Players starting to look for a new home

There are over 100 contracts expiring at the end of this Bundesliga season and more than 150 at the end of this Bundesliga 2 season. Some clubs may fancy to sell during the winter in order to generate a transfer fee, other clubs are going to hold onto their players allowing them to move onto the next club on a free transfer. The Bundesliga fanatic has compiled a list of 15 potentially interesting transfer targets to keep an eye on.

15. Mergim Marvraj – SpVgg Greuther Fürth

The likes of Hoffenheim, Stuttgart and Lazio were rumored to be interested in securing the Albanian defender’s services last season. Marvraj has had a decent Bundesliga 2 campaign so far, and at the age of 27 years he’s slowly reaching the prime of his career. If he wants to add to his 84 appearances in the Bundesliga he should certainly consider making a move next summer, especially if Greuther don’t gain promotion.

14. Juan Arango – Borussia Mönchengladbach

The Venezualian might not be a great goal scorer, but he’s certainly a scorer of great goals. The 34-year-olds contract expires at the end of the season and Gladbach are currently considering their options: Are they going to give Arango a 1-year-deal or are they going to rejuvinate their midfield by signing a younger player. Should Gladbach opt for the later there might be some interest from other clubs who could use a magical left foot in their side for a season or two.

13. Fin Bartels – 1. FC St. Pauli

On a good day the ball seems to be glued to Bartels feet making him one of the most entertaining players to watch in the Bundesliga 2. However, those days come and go and the former Hansa Rostock player has struggled to find consistency both the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 during his stint at St. Pauli. At an age of 26 this might be Bartels last chance of moving into the Bundesliga and make name for himself there.

12. Alexander Esswein – 1. FC Nürnberg

After gathering a fair amount of playing during his first two seasons at Der Club Esswein’s development seems to have come to a halt. Only four appearances(3 as a sub) so far this season speaks volumes in that regard. The 23-year-old striker and attacking midfielder might want to consider a change of scene after the current season.

11. Andreas Beck – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

The former Germany international has in the past been linked with moves to the likes of Valencia and Juventus, however, these days he doesn’t seem to draw the attention of bigger clubs. The Hoffenheim captain has had a decent start to the season and should certainly be an interesting player for clubs that are on the hunt for a good right back.

10. Fabian Giefer – Fortuna Düsseldorf

Schalke were said to be interested in signing Giefer last season, however, the deal never materialised. It seems rather unlikely that the former Leverkusen player is going to stay in the Bundesliga 2 after this season. And snatching up a young and talented goalkeeper might be exactly what Schalke need to sort out their defensive issues.

9. Arthur Boka – VfB Stuttgart

The Ivorian international has shown how versatile he can be, playing on the wing, in holding midfield and as a left back. The 30-year-old’s contract hasn’t been removed thus far, and other interested parties can approach the player and start negotiating with him on January 1st.

8. Julian Schuster – SC Freiburg

Werder Bremen wanted to sign the Breisgau Brazilian’s captain, Freiburg didn’t want to loose another player after Kruse, Caliguri, Rosenthal and Flum had signed contracts elsewhere however. The 28-year-old’s has shown to be a valuable asset to this Freiburg side, and there are certainly a number of teams who potentially could consider to sign the midfielder on a free transfer at the end of the season.

7. Sebastian Rudy – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Ralf Rangnick managed to convince Rudy to leave Stuttgart and join Hoffenheim four years ago. Fredi Bobic has already stated that he wouldn’t mind Rudy going back to the Swabians. Rudy himself has missed five matches so far this season, only making the bench on three occasions. The player himself has stated in kicker that he would like to stay in Hoffenheim, the ongoing negotiations haven’t yielded a result as of now.

6. Marvin Plattenhardt – 1. FC Nürnberg

The Germany under 21 left back has 42 Bundesliga appearances to his name, and he has made that left back position in Der Club’s line up his own this season. Both Bild and Italian tabloids have linked the talented defender with a move to AC Milan already. As things stand it is hard to see Plattenhardt staying for much longer at Nürnberg, especially if the club gets relegated at the end of the season.

5. Aleksandar Ignjovski – Werder Bremen

The green and whites want to hold onto their Serbian national team player, however, the versatile midfielder and defender hasn’t been a regular in Werder’s starting line up so far. Ignjovski is likely to consider his options before he signs another deal, meaning that teams in the market for a very decent player could potentially snap him up on a free transfer next season.

4. Ibrahima Traoré – VfB Stuttgart

The former Augsburg and Hertha player has had a hard time getting playing time ever since Thomas Schneider arrived at Stuttgart. If his situation doesn’t change he just might consider a move to another club at the end of the season.

3. Aaron Hunt – Werder Bremen

He was Thomas Schaaf’s favourite pupil and also Werder’s new coach Robin Dutt has found out that Hunt is a very important player for Werder. However, both parties have agreed upon postponing their contract negotiations until next year for a number of reasons. Hunt makes a decent amount of money, because his last contract was signed back when Werder were in contention for Champions League places. Werder are going to think twice before they offer him a similar contract, given how the club is trying to slash its budget at the moment. Furthermore, Hunt has on numerous occasions stated that he wants to play in an international competition, and as things stand Werder might not be the right club for a player with such high ambitions at the moment.

2. Diego – VfL Wolfsburg

The marriage between Brazilian playmaker and the club from the car city has been a difficult one thus far. Diego was shipped out on loan to Atletico Madrid during Felix Magath’s spell at the club, and as things stand, the midfielder has also been handed a new blow by youngster Maximilian Arnold taking over his playmaker spot in the line up. The former Werder and Juve player doesn’t seem to be happy at the club. His former club Atletico Madrid has been rumoured to be interested in re-hiring Diego on several occasions.

1. Mame Diouf – Hannover 96

The Senegalese striker wasn’t allowed to leave this summer, despite an offer from Stoke City being on Dirk Duffner’s table. Diouf has done fairly well for Hannover, scoring 20 goals in 45 matches for Mirko Slomka’s side. The player and his agent Jim Solbakken have been hesitating in signing a new deal with Hannover, something which might indicate that Diouf might be on the way out of the door.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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