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Date of Birth: August 8, 1992
Position: Striker, right winger
Transfermarkt Valuation: €10 million (as of March 2014)
Contract Until: 2017
Along with Calhanoglu, Josip Drmic is the Bundesliga's breakthrough talent of the season. And it just so happens that he could be a huge bargain, especially in the likely event that Nurnberg are relegated.
Signed from Zurich for €2.2 million last summer, Drmic was an immediate success at Nurnberg. He's scored 16 goals in 31 appearances, leaving him just two behind joint leaders Robert Lewandowski and Mario Mandzukic.
Given what little support he's had from the midfield, that statistic is remarkable, as is his having played a direct part in more than half (19) of his team's 36 goals.
Still just 21 years of age, Drmic has room to develop as a player. He is in many ways similar to a young Lewandowski: strong, fast, combative, technical enough to play in midfield and a lethal finisher with both feet. The club that secures his signature this summer will have signed a player who could yet become a superstar.
Latest Transfer Narrative:
As with Calhanoglu, Drmic is highly coveted by a number of teams in England and in Germany. And like Calhanoglu, the signs are more clearly pointing to Leverkusen than any other club.
Express (in German) reported earlier this week that Leverkusen have a €40 million budget and that Drmic has a release clause that would allow him to leave Nurnberg for €4.5 million in the event that FCN are relegated. The report claimed that ,although 'Gladbach are also keen to sign Drmic, the player much prefers a move to Leverkusen.
On Thursday, Express (in German) updated their narrative, claiming that the transfer of Drmic to Leverkuen was a done deal. The player had chosen B04, who in order to avoid inevitable competition from potentially bigger clubs, acted to secure a deal before it is confirmed whether Nurnberg are relegated or not.
While other clubs waited to find out what price Drmic would cost, Leverkusen reportedly offered FCN an amount in excess of the €4.5 million that would be required if Der Club are relegated. Nurnberg supposedly have accepted the offer.
Lothar Matthaus has insisted multiple times (via Metro) that Drmic will sign for Arsenal, but the basis of this claim is uncertain. Express, on the other hand, is a reputable newspaper based in Koln, just a few miles away from the BayArena.