Two loan were completed on the final day of the summer transfer window that involved Bayern Munich and Sunderland. In the first, Bayern have loan goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann to the English third division club for the season. In the second, Bayern have sold Leon Dajaku to Union Berlin, and the capital club have turned right around and loaned him to Sunderland for the season.
Hoffmann, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the current season, has reportedly signed an extension with Bayern through the summer of 2023, according to Kicker. With the season-long loan, Sunderland have an obligation-to-buy clause in the contract that, if they get promoted, they must buy Hoffmann.
“It’s a great feeling to sign with the club and I can’t wait to meet the players and staff. I’m looking to develop as a player and Sunderland gave me the best opportunity to do that,” Hoffman said. “It will be a special feeling to play in front of 30,000 supporters each week at the Stadium of Light.”
It’s expected that Hoffmann will be the club’s starting goalkeeper moving forward.
As stated above, two transactions had to happen to get Dajaku to Sunderland. First, Union had to make Dajaku’s loan permanent after only six months (It was an 18 month loan). Now, he’s off on a year-long loan to Sunderland.
“As a result of injury and illness, it was difficult for Leon to play his way into the team. That’s why we’re happy to now go this route with him, to be able to give him the playing practice he wants,” Oliver Ruhnert, Union’s Managing Director, said. “We consider this step to be purposeful for his further development.”
Dajaku does sound excited to be headed to England. “I always looked to the football in England and I always wanted to come here, so when I heard I could, it felt like the right step. I’ve seen some of the games and its crazy how many fans come in the first division, but this – having the fans push you – is what I like. It feels very good to sign for Sunderland and I’m very proud to be here.”