Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg) and Sven Bender (Dortmund) could both be on the way out of the Bundesliga in the immediate future. The Wolfsburg attacker has been linked with a transfer to Italy, while Bender is open to a Premier League-move. Meanwhile in the capital, Hertha Berlin has secured the services of 30-year-old defender John Heitinga on a free transfer from Fulham. Moreover, TSG Hoffenheim’s supporters representative Mike Diehl would like to see pyrotechnics to be legalised under certain circumstances.
Perisic wanted by Napoli
Napoli want to sign Wolfsburg-attacker Ivan Perisic this summer, according to the Croatian international’s agent Tonci Martic. The 25-year-old has earlier been linked with a move to Premier League-side Everton, but a move to Italy seems to be more likely at the moment.
Martic is quoted by ESPN as saying. “I personally have had regular contact with Napoli on behalf of my clients, including Perisic, and I can confirm that he is being tracked,”
According to the agent, Perisic is happy at this current club, which he has represented since 2012, but he would still be open to a move to Naples.
“He is very happy at Wolfsburg but if the two clubs were to reach an agreement over a transfer to Napoli then he would be very happy to play in your league,” the agent told ESPN.
Last season Perisic scored 10 times in 33 Bundesliga-appearances, which made the former Dortmund player an important part of the team’s success this season. Wolfsburg finished 5th last season, but at Napoli the Croatian could potentially participate in the Champions League.
Bender open to future Premier League move
Sven Bender would be open to a move to the Premier League in the future if a concrete offer was made, the 25-year-old told Kicker. The Borussia Dortmund-midfielder, who endured a difficult last campaign after an injury ruled him out of contention in February, has previously been linked, along with his brother Lars Bender (Leverkusen), with a move to England.
He is quoted as saying by Kicker. “I really like English football. Outside of the Bundesliga, it would fit my style best. Should I ever consider a move, the Premier League would be the only league coming into my mind.”
Sven Bender is expected to be fit in time for the season opener against Bayern München in the DFL-Supercup on August 13th.
Hertha seal Heitinga deal
Hertha Berlin has acquired the services of centre back John Heitinga on a free transfer from Fulham. The 30-year-old passed the mandatory medical check in Berlin on Monday before signing a two-year contract with the team from the capital.
“John Hetinga has plenty of international experience and he is a defender who our younger players in particular will learn from,” Hertha’s director of sport Michael Preetz is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Last season was a turbulent one, not only for Hetinga, but also for Fulham. The club sacked two coaches, Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen, before hiring former Bayern München and Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath. Nevertheless, the London club could not avoid relegation and Heitinga now relishes the chance to start a new chapter of his carrier in the German top flight.
“I desperately wanted to move to the Bundesliga, which is why I’m really looking forward to playing for Hertha Berlin,” the centre back told Die Alte Dame’s official website.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the rest of the squad and the great fans. After Amsterdam, Madrid and London, Berlin is now the next capital in which I can further my career.”
TSG Hoffenheim’s supporters representative Mike Diehl believes it’s time for pyrotechnics to be allowed under “certain circumstances” at Bundesliga grounds. Last season the clubs in the three professional German leagues (Bundesliga 1 and 2 and 3. Liga) had to pay approximately 1, 7 million euros due to illegal fan activities, including the use of pyrotechnics.
When asked if there is anything that can be done to find a solution to the problem, Diehl tells Faszination Fankurve one solution could be to partially legalise the use of flares and smoke bombs.
Diehl is quoted by the magazine as saying, “Yes, under certain circumstances, we could approve pyrotechnics on certain occasions. However, always in consultation with the fire department and in suitable places.”
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