20 Bundesliga Players Who May Be on the Move in the Summer
The 2013-14 Bundesliga season may be nearing its end, but the league's drama will continue throughout the summer during the transfer window.
Though many teams will be looking to make serious moves to reinforce their squads, almost every club will be forced to make some concessions and lose players.
Already, stars like Robert Lewandowski, Adrian Ramos, Sidney Sam, Dennis Aogo and Andre Hahn have confirmed transfers. But they are only the beginning, with many other big names likely to change clubs before the window closes.
Read on to review the rumors surrounding the futures of some of the Bundesliga's most-desired talents, who are presented alphabetically by surname.
Hakan Calhanoglu may be the only thing standing between Hamburg and relegation to the 2. Bundesliga. In his first season in the Bundesliga, the 20-year-old has experienced an impressively rapid development, scoring 10 goals in the league and five in his last eight appearances.
Calhanoglu renewed his contract in March, penning a two-year extension that will see him stay at HSV until 2018 unless the club agrees to sell him before then. According to Bild reporters Kai-Uwe Hesse and Andreas Zschorsch, the contract has no exit clause.
However, should HSV be relegated they will surely need to cash in on the German-born Turkish international in order to make up for the substantial revenue loss that will come with playing in the 2. Bundesliga. In fact, the club may want to sell him in order to fund reinforcements.
A Munich native, Diego Contento has served Bayern since before the age of five. But now, at 23 years of age and still a substitute, his days in Bavaria may be numbered. Although his contract runs until 2016, Bild reported last August that he was considering offers from Werder Bremen and multiple Serie A clubs. Bayern opted not to offload the left-back, however, with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisting that Luiz Gustavo be the only defensive player to leave the club.
Napoli would be a natural destination for Contento, whose family is Neapolitan and whose name was given in honor of Napoli legend Diego Maradona. And, according to Football Italia, Napoli are indeed interested in tabling an offer for the player this summer.
Julian Draxler was one of the hottest names on the transfer market as recently as January, but the 20-year-old has in recent months been written of less frequently in the international press. A lengthy spell sidelined with a hamstring injury and his overall modest goal return—he's without a goal since the 11 December—have coincided with an apparent decrease of interest in his services.
When he extended his contract until 2018 last May, Bild (h/t SB Nation) reported that Draxler's new deal contained a €45 million exit clause. Whether or not a club is willing to pay such a steep price for a player who has not exactly lived up to expectations this season is highly questionable.
Express reporter David Wright recently wrote that Arsenal remain keen to sign Draxler, but his article also quoted Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt as saying he believes the 20-year-old will remain in Gelsenkirchen for another season. That decision, of course, is out of his hands, should Arsenal or another side match the club's €45 million valuation of its prized starlet.
Half of Europe is interested in signing Josip Drmic, if various media reports are to be believed. The Switzerland international, who joined Nurnberg for just €2.2 million last summer, has had a tremendous first season at 1. FCN and could be available on the cheap—especially if Der Club are relegated.
Arsenal have long been linked with the 21-year-old. And Lothar Matthaus recently told Bild (via Express) that he was convinced Drmic, who is quoted as "dreaming" of a move to the Emirates, would join Arsene Wenger's side this summer.
The Daily Star reported in March that Liverpool and Everton had joined the race for Drmic, while Blick claimed on Wednesday that Leverkusen had offered €9 million for the versatile attacker—a claim that B04 sporting director Rudi Voller told Bild (h/t InsideFutbol.com) was "nonsense."
The same article that quoted Voller as calling nonsense on a deal being done nonetheless stated that among the four Bundesliga clubs—Leverkusen, Gladbach, Dortmund and Schalke—interested in Drmic, Leverkusen and Gladbach hold the best cards. The race for fourth place, and with it a Champions League spot could make the difference in deciding which club Drmic joins.
Ralf Fahrmann only became Schalke's permanent starting goalkeeper after the winter break, but his consistently outstanding performances have earned him considerable interest.
Bild reporters Peter Wenzel and Nina Gressmann recently claimed that Atletico Madrid were keeping tabs on Fahrmann, with the Spanish side in need of a new goalkeeper when Thibaut Courtois' loan period ends this summer.
Schalke, in a goalkeeping crisis as recently as December, face a tricky situation going forward. Fabian Giefer has, according to Kicker (h/t ESPN), agreed to join the Gelsenkirchen side when his Fortuna Dusseldorf contract expires at season's end. It will be difficult for the club to satisfy both goalkeepers, so Fahrmann logically may be on the move.
However, speaking to Bild (h/t Sky), S04 sporting director Horst Heldt insisted that Fahrmann would not be leaving Schalke this summer. Of course, a sizable offer could change his mind.
Jefferson Farfan remains a key player for Schalke, but a bottleneck of attacking players at the club could see him sold should a sufficient bid be tabled.
S04 have youngsters Julian Draxler, Max Meyer, Leon Goretzka and Donis Avdijaj among their ranks, along with the likes of established stars Farfan, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Chinedu Obasi.
Farfan turns 30 this October and has a contract that expires in 2016, so if Schalke intend to sell him, the time is ripe. Bild reported in March that S04 are considering pushing him out the door, claiming he has an exit clause worth €14 million and that Galatasaray were interested in him a year ago. The article also quoted him as stating that a move to England would be a dream come true, while a switch to Schalke's arch-rivals Dortmund would be unthinkable.
After just over three years in Hoffenheim, Roberto Firmino has made his huge breakthrough. The 22-year-old leads the village club in both goals and assists and is now a highly coveted target on the shopping lists of clubs around Europe.
Wolfsburg appear to be the side with the most serious interest in Firmino, with Bild (h/t InsideFutbol.com) reporting that the Brazilian tops the club's wish list. The report also claims that Schalke, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool are also interested in the player, whom the tabloid estimates to be available for a release fee in the region of €20 million. And Schalke coach Jens Keller admitted his interest in the player while speaking with Sport-Bild (h/t Four Four Two) in March.
Firmino recently penned a contract that is valid through the end of the 2016-17 season, but that has done little quash specuation over his future.
Freiburg may be at serious risk of being relegated to the 2. Bundesliga, but star defender Matthias Ginter is almost certain to play top-division football next season, in Germany or otherwise.
Bild (h/t ESPN) reported last Thursday that, in spite of Arsenal and Manchester United interest, Ginter had opted to join Dortmund. The defensive all-rounder will cost €8 million, according to the report.
Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, however. Immediately after the Bild report broke, the player and Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier told Kicker that nothing had been finalized. Despite this, it seems like it's only a matter of when, not if, the Germany international departs Freiburg.
Aaron Hunt will leave Werder Bremen when his contract expires this summer, sporting director Thomas Eichin revealed to Bild (via ESPN) in March. The 27-year-old, three-times-capped Germany international is now on the market and has been linked with several clubs.
Besiktas board member Erdal Torunogullari confirmed his club's interest in Hunt (via Turkish-Football.com) on Friday. And in March, Kicker (h/t InsideFutbol.com) revealed that Hunt was keen to join the Turkish side despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City.
Eintracht Frankfurt appear set to lose right-back Sebastian Jung this summer. The 23-year-old has a contract that expires in 2015 and is highly coveted. The Adler will have to sell him this summer or risk losing him for free a year later.
Arsenal have long been linked with Jung, and the Express reported on Thursday that the Gunners were close to sealing a deal for the defender. Last month, Sport Bild reported in its print-only version (via Sportal) that Leverkusen held the best cards in the race to sign Jung. And Kicker claimed interest in the player from Wolfsburg earlier this month.
The club that signs Jung will be adding a very talented right-back to their squad. Although he has yet to make an appearance for Germany, he was first nominated to Joachim Low's squad in November of 2012.
Toni Kroos has yet to extend his contract at Bayern Munich, which is set to expire in 2015, and is being heavily pursued by Manchester United according to widespread reports in England.
The Guardian wrote last week that Manchester United were willing to offer Kroos £260,000 per week to move to Old Trafford, a salary that would see him earn wages in the region of those earned by Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Returning from a torn ACL, Pierre-Michel Lasogga was deemed a surplus to requirements at Hertha BSC last summer and was loaned to Hamburg. Now, the 22-year-old is one of the most prolific strikers in the Bundesliga. Having scored at a rate of one goal per 118 minutes, he recently earned a call up to Joachim Low's Germany team and become a coveted transfer target.
There are the options of remaining at Hamburg or returning to Hertha BSC, but Lasogga is also said to be wanted by other parties. Kicker, for example, recently reported that Wolfsburg are intensively chasing the player's signature.
Lasogga's future may depend on how Hamburg and Wolfsburg finish the season. If HSV are relegated, he most surely will leave, if Wolfsburg finish fourth and thus earn a spot in the Champions League play-off they could have the advantage.
Mario Mandzukic has had a tremendous season at Bayern, setting a new career high in goals scored and seeming to always come up aces at the most-important moments. And yet, he has not always been a starter this season and will face intense competition come July, when Robert Lewandowski completes his move to the Allianz Arena.
The Croatia international and Pep Guardiola have had their differences this season, and although Mandzukic is yet to publicly speak of any intention to leave, Lewandowski's signing can only have a destabilizing effect: no employee can be excited about the addition of a new staff member being paid more money to fulfill his or her duties. Although Matthias Sammer claimed to Sky90 (h/t Goal.com) last week that Mandzukic would not be sold, interest from top clubs may be difficult to ignore.
Journalist Tancredi Palmeri tweeted in March that Real Madrid had contacted Mandzukic's agent, while the Express reported last week of interest from Arsenal and the Daily Mail claimed earlier in April that Chelsea had an advantage over the Gunners in the race to sign the striker.
Even as he approaches the age of 35, Ivica Olic is attracting the interest of clubs outside the Bundeslilga, where he has played the majority of his career. And for good reason: the Croatian has this season banged in a not-too-shabby 12 goals in 28 German league appearances and four assists.
Wolfsburg have Olic under contract until the end of the season, but given their ambition to play in the Champions League they are unlikely to consider relying on an aging striker for the majority of their goals. Olic is on Stoke's radar, according to coach Mark Hughes, who on Thursday was quoted by the Express as saying:
"Ivica Olic is a player that we like and one that we are pursuing. There have been one or two reports in the media saying this, that and the other but, for as long as we see the deal as one that we could complete, then we will remain in the hunt for his signature."
The hunt goes on.
Marco Reus has had a tremendous season for Borussia Dortmund, scoring 21 goals and assisting 18 more in all competitions. He put on master classes against the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in recent days, raising his stock even more in the eyes of potential suitors.
The 24-year-old Reus penned a five-year contract with BVB in 2012, but according to a Bild report (h/t Goal.com) that was published days after his move to the Signal-Iduna Park was announced, he has an exit clause worth €35 million. However, the reported clause does not take effect until the summer of 2015.
Europe's top teams have not been warded off by Reus' contract details, and the English press has long been abuzz with reports linking the player with moves away from Dortmund. Few have been picked up in the German press.
FIFA agent Francois Gallardo recently told Spanish TV channel La Sexta (via Express) that Reus had issued an ultimatum to Barcelona to make him an offer, although the Catalan side's transfer ban will have put a damper on that rumour. The Express had commented that Manchester United would be keen to step in with an offer if a move to Barcelona did not materialize.
However, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke insisted to Sport Bild (via ESPN) as recently as March that the club had no intention and no need to sell any star players this summer. The club's resolve may yet be tested, however, by a huge offer if Reus continues to impress for BVB and Germany.
Ricardo Rodriguez has experienced a meteoric rise to prominence this season. The Switzerland international has scored seven goals and given eight assists in 34 matches in all competitions for Wolfsburg—impressive numbers for a left-back. The 21-year-old's Transfermarkt.com appraisal has doubled from €10 million last June to €20 million on 31 March, and he has attracted the interest of some top clubs.
Last August, Bild reporter Kurt Hofmann alleged that Real Madrid and Monaco were interested in signing the player. And although a deal did not go through before, Bild claimed earlier this month that Wolfsburg were willing to part with the player and €10 million in exchange for Alvaro Morata.
The Real narrative is the most current surrounding Rodriguez, but the player will surely draw more suitors in the coming months. So talented and so young, he could soon be one of Europe's top full-backs.
Marcel Schmelzer may be sidelined with a muscular injury right now, but that hasn't kept the 26-year-old out of the headlines. The Borussia Dortmund left-back is allegedly a top transfer priority for Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Late on Thursday, Bild (h/t Metro) reported that Brendan Rogers is keen to shore up his defense this summer and has his eyes set on Schmelzer. The Germany international has a contract that runs until 2017, but given the emergence of Erik Durm during his many injury absences this season, it is conceivable that BVB could sell Schmelzer.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
Marc-Andre ter Stegen will surely leave Borussia Monchengladbach this summer, or so the goalkeeper says.
Last month, Goal.com reported that the Germany international had agreed to join Barcelona for a fee in the region of €9-12 million.
And although Barca recently had a transfer ban put in place, Ter Stegen told Express (h/t ESPN) at the beginning of April that 2013-14 will be his final season at Gladbach and that he will leave his hometown club this summer. Barcelona seems to be his most likely destination should they be able to get around the transfer ban, but with a player of Ter Stegen's quality, other clubs surely will come knocking if he is not allowed to move to Camp Nou.
Kevin Volland has long been considered one of Germany's best young forwards and in 2013-14 has made the next step in his development. The 21-year-old is now a hot item on the transfer market. And, according to a January report by Bild that claimed Dortmund were interested in the player, he has a €15 million exit clause.
In December, Jim Hughes of the Mirror reported that Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Bayern Munich had all been monitoring the player.
Rumors of Volland's potential exit from Hoffenheim have since gone dry, perhaps due to a slump in the player's form and due to the prolific form of his equally coveted team-mate, Roberto Firmino. Hoffe may now be aiming to accept the sale of Firmino while offering Volland improved contract terms in exchange for maintaining the 21-year-old's stay. However, the ex-1860 Munich man has favorable cards: if he is indeed offered a contract elsewhere and the buying club is willing to pay €15 million he will be allowed to leave.
Granit Xhaka has lost his starting spot in the Gladbach line-up, and according to the print-only edition of Sport-Bild (h/t Express) the player is considering leaving Lucien Favre's club this summer.
The German source claimed that Everton, Fulham and Inter are all keen to sign the 21-year-old Xhaka, who joined Gladbach in 2012 but is yet to assert himself enough to earn a permanent starting role in the Fohlen squad. He has, however, convinced Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld enough to earn 22 caps for his national team.
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