at Hoffenheim, he will likely feature regularly under Julian Nagelsmann, thus ensuring his development continues. With both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the last legs of their career, and with Douglas Costa on loan at Juventus (who have an option to buy), only Gnabry and Kingsley Coman remain long-term wide options at the club.
He hasn’t gotten his chance in Bavaria yet, but it’s no coincidence that the aforementioned Robben and Ribery are both out of contract after this season. From Arsenal castaway to potential Bayern first-choice option in less than two years, the German youngster has experienced quite the jump in recent times, but it’s a move that could come off swimmingly.