With the summer transfer window quickly coming to its end, there have been some recent player movements, including the transfer of former Bayern goalkeeper Michael Rensing, and perhaps still a few deals yet to come as the Javi Martinez/Bayern München/Athletic Bilbao saga continues without having reached resolution. The Rafael van der Vaart deal from Tottenham to Hamburg appears dead as Hamburg seem unwilling or unable to match the Dutchman’s wages at Spurs or the transfer fee desired.
Rensing to Bayer Leverkusen, Geromel to Mallorca
According to kicker, former Bayern München goalkeeper Michael Rensing, who has played the last year and a half at 1. FC Köln, is headed to Bayer Leverkusen as a backup to young Bernd Leno. Rensing, 28, will sign a one-year deal for Die Werkself, most likely pushing German-American keeper David Yelldell further back in Leverkusen’s goalkeeping hierarchy. With the Billy Goats set at the position after inserting 19 year-old Timo Horn in the number one spot, with fellow 19 year-old Marcel Schuhen as his backup, the move eliminates Rensing’s estimated 80,000 euros/monthly wage bill. Rensing was told at the end of May by Sporting Director Frank Schaefer that he should find a new club following the Billy Goats demotion to the second Bundesliga.
Rensing was the Billy Goats’ starter last season, playing in 32 league matches and earning a 2.97 grade average from kicker. Rensing took over the number one goalkeeper position at Bayern München for the 2008-2009 season following the retirement of longtime Bayern and German national team keeper Oliver Kahn. Rensing has featured in 115 games in all competitions, including 15 European contests.
FC Köln has also arranged a deal for Pedro Geromel, who heads to RCD Mallorca in La Liga. The 26 year-old Brazilian moved to FC Koln in the summer of 2008 following a strong season at Portuguese side Vitória de Guimarães. He is signed at Köln through June,2016, but will remain on loan at Mallorca until June, 2015.
Jiráček to Hamburg?
It appears that Czech international Petr Jiráček will be leaving VfL Wolfsburg for Hamburger SV for an undisclosed transfer fee. The attacking midfielder just signed with the Volkswagen City team back in December, and played 13 matches for Coach Felix Magath in the Ruckrunde, He scored twice in a -2 win over SC Freiburg, but after getting injured, he featured infrequently once recovered.
Jiráček joined Wolfsburg after playing 100 plus matches at FC Viktoria Plzeň. The midfielder also scored goals for the Czech Republic against Poland and Greece in this summer’s Euros.
Werder Bremen Signs Akpala
Werder Bremen signed Nigerian striker Joseph Akpala late last week for a transfer fee estimated at 2.5 million euros from Club Brugge. The 26 year-old began his European career with Royal Charleroi in 2006 before heading to Brugge in July, 2008. Akpala has scored 63 goals in Jupiler League play. The 6’1″ striker signed a four-year contract with Werder Bremen.
Said Bremen’s longtime Coach Thomas Schaaf
Joseph has demonstrated in several matches that he’s a physical striker, who above all profits greatly from his turn of pace. He has a real presence in the opposition penalty area and provides a constant threat in front of goal. We want to experience the same qualities with him at Werder
Akpala has seven caps for Nigeria, scoring two goals.
Annan, Baumjohann Leave Schalke
As expected, midfielders Anthony Annan and Alexander Baumjohann, both surplus to requirements, have left Gelsenkirchen. Annan, 26, has went on loan to Osasuna after spending last season on loan to Eredivisie side Vitesse. The Ghananian joined Schalke in 2011 after coming from Norwegian side Rosenborg, but only played in nine league matches for Schalke. Baumjohann, 25, has joined 1. FC Kaiserslautern on a free transfer, signing a one-year deal on August 21, and played in the Red Devils match Sunday with 1860 München, starting and going 80 minutes in the scoreless draw. Baumjohann started his career in Schalke’s youth system and also played with Borussia Mönchengladbach and briefly for Bayern München.
In other Schalke news, right back Atsuto Uchida extended his contract, which expired in June, 2013, for another two years. The Japanese international has been capped 50 times by his country, and has played in 71 matches in all competitions for the Royal Blues since joining the club in June, 2010 and was the first Japanese player to feature in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
Schalke Sporting Director Horst Heidt on Uchida’s signing
We are very pleased with the extension. He is an extremely reliable player and has become synonymous with the club
Goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall also extended his contract in Gelsenkirchen through June, 2015.
Slišković Joins Dynamo Dresden
Petar Slišković, the 21 year-old Croatian striker, has joined Dynamo Dresden on loan from FSV Mainz 05. The 6’4″ Croatian U-21 played 35 minutes as a substitute Sunday in Dresden’s 3-1 road win over MSV Duisburg. Slišković has played in ten matches for Mainz’ senior side and also played in nine matches while on loan to St. Pauli last season.