1.FC Nürnberg defender Timm Klose finally seems to have formalised his move to VfL Wolfsburg. The 25-year old centre back has been on the verge of a move to the Volkswagen Arena for a few weeks but Der Club’s sport director Martin Bader has confirmed that the move will now go through. However, Der Club will be replacing Klose with the experienced Austrian Emanuel Pogatetz, who will be making the move the other way from Wolfsburg. having spent the latter part of the season on loan at West Ham. SC Freiburg continue to build their dismantled squad and have added Gelson Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. The Swiss midfielder arrives for an undisclosed fee and will fit in nice in the depleted Breisgauer midfield. Finally, two moves that seem all but done: young Spanish striker Joselu looks set for a loan spell at Eintracht Frankfurt whilst Werder Bremen have continued to bolster their squad by adding another Italian defender after Luca Caldirola’s transfer; this time it’s Cesena’s 24-year old central defender Denis Tonucci.
The saga is over. Klose transfers to Wolfsburg
It has been dragging for a long time due to heavy negotiations between both clubs but the saga seems to finally be over. Timm Klose will be a Wolfsburg player next season. Both clubs have agreed a fee over 5m€ for the German-Swiss defender. After pressure from the player on Nürnberg to finalise the move before the weekend and an increased offer, Der Club had no choice but to give.
It was clear that Klose wanted to leave. We also had the feeling that Wolfsburg really wanted the transfer to go through. (Wolfsburg’s new offer) we couldn’t resist. We had to leave our feelings out of it. – Martin Bader
This way, Klose will be reunited with his former mentor, Dieter Hecking. However, going the other way as Klose’s replacement will be experienced Austrian international Emanuel Pogatetz. After not figuring in Hecking’s plans and being loaned out to West Ham for the latter part of the season, Pogatetz will now be signing a 2-year deal at Nürnberg after making only a handful of appearances at the Volkswagen Arena since his transfer from Hannover 96.
Freiburg add midfield experience
After their squad being decimated this summer on the back of an outstanding season, Freiburg are slowly building it up again. The newest arrival is experienced 26-year old Swiss midfielder Gelson Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. The midfielder arrives for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of 400,000€. Fernandes rescinded his contract with the Portuguese side which expired in 2016 but his contract length has not yet been revealed. Fernandes is an experienced player even at the age of 26, having played in the Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1 as well as in the Portuguese and Swiss leagues. Fernandes spent the end of last season on loan at FC Sion, the club where he started. He is an industrious midfielder whose work rate is his biggest asset. Freiburg sport director Klemens Hartenbach added:
We are convinced that a team player like him will fit right into the team. Gelson is a strong-running, team-supporting central midfielder.
With 42 caps for his country and 218 first-team appearances, racking up almost 11m€ in transfer fees, Fernandes will be looking to make an impression and make his experience count in Freiburg’s European adventure, as Christian Streich highlighted his experience, presence and awareness as his main skills.
Eintracht Frankfurt strengthen strike-force and Werder Bremen goes all Italian
Armin Veh has been keen to increase his firepower this summer and after the arrival of Jan Rosenthal (Freiburg). Once again, he’s turned to Hoffenheim to strengthen his squad after the arrival of Stephan Schröck and seems set to bring in Spanish starlet Joselu on loan. After a decent start but disappointing end to the season, the former Real Madrid Castilla’s striker will be moving to the Commerzbank-Arena on a two-season loan for a fee of 800,000€ according to Bild. Veh stated his need for another man in the middle next to Srđan Lakić and has beaten off competition from teams in Spain and England. However, this does not rule out Sparta Prague striker Václav Kadlec from the running to also join Eintracht, with the two clubs still having not agreed a fee for the Czech striker. Sparta still want a fee of around 4m€ for their star player but Eintracht are still keen.
Robin Dutt has taken a liking to Italian defenders from Cesena and after bringing in Luca Caldirola this week he has snapped up Denis Tonucci. Tonucci is a 24-year old central defender who has played for Italy at youth level and was co-owned by Vicenza, who were relegated from Serie B next season. Tuttomercatoweb has reported that Tonucci will sign a 2-year deal at the Weserstadion, fending off interest from other Italian clubs.
– Wolfsburg’s Swiss full-back Ricardo Rodríguez has, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, attracted the interest of Real Madrid as substitute of Fabio Coentrão. Rodríguez, of Spanish father and Chilean mother, would cost around 15m€ and is also of the liking of Monaco.
– Peruvian sports daily Libero echoed reports that Turkish Süper Lig champions Galatasaray are willing to pay up to $8m for Jefferson Farfán. Galatasaray chairman, Ünal Aysal, has publicly stated his interest in the player and has apparently already began negotiating with Schalke and that negotiations “are going well”.
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