Papadopoulos in, Nukan and Bruno out at RB Leipzig
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Papadopoulos in, Nukan and Bruno out at RB Leipzig

It was a busy day for the East German club.

Jonathan Walsh

On Wednesday, RB Leipzig confirmed the arrival of Kyriakos Papadopoulos and the departures of both Massimo Bruno and Atinc Nukan on loan.

Papadopoulos has joined on a season-long loan from Bayer Leverkusen, while Bruno is off to Anderlecht and Nukan back with Besiktas; both until the end of the campaign.

After an action-packed transfer window, these look to be the last deals the club will do.

Papadopoulos an exciting addition

In what will be one of the biggest deals on the final day of transfer action, Papadopoulos has strengthened Ralph Hasenhüttl's defence.

He joins Bernardo has the two new arrivals at centre-back in recent days, which many feel were needed after their 2-2 draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

The Greek defender comes with plenty of Bundesliga experience and will be a key player for the newbies in the coming weeks and month.

This is his third club in Germany, and his second with Ralf Rangnick. The Leipzig sporting director was in charge when Schalke and Papadopoulos won the DFB-Pokal.

Nukan back to Besiktas

The towering Turkish defender made just 12 appearances for the Bulls after arriving for €6m last summer, and will hope to refind form back in his homeland.

Nukan looked sheepish and a tad awkward in his year with Leipzig, but going back to Turkey should see him gain vital minutes and confidence again.

The youngster completed his medical on Wednesday morning and joins both Gökhan Inler und Caner Erkin as their deadline day arrivals.

Bruno returns to Anderlecht

Another RB player making a return to their former club is the talented Bruno, who is in a similar boat to Nukan.

During his time with Anderlecht he was viewed as a potential star but has failed to show that since arrivng in East Germany.

He did impress while on loan with RB Salzburg, though the 23-year-old couldn't translate that to Leipzig and the arrival of Reece Burke has done his playing time no favour.