10 Bundesliga Players Who Are in Desperate Need of a Transfer
The dust has settled after a tense final weekend of Bundesliga action. The 2014 FIFA World Cup looms large. Clubs are looking to get transfer business resolved quickly before attention turns to Brazil.
Hamburger SV retained their top-tier status by the skin of their teeth. HSV prevailed in the play-offs against second-division Greuther Fuerth by virtue of a solitary away goal. Mirko Slomka's men contribute heavily to this list with four names to be off-loaded.
In Berlin, Bayern Munich sealed a 10th domestic double, beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 after extra time in the German Cup final.
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The 20-year-old Turkish international enjoyed a standout debut season with Hamburg in the Bundesliga, scoring 11 goals on a misfiring team.
Despite a contract running till 2018, HSV may be prepared to cash in on the ex-Karlsruhe starlet while his stock is still high.
Calhanoglu stated in Germany's Sport Bild, "I definitely want to leave."
"Birthday boy" Mandzukic, who turns 28 on May 21, is set to become the first "victim" of Pep Guardiola's strategy for next season at double-winners Bayern Munich.
The striker suffered the ignominy of being dumped completely from Bayern's winning Cup final squad, despite finishing as the Bavarians' top league scorer (18 goals in 29 appearances) for a second straight year.
The long-awaited arrival of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski in the summer from rivals Borussia Dortmund means Mandzukic's days in Bavaria are numbered.
The Croat is rumoured to fancy a move to the Premier League and has been linked by The Independent to Arsenal. More recently, there has been talk in the Mirror of a swap deal involving Brazilian World Cup star David Luiz of Chelsea.
Germany U21 star Can is powerful and combative yet composed on the ball. He joined Leverkusen from Bayern Munich last summer. The German double winners still retain first option to buy him back.
Ashley Cole has admitted he is on his way out of Chelsea:
I am weighing up my options for playing next season with my agent and sadly it does not look like chelsea will be one of them. 💙💙💙💙— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) May 19, 2014
Would it be a shock if Liverpool's reported interest in Can alerts Jose Mourinho?
Remember how Mourinho scuppered Willian's move to Spurs?
Andre Schurrle, another former Leverkusen star, is already plying his trade at Stamford Bridge.
The German U21 international striker fired 14 goals in 21 games in a productive spell at hapless Hamburg whilst on a season-long loan from fellow Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
The 22-year-old Lasogga signed off with the crucial away goal that kept Hamburg in Germany's top tier.
With only a year remaining on his current contract in the capital, Hertha BSC will surely look to cash in on their much-coveted asset.
Lasogga stated in a recent interview with the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper, “I've always dreamed of playing in the Premier League.”
On his future "Mum's the word": His mother Kerstin is the highly rated striker’s agent.
The supremely talented Brazilian enjoyed his most productive season ever in the Bundesliga with 16 goals and 11 assists for Hoffenheim.
German tabloid Bild revealed Hoffenheim suffered pretax losses of €12.7 million in 2012-13.
So it would not come as a major surprise if the 22-year-old was sold to balance the books.
The 28-year-old left-sided Hamburg player is another likely departure from a club in turmoil in Germany's second biggest city.
The ex-Bayern Munich star suffered the added disappointment of being left out of Germany's World Cup squad. Jansen, a regular (when fit) in the past few years under national team coach Joachim Loew, was a surprise omission.
Jansen has a €5 million release clause, according to German football magazine Kicker. He would be wise to seek new pastures for the sake of a flagging international career.
Luuk De Jong
Borussia Monchengladbach's €12 million record signing has a contract until 2017 but has completely failed to fulfil expectations with a paltry six goals in 36 Bundesliga appearances.
The 23-year-old misfiring striker did not make the Dutch World Cup squad after a disappointing loan spell in England with Newcastle United.
The Magpies also turned down the chance to make the deal permanent. This is hardly surprising when you consider his record in the Premier League—zero goals in 12 games.
Despite De Jong's goal drought, Gladbach's director of football Max Eberl told RP Online, "There are plenty of interested parties."
Contento once again found himself on the fringes under Bayern's double-winning coach Pep Guardiola.
The left-sided player has managed just 49 league appearances in nine years at the club—with a mere six starts this campaign.
The 24-year-old definitely needs to move away to kick-start a stuttering career.
The 27-year-old earned plaudits earlier this season for his honesty when forcing the referee to immediately change an erroneously awarded penalty in a Bundesliga game against Nuremberg.
The German international has an English mother and is available on a free transfer. He would have no acclimatisation problems due to the language in the Premier League.
Rafael Van Der Vaart
The 31-year-old and his ex-wife Sylvie were once considered the "Mini-Beckhams" by Germany's Franffurter Allgemeine newspaper when the celebrity couple took Hamburg's high society by storm.
However, HSV's captain and talisman has endured a miserable second spell at the North German club since a €13 million move from Spurs in 2012.
As well as a very messy divorce, Van der Vaart's fortunes have faded on the pitch. He failed to score in the second half of this season, as his ailing club battled to stave off relegation.
Hamburg will be keen to get their highest earner off the wage bill, as the Bundesliga side attempt a fresh start after a woeful campaign this time around.
The injury-prone Dutch midfielder, who has won 109 caps for his country, had aimed to put himself in the shop window at the World Cup, but had to pull out after suffering a knock on the eve of the tournament.
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