In contrast to the wild dealing in England, German clubs spent cautiously on the summer transfer market, which closed at midnight on Monday. Bundesliga spending reached 150 million euros ($217
million) -- less than a quarter of the money spent in England.
Bundesliga spending, in fact, was down almost $75 million from last season. The single biggest factor was champion Bayern
Munich's quite summer. Its only signings were Italian defender Massimo Oddo
joining on loan from AC Milan and midfielder Tim
on a free transfer from Werder Bremen -- in contrast to the 2007 signings in excess of $100 million.
The two biggest spenders were Hamburg and Wolfsburg, which spent
almost $50 million apiece.
Hamburg spent more than $16 million -- a club record -- on Brazilian midfielder Thiago Neves
almost $40 million on Italian internationals Andrea Barzagli
and Cristian Zaccardo