Borussia Dortmund will be looking to once again go all the way in the Bundesliga next season after coming so close to dethroning Bayern Munich last time around.

A strong start to the season and a faltering Bayern side made it look like it was finally time for the Bavarian giants to see their dominance in Germany end after so many years, but ultimately it wasn’t to be as Dortmund let their lead slip in the new year and Niko Kovac’s side had done enough to claw back top spot once again.

There is once again a debate about who will come out victorious in the Bundesliga next season, with Bayern going through what many would consider as a rebuilding year, with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery departing the club. Two staples of their success in years gone by, both players were instrumental and will be very difficult to replace.

Dortmund, on the other hand, have strengthened well in the summer transfer window already, with the signings of Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard among others. Betting apps will certainly be paying attention to the work that they are doing in the transfer market ahead of the start of the new season.

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Hazard is a player that has impressed so many in Germany in recent years as he finally shakes of the tag of merely being the brother of Real Madrid superstar Eden Hazard. He’s a player that arrives with a bit of Bundesliga pedigree, ready to take the step up domestically and in the Champions League too. Meanwhile, the deal to sign Brandt can also be considered as something of a coup for the club. He had been heavily linked with moves to Bayern Munich and Premier League teams in the past.

Not only have they added to their side, they have managed to keep hold of young English star Jadon Sancho, as things stand. The player was heavily linked with moves back to the Premier League after a stellar season with Dortmund last time around. The likes of Manchester United and City have been mooted as potential destinations for the England international, but it appears that he wants to remain in the Bundesliga for the sake of his development, something that is a major boost to Dortmund’s title hopes.

On the other hand, Bayern Munich’s summer transfer business has not got off to an equally impressive start. The club have targeted some big names in the form of Leroy Sane and Gareth Bale, but it remains to be seen if either are realistic targets. A deal to sign the former from Premier League champions Manchester City appears to be their priority this summer, but they risk spending too much time chasing the player’s signature if a deal is considered unlikely.

In terms of names already through the door, Bayern have added Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard and highly-rated young German striker Jann-Fiete Arp to their ranks, but after their title scare from Dortmund last season, have they seriously improved their squad enough to hold off another challenge from Lucien Favre’s side?

Dortmund certainly have their work cut out if they are to go all the way in the Bundesliga next season but they now have the experience and the heartache of last season behind them and can learn from that as they look to oust Bayern from the top of the pyramid in Germany once more.