There are times in every transfer window that a deal seems to completely come out of the blue.
While negotiations between major clubs for their star players twist and turn, there are also enormous signings and conversations that are going on silently in the background.
Borussia Dortmund’s eyebrow-raising decision to send Andre Schurrle and Andriy Yarmolenko to London clubs Fulham and West Ham United were both transfers that seemed to come out of nowhere.
Most notably Andre Schurrle’s exit from the Signal Iduna Park is definitely the most shocking.
The World Cup winner would have made more appearances for BVB if he did not pick up a nasty muscle fibre injury at the beginning of the season.
It is also unfortunate that he only really started to get into the BVB team during the ill-fated last eight matches of Peter Bosz’s spell in charge, where Dortmund failed to win in eight Bundesliga games.
At only 27 years old he is certainly not coming to the end of his career and he still has so much more to offer.
Very few players at BVB possess the level of experience he has in the Bundesliga and in the Champion’s League, so the timing of his release to the Premier League is baffling.
At a time where Dortmund finished last season as being the fourth best club in Germany and even lost 6-0 to arch-rivals Bayern Munich, many would think that this is not the time to start selling or loaning some of their most experienced and better players.
He was not in the squad for Germany’s shambolic 2018 World Cup campaign but he did provide the assist for Mario Gotze’s winner in the 2014 Final in Rio de Janeiro.
Fulham fans were ecstatic at their capture of Schurrle and other fans in England, especially
Chelsea were extremely shocked and even jealous, which just goes to show the level of respect and admiration he still has in England.
What is even more surprising about this Schurrle transfer is the lack of speculation about his replacement.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Andre Schurrle have both left Germany, players that quite often started on either flank and had a big role to play for BVB, yet there has been very little news on who could possibly replace them.
However, Dortmund are a team that have faith in their youngsters and are not a fan of splashing out £40 million on a solitary player.
They will always look to the conveyer belt of young players they always seem to have and look to them.
The exact same thing happened last year when Ousmane Dembele left to join Barcelona for the mind-boggling fee of £120 million.
There was no speculation about high-quality players coming in through the front door or any conversation about throwing money at anyone.
Instead, Dortmund bought 18-year old Jadon Sancho from Manchester City who cost less than a tenth of the Dembele transfer fee.
Borussia Dortmund did bring in Marius Wolf from Eintracht Frankfurt at the beginning of the window for £4.5 million.
At 23 years old he is still young and is a very capable player himself, however, does he have the potential of Jadon Sancho and Christian Pulisic.
Sancho is 18 years old and was even giving the no.7 shirt when he was signed, while Christian Pulisic is only 21 and he has been terrorising defences for the best part of two seasons now.
This is the perfect time for the young wingers to step up and drag Dortmund up to their previous heights.
Relying on young players is a very risky approach and the more conservative and risk-free nations such as England would not risk putting all their hopes and expectations on the shoulders of a 20-year old.
But, in Germany everything is different.
It is a nation which has managers who are sometimes younger than the players and players who are very early into their career.
They are allowed to make mistakes and develop as a player and a person and that is one of the reasons why German football is always so good.
The lack of speculation around replacements for the likes of Andre Schurrle and Andriy Yarmolenko is still surprising, but there is a long time left in the window.
Who knows, maybe there is another signing being conducted behind closed doors or maybe a big money signing will arrive out of thin air like Schurrle did?
But, so far this does not seem to be happening and it seems like the young players of Dortmund have the perfect opportunity to stamp their mark on the club.