Bundesliga Fanatic Summer Transfer Updates

The players may take their well deserved rest after a long and strenuous season. Sporting directors, agents and managers are now entering their busiest time of the year as the clubs of the league are trying to make improvements to their squads. Here at the Bundesliga Fanatic we aim to keep you up-to-date with all the latest transfers, impending deals and all the latest transfer gossip. This post is going to be updated throughout the entire summer and we’ll try to feature every transfer we hear about.

06/24/2015 – 0131 CET

Roberto Firmino drama finally coming to its conclusion?

If the latest reports are to be believed, 1899 Hoffenheim’s offensive star is about to move to Liverpool FC for a Bundesliga-record transfer amount.

Have shoes. Will travel.

Bild is reporting the deal is done, with the English club shelling out 41 million Euro to acquire the Brazilian who emerged over the last two seasons as Hoffenheim’s biggest scoring threat, posting 16 goals in the 2013-14 campaign and another seven in the season just ended. Add to the goal tally a total of 22 assists the last two seasons and you get a picture of why a club that aspires to challenge for England’s Premiership would be so eager to secure such a talent.

According to Bild, the deal will be secured upon Firmino’s successful completion of a physical, presumably after the player has finished competing with the Brazilian national team in Chile during Copa America, where he provided his team’s game-winning goal in Sunday’s 2:1 victory over Venezuela, lifting Brazil to the top of Group C and setting-up Saturday’s quarterfinal battle with Paraguay. (Randall G. Hauk)

06/23/2015 – 2316 CET

Die Fohlen add another talent to the stable

Borussia Mönchengladbach have completed their third signing of the summer (fourth, if you count this spring’s early signing of Lars Stindl) through the arrival of England youth-international and former Crystal Palace man, Mandela Egbo.

Max Eberl shows off latest signing Mandela Egbo

Egbo, aged just 17, will initially play for Borussia’s second string in the Regionalliga West. He is a right-sided player, strongest at full-back, but also strong as a winger.

“We are very happy that Mandela has chosen to play for us” said Max Eberl to borussia.de. “He is a player with great potential.”

“Massive thank you to everyone at Crystal Palace for an amazing seven years. So many great memories with some great people” wrote Egbo on his Twitter account. “Can’t wait to see what the future holds”.

He won the U17 European Championship with England in 2014 and has since graduated to the U18s, with two caps at that level to his name. He is yet to make a professional appearance at club level, having recently turned down a professional deal at Selhurst Park in favour of the switch to Niederrhein. (Conor Garrat)

06/23/2015 – 1951 CET

Elias Kachunga joins FC Ingolstadt

The exodus from SC Padeborn continues.

The relegated side already had lost its leader, with coach Andre Breitenreiter taking over the reigns at Schalke 04. As we reported earlier, Mario Vrancic is expected to make official a move to SV Darmstadt Wednesday morning.

Kachunga moving from east Westphalia to Bavaria

And now it’s Elias Kachunga making a move to stay in the Bundesliga, with the 23-year-old forward joining 2. Bundesliga champion FC Ingolstadt upon successful completion of a physical this Friday.

The Köln-born striker appeared in all 32 Bundesliga contests for the SCP last season, tallying six goals and an assist for the relegated side. During Paderborn’s 2013-14 season, Kachunga delivered an 81st-minute game-winning goal at Ingolstadt on match day 30 to hand his future employer one of only two losses die Schanzer would suffer in the Rückrunde.

Kicker reports the transfer fee to be at 1.5 million Euro. (Randall G. Hauk)

06/23/2015 – 1922 CET

Mainz tabs Fabian Frei as Geis-replacement

Mainz boss Christian Heidl had been clear about his club being in a position of not needing to sell any of its players and that it would do so only should a truly advantageous offer arrive.

That does not appear to have hindered Heidl from being prepared to replace players should it be necessary, as it was once Schalke 04 plunked a reported 11 million Euro on the barrelhead in exchange for young, talented midfield star Johannes Geis.

Fabian Frei happy to move to the Bundesliga

Following closely on the heels of the announcement of the Geis transfer, Mainz announced the acquisition of Swiss national player Fabian Frei from FC Basel, reportedly for a transfer fee of 5 million Euro, according to Transfermarkt.

Mainz and Frei also inked a new four-year deal as part of the move.

The 26-year-old midfielder played in 31 matches for the Swiss champion in league play and another eight in Champions League action, scoring one goal in each competition.

“The Bundesliga has long been my dream, and now with 1. FSV Mainz 05 will it come true,” said Frei to his fans via his official Facebook page. “I look forward to the challenge.” (Randall G. Hauk)

 

06/23/2015 – 1826 CET

Schalke Sign Johannes Geis

FC Schalke 04 have just completed a big signing, acquiring Mainz midfielder Johannes Geis, 21, and inking him to a four-year contract.  The transfer fee was not revealed, but believed to be in the range of 11 million euros.

Despite his youth, Geis already has made 75 Bundesliga appearances since 2013, and he featured in every league match for Mainz last season, starting 33 of the 34 contests while scoring four goals along with four assists.  Geis also completed 73% of his passing attempts last season with Mainz along with winning 54% of tackles.  He created 178 chances and picked up four yellow cards.

Geis currently is a member of the German U-21 that is vying for the U-21 European championship in the Czech Republic.  Geis has represented German at every youth level beginning with the U-16 youth team.  The 5’9″ native of Schweinfurt began his professional career with SpVgg Greuther Fürth.

Schalke Sporting Director Horst Heldt commented

We are delighted that one of the most coveted young players has chosen to join our club. Johannes possesses many great qualities; his dangerous set pieces, his passing game and his ability to find a man in space make him one of the Bundesliga’s best central defensive midfielders. The fact that he was already captain at Mainz at such a young age shows that he can and wants to take on responsibility.

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06/23/2015 – 1736 CET

Mario Vrancic becomes first new acquisition for SV Darmstadt

For the second consecutive season, Mario Vrancic will provide his services to a promoted side, according to a report in Kicker that says the midfielder will leave SC Paderborn to sign a contract with SV Darmstadt on Wednesday.

Vrancic in Bundesliga action

After being unable to help die Ostwestfalener avoid the direct return to the 2. Bundesliga by the end of the 2014-15 season, the 26-year-old appeared headed back to the second division thanks to his contract being valid for the lower-tier. A 500,000-Euro escape clause, however, paved the way for the new Bundesligists to make a reasonably inexpensive move to add needed depth and relegation-fight experience to their roster, especially with the loss of Hanno Behrens to 1. FC Nürnberg.

Vrancic provided two goals and an assist in 30 appearances for SCP this season, after delivering 5 and 10 the season prior in the same number of matches to help lift Paderborn into the Bundesliga. Even if the drop in production was a factor in the club’s failure to stay in the league, sporting director Michael Born indicated he’d hoped to keep his midfielder in eastern Westphalia while confirming the personnel loss.

“He has notified us that he is leaving and transferring to a first-division club,” said Born. “It is not for us, though, to disclose the new club.” (Randall G. Hauk)

06/22/2015 – 1430 CET

End of the road for Westermann at HSV?

It looks like former international defender Heiko Westermann’s time at Hamburg is up with it looking unlikely the Hanseaten are going to offer him a new contract this summer.

The 31-year-old could also be set to leave the Bundesliga too with reports claiming that both Besiktas and Galatassary are keen on taking the German centre-back to the Turkish Super-Lig.

Another player leaving HSV this summer is Lasse Sobiech, who has moved the short distance to St.Pauli. The defender has been on loan at the Millerntor and will make the move permanent.

“We have an oral agreement with Lasse Sobiech and HSV,” explained sporting director Thomas Meggle. “The contracts just need to be signed.”

06/22/2015 – 1300 CET

Transfer rumour: Are BVB set for sensational Gomez-Immobile swap?

The weekend may have been a bit slow on the transfer news front, but the start of the week certainly isn’t. Reports from Italy claim that a shock move to Borussia Dortmund could be on the cards for Mario Gomez.

The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Fiorentina are keen on taking Ciro Immobile from Borussia Dortmund and are ready to give up Mario Gomez as part of the deal.

New Viola coach Paulo Sousa apparently doesn’t see the 29-year-old German in his plans with sporting director Pedro Pereira looking to offload the former Bayern Munich striker.

It is believed Gomez would command a transfer fee of €12 million, but a deal involving Italian Ciro Immobile moving back to his homeland could make a deal with Dortmund an attractive prospect.

06/22/2015 – 1215 CET

Transfer rumour: Bayern look to Ntep to replace Ribéry

Reports in Germany this morning claim that champions Bayern Munich are looking at Frenchman Paul-Georges Ntep from Stade Rennes as a replacement for the injured Franck Ribéry.

Bild have reported that the 22-year-old international is being sought by the hierarchy at Bayern as they seek to compensate for the long-term absence of Ribéry. It is claimed Bayern have been watching him over the past weeks and believe he could add to the Bavarians attacking third.

Ribéry has been out for three months with an ankle injury and it remains unclear whether he will be fit for the start of next season.

Ntep can play on both flanks, meaning he would also serve as an option should Arjen Robben be out. At around €10 million, the Cameroon-born player would by no means break the bank at Bayern when you consider the other option discussed earlier this season was Angel di Maria at €65 million.

06/22/2015 – 1200 CET

Hannover turn attention to Klaus

Hannover’s quest to add to their attacking options has seen them turn their attention towards SC Freiburg’s Felix Klaus.

It had been thought that Stuttgart’s Martin Harnik was their primary target, but now it has become evident that won’t be coming to fruition, the Red-shorts have turned to Klaus.

The 21-year-old is currently on U-21 international duty with Germany at the European Championships in the Czech Republic, but it is reported in Kicker that the Niedersachsen club are preparing a €3 million bid.

The wide player scored two goals in 31 games last season for the Breisgauer. His current contract with Freiburg runs to 2017.

06/22/2015 – 0032 CET

Happy end for Hosiner and 1. FC Köln

Jörg Schmadkte tried to sign the Austrian striker Phillip Hosiner last January. After everything was negotiated the striker failed the medical test, because EffZeh’s team doctor found a tumour in the player’s left kidney. The kidney had to be removed and the player went back to France. Now that Hosiner has managed to get back in shape and is back to full health Schmadkte managed to get the player to sign for the club after all. The transfer is going to go through today according to Bild, and Köln are likely to pay 1.2 million Euros in transfer fees to Stade Rennais according to the paper.

06/22/2015 – 0027 CET

Transfer rumour: Hertha keen on signing Sam?

Bild writes that Hertha’s plan to sign Balazs Dzsudzsak could be stopped by his club. The midfielder has contract until the end of the year and his club might force him to stay for the duration of his contract according to the paper. Another player that could solve Hertha’s issues might be Schalke’s Sidney Sam. He could probably leave the club for around 2.5 million Euros, but he’s on a 4 million Euro annual wage package. Bild writes that Hertha could afford the transfer if Brazilian playmaker Ronny is going to be sold to another club in the near future.

06/22/2015 – 0022 CET

Transfer rumour: Bayer keen on signing Jonathan Tah

Die Werkself are keen to bring the 19-year-old defender to the BayArena according to Bild. Tah spent last season on loan at Fortuna Düsseldorf and collected some much needed playing time in the second tier. Now the officials at Hamburg are keen to bring him back to the Volksparkstadion, but the club’s dire financial situation means that the club would be willing to sell Tah for the right price. Bayer are offering 6 million Euros and Robbie Kruse on top of the money according to Bild. If that is enough for HSV to become weak stands to be seen.

Tah wouldn’t be the first big talent that HSV have lost to Bayer. Only over the last couple of seasons HSV have sold Hakan Calhanoglu, Levin Öztunali and Heung Min Son to Bayer.

06/21/2015 – 2245 CET

Need a new hobby? How about baking cakes?

Well, as you clearly can see, today’s transfers haven’t exactly knocked anybody’s socks off. If the Women’s World Cup and the U21 Euros aren’t enough football for you, how about taking up baking cakes as a hobby? Your family is going to be impressed(and a lot heavier by the end of the summer break). Former Fullham and 1860 München player Moritz Volz has been known to bake cakes ahead of every big match and Stfean Kiessling has even a cooking book with a delicious recipe for a Fanta cake. The recipe goes as follows:

Ingredients for the dough:

2 cups of sugar
1 pack of vanilla sugar
3 cups of flour
1 pack of backing soda
1 cup of backing oil
1 cup of fanta

Ingredients for the coating of the cake:

3 cans of mandarins
3 drinking cups of cream
1 pack of whipped cream stabiliser
1/2 a cup of sugar
3 drinking cups of clotted cream
Cinnamon

How to bake your very own Kiessling Fanta cake:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees(Celsius). Put all the ingredients for the dough in one large bowl and go stir crazy until you’ve managed to blend them together perfectly. Spread the dough out on the baking sheet and put it in the oven for roughly 10 minutes. Allow the dough to cool down after you’ve taken it out of the oven.

Combine all the ingredients for the coating, except the cinnamon and the mandarins, in one large bowl. Add the whipped cream stabiliser at the end and stir until you’ve got a firm, but creamy, mass in front of you. Open the 3 cans of mandarins, make sure to remove all the water and spread the mandarins on the cake in equal portions. Add the creamy stuff you’ve just stirred up on top of the mandarins, and sprinkle some cinnamon on top of the cake in the end.

Let the cake cool down for another hour or so before you serve it.

The cake has been tried by the fanatic’s own Niklas Wildhagen and has the Bundesliga fanatic mark of approval(for what it’s worth). Here’s a pic from Nik’s instagram account of how the cake should look.(And oh yes, we are all very bored by the lack of transfers and exciting news coming out of the Bundesliga this weekend).

After a recipe of #TheKiess!!!

A photo posted by Niklas Wildhagen (@niwi1986) on

06/21/2015 – 2224 CET Haggui joins Fortuna, Rajkovic about to leave HSV and Ndjeng signing for Paderborn Karim Haggui has for some time been out of the warmth at VfB Stuttgart. Now he has finally found a club that is willing to offer him the chance to get back on the pitch again. The 31-year-old has signed a two year deal at Fortuna Düsseldorf. Haggui has 172 Bundesliga matches for Bayer Leverkusen, Hannover and VfB Stuttgart to his name, scoring 11 goals. Former HSV sporting director Frank Arnsesen is getting his hands on a player he brought with him from Chelsea to Hamburg. Slobodan Rajkovic is set to sign a deal at PAOK according to several news reports in Greece and Serbia. And finally, Marcel Ndjeng has rejected Hertha’s offer of a two year deal. The defender would have played for Hertha’s second team and helped out the Bundesliga side during times of need had he signed the deal. The 33-year-old is now moving on to play for SC Paderborn. 06/21/2015 – 1300 CET Transfer rumour: Dortmund up interest in Mitrovic Borussia Dortmund’s reported quest for a new striker has moved onto Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic if the latest rumours are true. Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost has been linked with the Schwarz-Gelben, but it seems that Anderlecht’s front man is now very much on the BVB radar. Sky-Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Dortmund have already made contact regarding signing the 20-year-old from the Belgian club and are prepared to splash out around €15 million. However, if they are to do business, they may have to dig a little deeper in their pockets with Anderlecht manager Herman van Holsbeeck telling Sport/Voetbalmagazine, “If a club makes an enquiry, then I will say €25 million. We do not have to sell Mitrovic at any price”. Last season the Serbian scored 27 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions – one of which was against Dortmund in the Champions League group stage.

06/20/2015 – 2000 CET Santana out, Pazdan in at Schalke? Brazilian centre-back Felipe Santana looks to be on his way out at Schalke meaning the Königsblauen will be looking to add to their defensive options. According to polish newspaper Wirtualna Polska, the Bundesliga side are looking at acquiring Legia Warsaw defender Michal Pazdan. The Polish international remains under contract until 2016, but it has been made clear that his future lies oversees. His advisor Maciej Zielinksi confessed, “There is interest from the Bundesliga including Schalke. It is no secret that Michal has long dreamed of playing in the Bundesliga. I think by Tuesday or Wednesday we will know where Michal will play next season.” The other interested German parties in the 27-year-old are thought to be VfB Stuttgart and Hamburg 06/20/2015 – 16:00 CET Transfer rumour: Schalke to lose Matip The Königsblauen may have to steel themselves for the loss of centre back Joel Matip if the latest reports are to be believed. English Premier League side Newcastle United are being linked with a serious move for the 23-year-old with new manager Steve McClaren a big admirer. The Magpies are readying a €14 million bid for the Cameroon international- an offer the Germans may find hard to resist. His contract runs out next summer and efforts from Schalke to start negotiations over an extension have failed. The management team in Gelsenkirchen around new trainer Andre Breitenreiter may however have already identified a replacement in the form of Mexican Carlos Salcedo. Reports in Mexico claim the 21-year-old has intimated he is ready to move to Europe and could be tempted away from Chivas Guadalajara.

  06/20/2015 – 1210 CET Transfer rumour: Llorente to Wolfsburg Reports today claim that Spanish striker Fernando Llorente could be on his way to the Bundesliga with VfL Wolfsburg linked with the 30-year-old Juventus forward. Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that should the Turin giants sign Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid, then the former Atletico Bilbao hitman would seek a move rather than settle for a role on the bench. As well as Wolfsburg, Champions League participants Borussia Mönchengladbach are also having their name linked with the player. Any move to die Wölfe would very much be linked to whatever happens regarding Bas Dost. Should the Dutchman be allowed to join either Borussia Dortmund or Newcastle United in England, then the arrival of Llorente at the Volkswagen Arena would seem all the more likely.

06/20/2015 – 1155 CET Leverkusen eyeing Aranguiz at Copa America Bayer Leverkusen look to have identified the player they want to sign to cover for the recently departed Gonzalo Castro. Reports claim the Werkself have sent representatives to the Copa America in Chile to assess Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz. The international team-mate of former Bayer player Arturo Vidal is high up on the wish-list of Leverkusen as they seek to formulate their squad for next season. Kicker claims that Bayer manager Jonas Boldt has travelled to South America to observe Aranguiz in action. He will no doubt be impressed with what he saw in the 5-0 quarter-final victory over Bolivia with Aranguiz scoring twice. The 26-year-old currently plays in Brazil for Sport Club Internacional, but has previously had spells with Colo Colo, Quilmes and Universidad de Chile. It is estimated he could cost up to €10 million.

06/20/2015 – 1140 CET Mainz looking at Geis replacement With transfer speculation mounting over the future of Mainz midfielder Johannes Geis, the 05er are reportedly scouting a potential replacement should the U-21 international leave the Coface Arena One candidate identified is FC Basel’s Fabian Frei and reports in the Basler Zeitung claim the player is open to a move to the Bundesliga. The 26-year-old international is also attracting attention from Hamburg. FC Basel would demand around €5 million for their player, but with Geis attracting the gaze of Schalke amongst others, there will be funds in the coffers should Frei be the target they go for. 06/19/2015 – 2300 CET Mainz Ink Leon Balogun 1.FSV Mainz 05 have completed their fourth summer signing, inking right back Leon Balogun to a three-year contract.  Balogun joins Mainz on a free transfer from SV Darmstadt 98. The Berlin-born Balogun joined the Lillies in 2014 following stints at Hannover, Werder Bremen and Fortuna Düsseldorf.  The 26 year-old has featured 23 times in Germany’s first division, as well as getting 32 games in Bundesliga 2 and 49 in 3. Liga, as well as four caps for the Nigerian national team. Mainz Coach Martin Schmidt said of the 26 year-old

In Leon Balogun we have found an aggressive, strong-tackling full back, but who is also flexible across the back-four. He is a nice, intelligent guy who will not just enhance our team on the pitch, but also in the changing room

balogun 06/19/2015 – 2055 CET Done deal: Köln sign Modeste from Hoffenheim Köln have confirmed the signing of striker Anthony Modeste from Hoffenheim. The 27-year-old replaces fellow Anthony (Ujah) who has joined Werder Bremen after penning a deal with the Geisböcke until 2019. The Frenchman scored 23 goals in 62 games for the Sinsheim club and had been widely tipped as a successor to the departing Ujah. Neither club has as yet revealed the transfer fee involved. “He matches our player profile exactly,” explained sporting director Köln Jörg Schmadtke. “He’s a robust, dangerous striker. He knows the Bundesliga and will enhance our offensive game.” Modeste had spells with the likes of Nice, Bordeaux, Blackburn Rovers and Bastia before joining Hoffenheim ahead of the 2013-14 season.

06/19/2015 – 0448 CET Dominik Kohr Makes Permanent Move to FC Augsburg Midfielder Dominik Kohr, who was loaned by Bayer 04 Leverkusen to FC Augsburg in January, 2014, is now a permanent member of the Bavarian club.  THe 21 year-old native of Trier signed a four-year contract with FC Augsburg. Kohr came up in the ranks of the Leverkusen youth system and played eight senior squad matches for Die Werkself, debuting in 2012.  He has made 34 league appearances for FCA since his loan was made and scored the only goal in Augsburg’s 1-0 upset of VfL Wolfsburg in March. 06/18/2015 – 1825 CET Done deal: Hertha confirm Weiser signing Hertha Berlin have confirmed their capture of Bayern Munich winger Mitchell Weiser on a free transfer. The 21-year-old has penned three-year deal in the capital and is the club’s first summer acquisition. “Mitchell Weiser is a young player, capable of developing, and who has a lot of pace down both flanks” explained manager Michael Preetz. “He is just as offensive as he is defensive and he matches our player profile exactly. Weiser joined the Bavarians in 2012 from 1FC Köln and made 16 Bundesliga appearances scoring once. He had a brief spell on loan at Kaiserslautern in order to gain more first-team opportunities. The youngster made quite an impact at the tail-end of the season at Bayern being included in the last seven of Pep Guardiola’s matchday squad and impressing on the pitch. He laid on four assists and grabbed one goal in the process. Weiser may just be the first new signing with the club also reportedly looking at bring Hungarian winger Balazs Dzsudzsak to the Olympiastadion.

06/18/2005 – 1810 CET Transfer rumour: Schalke go for Brazilian Reports in Kicker claim that Schalke are close to a deal that would see Brazilian defender Junior Caicara move to the Veltins Arena from Bulgarian side Ludogorets. The 26-year-old right-back is on the radar of manager Horst Heldt as the Königsblauen look to fill a problem position. The oft-injured Atsuto Uchida had to be replaced last season by variations of Benedikt Höwedes, Marco Höger, Kaan Ayhan and even Tranquillo Barnetta at times. Caicara is an offensive minded fullback as his six goals in 17 league appearances last season shows. Schalke have reportedly agreed terms with the player, but it remains for an agreement to be made with his club for a player under contract until 2017. 06/18/2015 – 1800 CET Behrami to follow van der Vaart out the HSV door? Hamburg could be set to lose another player from their squad with the news that Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami is rumoured to be on his way. The Swiss international made his feeling clear recently that he was far from happy at HSV saying that “Hamburg has been a negative experience for me.” The Rothosen’s manager Peter Knäbel is clearly not going to lose any sleep over the potential departure telling Bild: “If he wants to go, then I assume he will come to us”. A lot was expected of the player when he arrived last summer, but the relationship has soon turned sour and a parting of the ways seems inevitable. Anyone interested in taking Behrami off HSV’s hands would expected to pay around €5 million.

06/18/2015 – 1750 CET Köln change defensive target The predicted transfer of Brazilian defender Douglas from Russian side Dinamo Moscow looks to have hit the rocks and it could well be now that the Geisböcke will turn their attention elsewhere as they look to fill a Kevin Wimmer-sized hole in their defence. According to Kicker one new target identified by the Rheinlander is Carlos Zambrano of Eintracht Frankfurt. The Peruvian is on Copa America duty at the moment and with his contract at the Commerzbank-Arena up in the summer, he could make the move to Köln on a free transfer. 06/18/2015 – 0700 CET Eintracht Frankfurt Sign Austrian GK Acording to kicker Eintracht Frankfurt have signed goalkeeper Heinz Lindner to a two-year contract on a free transfer from Austria Wien.  The 24 year-old has played in over 180 matches in all competitions, including Europe, for the venerable Austrian club since moving up from the reserve side in 2010.  The 6’1″ native of Linz also has earned seven caps for the Austrian national team. 06/17/2015 – 1930 CET Drmić seals ‘Gladbach move It was a matter of formalising the deal but now it’s official: Josip Drmić is a Borussia Mönchengladbach player. Die Fohlen have had to fork out 10m€ for the Swiss striker, who had only joined Bayer Leverkusen the previous summer from 1. FC Nürnberg for 6.8m€. Things didn’t work out for him at the BayArena but we have all seen what he’s capable of when playing with confidence, which he should get at his new club. Drmić has put pen to paper to a four-year contract and sporting director Max Eberl is delighted to have got his man. “We were interested in signing Josip Drmić last year but on that occasion he chose to join Leverkusen. We’re delighted that everything has come together now. Josip is a quick and dangerous attacker and is going to fit in well”.   06/17/2015 – 1900 CET Goalkeeping merry-go-round (Part II) The game of musical chairs involving Bundesliga keepers may be set for another round with the news that Hannover custodian Ron-Robert Zieler is attracting the interest of Italian side AS Roma. The German international (and World Cup winner) has reportedly sparked the interest of the Giallorossi. He is contracted to the Niedersachsen outfit until 2017, but the lure of Champions League football and an appropriate level of financial compensation could oil the wheels of a deal. Zieler began his pro career at Manchester United, but never made a first-team appearance for the Red Devils. Since moving back to Germany, the 26-year-old has made 148 appearances for the Red shirts, and has represented his country at nearly every level internationally. The prospect of swapping Bundesliga struggles for Champions League football could tempt the Hannover keeper to once more try his luck abroad. 06/17/2015 – 1830 CET Transfer rumour: More business for Hoffenheim Hoffenheim are certainly getting their summer transfer business done quickly this year and if reports are to be believed, another new arrival could be imminent in the form of striker Marc Uth from Dutch side SC Heerenveen. Bild is reporting that the Kraichgauer are already putting the 23-year-old former German junior international through his medical checks ahead of a move to Sinsheim. Uth scored 20 goals for the Dutch side in last season’s Eredivisie helping them to seventh in the table. The youngster is a product of the Köln youth system, but moved to the Netherlands to get more regular first-team football. The player has agreed terms with Hoffenheim- t is just a case of the two clubs sorting out the financial side of the transfer. 06/17/2015 – 1800 CET Transfer rumour: Hertha Berlin closing in on Weiser The race for the signature of Bayern Munich free-agent Mitchell Weiser looks to have been won by Hertha Berlin according to Kicker. The 21-year-old will move to the German capital for free following the expiration of his deal at the Allianz Arena. It is believed the wideman will sign a contract until 2018 with Berlin and get regular first-team football rather than accept an offer from Bayern, which perhaps would have seen his action limited. Weiser made 13 Bundesliga appearances for the Bavarians last season winning positive reviews for his performances. He scored once and provided four assists throughout the title winning campaign.

06/17/2015 – 1300 CET Hugo Almeida set for Bundesliga return? Former Werder Bremen striker Hugo Almeida is being linked with a return to Germany with both 1FC Köln and Eintracht Frankfurt reportedly courting the 31-year-old. The Portuguese forward is a free agent after his contract with Russian side Kuban Krasnodar expired and Sport-1 claim the Bundesliga duo are amongst a number of clubs trying to sign him. “From my advisor I know that clubs from Germany, Turkey and Russia are interested” Almeida explained. “I love the Bundesliga. I had five great years in Bremen. I am fit, motivated and stronger than before. Perhaps I can still play in one of the world’s top leagues.” Almeida scored three times for Krasnodar in 13 games in the second half of the Russian season helping them to reach the Russian Cup final. 06/17/2015 – 1245 CET Done deal: Hoffenheim sign Czech Kaderabek Hoffenheim have further strengthened their squad with the announcement that they have signed promising Czech defender Pavel Kaderabek from Sparta Prague. The 23-year-old right back was voted the league’s ‘Player of the Year’ last season and was being courted by a number of clubs. Hoffenheim have prevailed tying him to a four-year deal until 2019. Kaderabek has played eight games for the Czech national side scoring once. A fee of around €3 million is believed to be involved. The new boy in Sinsheim won’t have long to wait to meet one of his new team mates. He is currently on U-21 duty at the European Championships in his homeland and will possibly be lining up against Hoffenheim striker Kevin Volland on Tuesday as the two nations meet.

06/17/2015 – 1230 CET Transfer rumour: HSV saviour Müller off to Hannover He may have just saved Hamburg from the dreaded relegation with his goal in the play-off with Karlsruhe, but Nicolai Müller could soon be set for a move away from the ‘Red shorts’ to the ‘Red shirts’. Hannover have made no secret that the 27-year-old winger is a player they would like to sign this summer with 96 President Martin Kind telling Sportbild: “His name is on our wishlist. If HSV want to sell, then we will seriously try to sign him.” The former Mainz player scored nine goals in 26 appearances last season laying on three assists. 06/17/2015 – 1215 CET Schalke confirm Boateng exit, AC Milan interested Schalke have moved to confirm that midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has no future with the Königsblauen with reports linking him with a move back to AC Milan. Boateng and Sidney Sam both were both controversially expelled from the Schalke squad towards the end of the season and the club are now looking for a way to finally part company. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport the 28-year-old is poised to return to Serie A with AC Milan- the team he left in 2013 to join Schalke. “Milan is just one option” explained his advisor Federico Pastorello via Twitter. “We are looking for the best solution and Milan could be one of them.”

06/17/2015 – 1200 CET Goalkeeping merry-go-round- Weidenfeller to VfB? Borussia Dortmund’s signing of Freiburg keeper Roman Burki may have just started a cycle of goalkeeping transfers. The arrival of Burki at the Signal Iduna Park may spell the end of the road for Roman Weidenfeller and the Stuttgarter Zeitung is reporting that VfB Stuttgart may be preparing a bid for the national team keeper. “There is a lot of speculation, but we have to be patient” said sporting director Robin Dutt. “We have criteria that we want to have fulfilled”. Alongside Stuttgart, Fiorentina and Besiktas are also rumoured to be monitoring the situation regarding Weidenfeller’s future in Dortmund.

06/16/2015 – 2359 Transfer rumour: New left back for Stuttgart? It’s no secret that the Swabians want to get rid of Konstantin Rausch, Gotuko Kasai and Adam Hlousek. However, if all three of them leave Stuttgart would only have one left back in their squad. Now though it seems that the Robin Dutt has found a player who could solve the problem. The Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla writes that VfB have put in a 4 million Euro offer for Empoli’s left back Mário Rui. 06/16/2015 – 2355 CET Transfer rumour: Dardai interested in bringing a fellow Hungarian to Hertha? The Hungarian paper Nemzeti Sport writes that Hertha are taking a closer look at Dinamo Moscow’s left winger Balázs Dzsudzsák. The 28-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season which would mean that he could join Hertha on a free transfer. Dzsudzsák knows Dardai from the time he has spent playing for the Hungarian national team, which was coached by Dardai until recently. This season the left winger played in 29 matches for Dinamo and he scored 7 goals. 06/16/2015 – 1844 CET Joselu move to England completed Stoke City have finalized a deal to acquire 25-year-old attacker Joselu from Hannover 96. The €8 million fee is the highest received by the Red Shirts in club history.   Hannover sporting director says of the deal, “We fulfilled the player’s request and, in return, receive a reasonable transfer fee.”  (Randall G. Hauk)  

  06/16/2015 – 1644 CET Turkish press: Podolski joining Gala The Turkish paper Aksam writes that Podolski and Galatasary have agreed upon a three year deal, which would see the striker make an annual salary of 3 million Euros. Arsenal and Gala have supposedly agreed to sell the striker for 2 million Euros according to the article.

06/16/2015 – 1626 CET Transfer rumour: Christopher Schindler about to leave 1860 München? The captain of the Munich side might get to play in the Bundesliga next season. Both HSV and Mainz are interested in securing the player’s signature according to Bild. Schindler has been at the club since 1999 and is one of the key players of Thorsten Fröhling’s side. Both the coach and sporting director Gerhard Poschner have told Bild that they want the player to stay.

06/16/2015 – 1454 CET Transfer rumour: Spurs and Southampton interested in Sven Bender? The Daily Mail writes that both clubs are taking a keen interest in securing the player’s services. However, no player is likely to be sold before Thomas Tuchel has taken a closer look at the squad he has at hand. Bender’s contract at Dortmund expires in 2017.

06/16/2015 – 1450 CET Wolfsburg keen to sign Rüdiger Klaus Allofs and Dieter Hecking are looking for a fourth central defender and Antonio Rüdiger could fill that spot. However, VfB Stuttgart want more than 10 million Euros to part with the defender according to kicker, a sum which Wolfsburg are probably not willing to pay. Several sides from the Premier League have shown interest in hiring Rüdiger, and if the defender really wants to leave the club Robin Dutt would like to sell off the 22-year-old to an English club according to kicker. 06/16/2015 – 1444 CET Hertha: Ndjeng weighing his options, Heitinga about to leave Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz is keen to keep Marcel Ndjeng at the club. The 33-year-old has been offered a two year deal for Hertha’s second team and he’d be a back up solution for the Bundesliga if the side is injury struck. However, SC Paderborn have also contacted the player and asked him to join their side in the Bundesliga 2. Ndjeng has asked Preetz for some time to consider all his options before making a decision. John Heitinga is about to leave Hertha. The player and Ajax Amsterdam have reached an agreement about a one year deal with an option for another season at the club. Heitinga’s agent told kicker today that the transfer is about to go ahead.

06/16/15 – 1440 CET What about Roman Weidenfeller? Thomas Tuchel confirmed in an interview with Sky Sports News HD that Roman Weidenfeller and the club are talking about the keeper’s future at BVB. One of the options at hand, according to Tuchel, is that the veteran goalie could leave the club. According to Stuttgarter Zeitung VfB Stuttgart are taking a closer look at Weidenfeller, however, the club signed the 28-year-old keeper Przemyslaw Tyton today. 06/16/15 – 1433 CET Schalke: Draxler linked to Arsenal and Meyer leaving all options open Sky Sports Germany are claiming that Julian Draxler is keen to move to the Premier League. The 21-year-old midfielder has been linked with Arsenal numerous times and this time around it seems like Arsenal are in pole position to secure the services of the midfield talent according to several English media outlets. Max Meyer on the other hand side has stated that he’ll take a closer look at what the future has in store for him after the U21 Euros. Meyer has 25.5 million Euros buyout clause in his contract and has drawn the attention of several sides of the course of the last season. 06/16/2015 – 1429 CET Transfer rumour: Bremen interested in Juve’s Andrés Tello? The 18-year-old defensive midfielder would fit perfectly into Thomas Eichin’s and Rouven Schröder’s profile. A young talent who can take his first steps at the Weserstadion and an inexpensive solution for the new player Werder want on the holding position. Tello is currently on loan at Juve from Columbian side Team Envigado, but the Old Lady are rumoured to use their purchase option before they want to ship the player off to another side on loan. Thomas Eichin wasn’t willing to give any comment when asked about the player. 06/16/15 – 1045 CET Done deal:  Bayern sign keeper Ulreich With Spanish back-up keeper Pepe Reina on his way from the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich have moved quickly to sign up a new number 2 to Manuel Neuer in the form of 26-year-old VfB Stuttgart custodian Sven Ulreich. Ulreich lost his starting place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena and was criticised at times for his performances, but Bayern see him as an able understudy for them. “We are very happy that we were able to sign in Sven an experienced Bundesliga keeper” explained Bayern’s executive board member Jan-Christian Dreesen.

06/16/15 – 1030 CET Transfer rumour: Schalke target Belgian talent It hasn’t taken long for the transfer gossip to start up at Schalke following the official unveiling of Andre Breitenreiter as the new trainer of the Königsblauen. According to reports in the paper Nieuwsbald, the Germans are looking to make 23-year-old right back Thomas Meunier their first summer signing from FC Brugge. The Belgian international is contracted to Brugge until 2020 and would set Schalke back around €5 million and he would be seen as a good alternative to the oft-injured Atsuto Uchida. They will have to act quickly though with both Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg also reported as showing an interest in the player.

06/16/15 – 0835 CET Miso Brecko will stay in Köln. The three-year captain of the Billy Goats was presumed to be on his way out the door, but today his agent Karl Herzog says the player and club are making their season plans together rather than seeking a new home for the right back.  (Randall G. Hauk)

A beloved figure and Mickey Mouse.
A beloved figure and Mickey Mouse.

06/16/15 – 0820 CET Transfer rumour: Trapp off to PSG One from the left field this one, but a story in Bild claims that money bags French giants Paris St. Germain are looking to take Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper and captain Kevin Trapp to the French capital. Although the former German U-21 international recently signed a deal with the Adler until 2019, a reported bid of €9 million from PSG could tempt the Bundesliga outfit and provide the funds for new trainer Armin Veh to strengthen his squad.

06/16/15 – 0045 CET Daniel Halfar set for return to 1. FC Kaiserslautern and 2. Bundesliga  After playing a large role in the 1. FC Köln’s promotion to the first division, offensive-oriented midfielder Daniel Halfar saw his playing time wane in the late states of the Billy Goats’ drive to stay out of the relegation battle, setting the stage for his return to 1. FC Kaiserslautern, where he first became a professional footballer, debuting in each of the top two German leagues as a member of the Red Devils before moving to Arminia Bielefeld and 1860 München. At 27-years-old, Halfar has already logged 84 Bundesliga matches and 141 appearances in the second division. Though Halfar remains under contract with Köln until next summer, a transfer to Kaiserslautern is expected to arrive as a part of last week’s move of young defender Dominique Heintz from the Devils to the Goats.  (Randall G. Hauk) 06/15/15 – 1845 CET Höwedes to stay loyal to Schalke Schalke’s World Cup winner Benedikt Höwedes looks set to snub lucrative moves away from the Gelsenkirchen club and remain true to his current employers. The welcome news for Knappen fans was revealed on Monday morning by Horst Heldt as new trainer André Breitenreiter was formally introduced. The 27-year-old defender is reportedly not going to activate an exit clause in in current contract and will remain at the Veltins Arena next season. “He had two offers from abroad. We are happy that he has decided to continue playing for Schalke. He is our captain and we need him” Heldt explained. Arsenal were one club keen to link the German up with compatriots Mesut Özil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski. Höwedes had until Monday to activate a clause allowing him to leave for €17 million.

06/15/15 – 1835 CET Transfer rumour: Joselu set for Hannover exit All the signs are pointing towards Spanish striker Joselu cutting short his spell with Hannover with a transfer away from the HDI Arena according to Marca. English side Stoke City are reportedly keeping close tabs on the 25-year-old Stuttgart-born Spaniard, while fellow Bundesliga side Köln are also being touted as potential suitors according to Kicker. The former Real Madrid forward was infamously ditched by Hoffenheim, but scored eight goals in 30 appearances this season for the Red Shirts. 06/15/15 – 1825 CET Transfer rumour: Stuttgart to lose Didavi? If reports today are to be believed, VfB Stuttgart could be about to lose midfielder Daniel Didavi with Bayer Leverkusen about to make an offer. The Swabians are readying themselves for a bid from Leverkusen for the 25-year-old, who scored four goals in an injury hit season (just 11 appearances). It is believed the Werkself are offering him quite an increase on his current salary and after a season of struggle with Stuttgart, he could be tempted with a move. 06/15/15 – 1544 CET Transfer rumour: Is Augsburg willing to sell Klavan? Ragner Klavan has been one of the few outfield players in the Bundesliga who hasn’t missed one single minute of Bundesliga action this season. The 29-year-old’s great performances haven’t gone unnoticed abroad. Today Klavan’s adviser confirmed that Everton have been interested in signing him. However, his contract lasts until 2017 and FC Augsburg could put Klavan to good, especially given the fact that the team is competing in three competition’s for the first time in their Bundesliga history. 06/15/15 – 0910 CET Everton linked with Shinji Kagawa move Premier League side Everton are being linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Shinji Kagawa according to a story in the Times. It is claimed the Japanese international is unhappy following the departure of Jürgen Klopp and could be open to a return to England. He may have failed to completely convince while at Manchester United, but his style would very much suit the Merseysiders. Kagawa rejoined Dortmund last summer for a fee of around €8 million and a similar offer from Everton may tempt BVB, although much will depend on the squad plans of new coach Thomas Tuchel.

06/15/15 – 0055 CET Transfer rumour: Ronny travelling to the desert? Hertha are currently trying to get rid of some of their high earners. John Heitinga makes 1.8 million Euros a year and the Hertha board are hoping that his transfer to Ajax Amsterdam won’t fall through. Another high wage earner is the Brazilian free kick wonder Ronny, who makes roughly 1.5 million Euros a year. Bild writes that several clubs from the United Arabian Emirates and Turkey are interested in securing the services of the midfielder. The Old Lady would be willing to let Ronny go for a transfer fee of 1 million Euros, question is: Would Ronny like to play in Turkey, where Trabzonspor and Besiktas are gagging to sign him, or in the UAE where Al-Wahda, Al-Ain, Al-Ahli and Al-Jazira are considering to offer the player a contract. 06/15/15 – 0050 Wood and Stuttgart have agreed terms Bild writes tonight that VfB Stuttgart and US international Bobby Wood have agreed upon a contract. Several teams were showing interest in the 22-year-old striker, among them Darmstadt and Ingolstadt, but now it seems that the Swabians have managed to get the player to join them. Bild writes that 1860 München are going to receive a transfer fee of 1.2 million Euros.

06/15/15 – 0045 CET Transfer rumour: Hannover 96 keen to sign Halstenberger FC St. Pauli’s left Marcel Halstenberger might be on his way back to his former club. The Laatzen native used to play for Hannover’s youth teams and their second team before joining Borussia Dortmund II and St. Pauli. Last season the left back played 20 matches for St. Pauli making a rather good impression. Hannover’s sporting director Dirk Duffner confirms that the Reds have been watching him. Bild writes that St. Pauli would be willing to part with Halstenberger for 1 million Euros, however, Hannover aren’t willing to pay that much for their former player. If the transfer is going to happen stands to be seen. 06/14/15 – 2217 CET The new HSV kit is here Not an awful lot going on right now, however, we just found out that the forgers in Turkey already have managed to produce copies of the new HSV kit. Right back Dennis Diekmeier proved that point on his instagram profile.

06/14/15 – 1617 CET Darmstadt gets rid of Balogun and König Leon Balogun’s expiring contract is not going to be extended and Ronny König has been told that the club isn’t planning to use his services in the future. 06/14/15 – 1614 CET Transfer: Pepe Reina about to return to Napoli Sky Italia reports that Bayern’s second choice keeper is about to sign a three year deal at Napoli. 06/14/15 – 1445 CET Schuster: Schlaudraff isn’t on our list Yesterday Bild wrote that SV Darmstadt were considering signing Jan Schlaudraff, but today Darmstadt coach Dirk Schuster told the paper that the club aren’t interested at all in securing the 31-year-old’s services. 06/14/15 – 1420 CET Transfer rumour: Bayer fancy going for a Mexican Could Bayer Leverkusen be about to add to their defensive ranks with the acquisition of Mexican Carlos Salcedo? If Fox Sports are to be believed, the 21-year-old central defender (who can also operate at right-back) is high on the Bayer wish-list. The Deportivo Guardalajara player has previous experience in MLS with Salt Lake City and has been capped twice by his country. 06/14/15 – 1405 CET Transfer rumour: Wolfsburg line up Bas Dost replacement Bundesliga runners-up Wolfsburg are already planning their next move should Bas Dost’s rumoured move to Newcastle United materialise. According to AS, the German side have lined-up Atletico Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic to replace the Dutchman. The Croatian striker, an ex-Wolfsburg player, has not enjoyed the best of seasons in La Liga starting rumours of an exit. Mandzukic bagged 53 goals in 110 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg and then Bayern Munich.  This season at the Vicente Calderon he managed 12 goals in 27 matches. Reports from Holland claim contact has been made between new Magpies boss Steve McClaren and Dost.

06/14/15 – 13:55 CET Transfer rumour: Arsenal homing in on Lars Bender Arsenal are looking to reignite their interest in Bayer Leverkusen Lars Bender as the transfer season starts to kick into gear. With it looking increasingly likely that Arsene Wenger will lose out on his top target Morgan Schneiderlin, the Gunners are turning to the Werkself’s 26-year-old. At around €24 he would prove a cheaper alternative to Schneiderlin and would add some midfield steel to the Londoners. Should the move materialise, he would join compatriots Mesut Özil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski at the Emirates Stadium.

06/14/15 – 1323 CET Transfer rumour: Bundesliga clubs gagging for Liverpool’s Borini? Italian paper Gazetto Dello Sport writes that Fabio Borini is set to leave Liverpool during the summer transfer window. Two of the clubs interested in the 24-year-old Italian’s services are Borussia Mönchengladbach and Schalke 04 according to the paper. Right now it seems that Brendan Rodgers is more than willing to get rid of the striker, which could mean that one of these two Bundesliga sides could Borini on the cheap.

06/14/15 – 1318 CET Koc transfer to HSV not going ahead after all? Several media reports have suggested that HSV have agreed terms with Süleyman Koc, but it seems like HSV might have to find another solution despite that. Paderborn manager Michael Born told Sky Sports News HD that the club isn’t willing to sell Koc for as little as 1.5 million Euros. Born went on saying that HSV are no longer interested in the player and that the Red Shorts haven’t made an offer so far. 06/14/15 – 1309 CET Dortmund confirm Bürki deal Borussia Dortmund’s official Twitter account just tweeted about the goalkeeper’s signature:

This move is surely not going to stop the rumours around Roman Weidenfeller’s future at the club, but the keeper himself tried to put an end to them last night, telling the press that he’s going to stay for the duration of his contract.

06/14/15 – 0945 CET

Transfer rumour: Leverkusen to snag Inler?

According to Tuttosport, Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen are looking to sign Gökhan Inler from Italian side Napoli. The defensive midfielder is contracted to the Serie A club until 2016, but that won’t stop the Werkself making a bid.

With Simon Rolfes retiring and the loss of Gonzalo Castro, there is a gap to fill, and the 30-year-old Swiss could well be a solution. It is believed he would cost Leverkusen around €10 million.

06/14/15 – 0930 CET

Transfer rumour: Antonio Rudiger set for West Ham

With the international season drawing to a close with Germany’s 7-0 win over Gibralta, the transfer speculation over some of the Nationalelf is rising. One latest rumour gathering steam is that of VfB Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger.

According to reports in England West Ham are preparing a €20 million bid for the versatile 22-year-old defender, who played in the recent German friendly defeat to the USA.  He was an unused substitute in the 7-0 win over Gibralta.

Fellow Premier League side Newcastle have also been linked in recent days.

06/13/15 – 1813 CET

Transfer rumour: HSV and VfB Stuttgart keen on signing Watford’s Marco Motta

Right now it seems like there are prostitutes on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn that have had fewer sex partners than HSV has players linked to them right now. Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio writes on his blog that both Stuttgart and HSV have taken a closer look at Watford’s right back Marco Motta. The 29-year-old’s contract is expiring and he can leave England on a free transfer.

06/13/15 – 1810 CET

Turkish delight for Poldi?

Last week Galatasary were seemingly no longer interested in the former Köln and Bayern striker. However, today coach Hamza Hamzaoglu told NTV Sport that both Podolski and Olympique Marseille striker André-Pierre Gignac were among the strikers the club are seriously considering to sign. However, Gala has so far not started to negotiate with neither player.

06/13/15 – 1804 CET

Sobiech looking for a new club

Most HSV won’t be surprised by the story Bild is breaking tonight. Lasse Sobiech, who spent last season on loan at cross town rival’s FC St. Pauli, is going to be let go HSV. If the defender is going to stay at the Millerntor is largely depending upon the Buccaneer’s finances and if the player is willing to make less money than at HSV. Sobiech featured in 31 matches for St. Pauli, scoring 4 goals and creating 2 assists.

06/13/15 – 1529 CET

Transfer rumour: Beiersdorfer keen on signing Gregoritsch

The Austrian midfielder has had a great season at Bochum, scoring 7 goals and providing 4 assists this season. The officials at Bochum decided to use their purchase option and paid Hoffenheim 500,000 Euros to secure the 21-year-old’s services on a permanent basis. Now, however, the player might leave the club during the summer transfer window after all. Bild writes that HSV are taking a closer look at Gregoritsch. HSV would have to pay around 2.5 million Euros to convince Bochum to sell the player according to the paper.

06/13/15 – 1519 CET

Transfer rumour: Schlaudraff to join the Lillies?

Hannover confirmed some time ago that Jan Schlaudraff’s expiring contract won’t be extended, which leaves the midfielder free to join a club on a free transfer. The 31-year-old has so far been linked with Bochum, however, Bild writes today that the midfielder might get to play Bundesliga football next season as well. Newly promoted side SV 98 Darmstadt are interested in securing Schlaudraff’s services according to the paper.

06/13/15 – 1422 CET

Transfer rumour: Ginter to join Borussia Mönchengladbach?

Over the last few weeks there have been numerous rumours linking Matthias Ginter to an exit from Dortmund. Both VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach have been mentioned as potential clubs biding for the 21-year-old’s services. Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl confirmed his club’s interest in the defender in an interview with Aachener Zeitung. Eberl went on saying:”He’s showing great interest in joining us.”

Dortmund would allow Ginter to leave if a club would be willing to dish out 10 million Euros as a transfer fee.

06/13/15 – 1415 CET

Heitinga transfer not a done deal, yet

Hertha BSC and the Dutch defender have agreed upon Heitinga being allowed to leave the club from the capital on a free transfer. Heitinga and Ajax sporting director Marc Overmas negotiated a two year deal for the defender which would seen him return to the Dutch capital. However, now it seems that the agreement isn’t going down well in the Ajax board room. Dutch paper De Telegraaf writes the board has told Overmas that the club only is willing to offer Heitinga a one year deal.

06/13/15 – 1405 CET

Allofs plans on keeping Bas Dost

Wolfsburg are in the marked for a new striker, but their current top scorer might not leave the club after all. There have been several transfer rumours linking Dost with an exit, but now Klaus Allofs has told Wolfsburger Zeitung that the striker wants to stay at the club. If Dost is staying, where would that leave Nicklas Bendtner though?

06/13/15 – 1345 CET

Transfer rumour: Caldirola about to leave Werder, Di Santo sorting through his options

Werder’s Thomas Eichin has a busy summer ahead of him. The club wants to sell Eljaro Elia and Ludovic Obraniak. Even the prolific Nils Petersen might be on his way out if the right offer reaches the CEO’s desk. Another player who might be on his way out is Luca Caldirola. After a decent first year at the Weserstadion the defender has fallen out of favour and now US Palermo seem to be interested in signing the player according to Sky Italia.

One player doesn’t want to lose is Franco Di Santo. However, the striker is currently sorting through his offers and he and his agent are going to wait until the Premier League clubs swing into action a little bit later this summer. Even though Eichin wants to extend the striker’s contract, nothing is going to happen for the next few weeks according to Bild.

06/13/15 – 1250 CET

Jogi Löw advises Götze against Bayern exit

Bundestrainer Joachim Löw has backed World Cup winner Mario Götze to succeed at Bayern Munich and has advised him against considering a move away from the Bavarians.

CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was a little vague in denying rumours concerning the 23-year-old earlier this week, but the national team boss believes the Allianz Arena is just the place for the midfielder.

“I don’t see a hero in freefall. At Bayern, you have to reckon that you won’t be a permanent starter,” he explained. “Mario has to try to break through at Bayern. He will do just that because he is an extraordinary player”.

 

06/13/15 – 1225 CET

Transfer rumour: Bobby Wood interests VfB Stuttgart

Reports in Germany suggest that Stuttgart are interested in signing US international Bobby Wood. The 22-year-old is currently contracted to Bundesliga II outfit 1860 Munich until 2016, but has landed on the Swabian’s radar after his match-winning performance against the German national side.

It had been reported earlier that Eintracht Braunschweig and Fortuna Düsseldorf were tracking the young striker, with Kaiserslautern also rumoured to have been knocked back with an enquiry.

 

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Rumour: New sporting director for 1860?

Felix Magath might be on his way to the Bavarian capital. Magath has already a stint at Bayern behind him, but this time he’d be taking over the city’s second biggest club: 1860 München. Magath could inherent Gerhard Poschner’s position as sporting director according to the Munich paper Abendzeitung. However, Jordanian investor Hasan Ismaik seems to be against hiring Magath.

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Transfer rumour: Noveski to join 1860?

Munich paper Abendzeitung writes that the Lions want to sign an experienced defender for their back four. Nikolce Noveski’s contract at Mainz wasn’t extended and the 36-year-old could join the financially burdened club on a free transfer.

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Transfer rumour: Danish dynamite for Hannover?

Hannover paper Neue Presse Hannover writes that the club have taken a closer look at FC Nordsjaelland’s winge Uffe Bech. The U21 international has a contract that expires in 2016 and if FCN want to cash in on their youngster they need to sell him now. Bech can play in all three positions behind the striker and he has had a good season in the Danish Superligaen. The 22-year-old has 2 assists and 10 goals in his 27 games for FCN.

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Transfer rumour: Several clubs interested in Reinhold Yabo

The 22-year-old’s contract at Karlsruher SC is up by the end of the season and several clubs are willing to give Yabo a new home. Hannover 96 are leading the battle for his signature according to Hannoverschen Allgemeine Zeitung. Coach Michael Frontzeck has already talked with Yabo about a possible transfer. But, Yabo’s transfer to Lower Saxony isn’t a forgone conclusion. Both FC Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt are also interested in the player.

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Transfer rumours: Klaus Allofs still looking for a defender

Over the last few days the Wolves have been linked both with Dortmund’s Sokratis and Porto’s Maicon. However, both these players are rather expensive solutions to solving the problem of who should be Hecking’s fourth choice defender. Now though it seems like Allofs has found another way of solving the problem. According to Bild Wolfsburg are taking a closer look at Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia who could leave Italy on a free transfer as his contract expires in two weeks.

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Fortuna want Beister, Koc about to sign for HSV

Maxi Beister has been told by the officials at the Volksparkstadion that his services are no longer needed. The attacker has been linked with a move back to Düsseldorf over the last couple of days. Today Fortuna’s new sporting director Rachid Azzouzi confirmed that the club are keen on signing the player if he could imagine to play in the Bundesliga 2. Beister would probably have to settle for lower wages than at Hamburg.

Süleyman Koc could replace Beister in Bruno Labbadia’s squad. The Paderborn player has already told the officials at HSV that he wants to join the team according to his adviser René Deffke. Now it’s up to Peter Knäbel and Didi Beiersdorfer to negotiate with Padberborn about the transfer fee. Hamburg paper MoPo write that a fee in the area of around 1.5 million Euros would see SC Paderborn agreeing to sell the player.

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Rafael van der Vaart about to sign for Betis

The Dutchman had several offers from clubs in Qatar and even AC Milan was believed to be interested in the 32-year-old’s services. However, van der Vaart’s grandmother lives close to Sevilla and the Dutchman has decided to be closer to his family according to Bild. Betis are going to present their new signing on Monday according to several media reports.

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Rojas loan stay in Switzerland extended

Many Stuttgart fans may have forgotten about the talented New Zealand international their team signed back in 2013. Marco Rojas was believed to be among the players that could make it big in the Bundesliga, but his first two years abroad haven’t gone well so far. 2 matches for Stuttgart’s second team, a botched loan stay at Greuther Fürth haven’t helped his progress. However, this winter he was loaned to Swiss side FC Thun. The Kiwi managed to score 2 goals in 17 matches for the Swiss side and the two clubs have now agreed that he’ll stay another year in Switzerland.

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Contract extension – Hannover 96 keep Andreassen

Leon Andreassen has extended his expiring contract at Hannover 96 by a year. The injury plagued Dane has been at the club since 2009 and he has scored 13 goals in the 80 matches he has played for the team from Lower Saxony. Ahead of Andreassen’s contract extension newly appointed Hannover coach Michael Frontzeck told the local press that he absolutely wanted to keep the 32-year-old at the club.

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DONE DEAL: Mainz sign Niederlechner

What had been largely expected has now become official- Mainz have snapped up striker Florian Niederlechner from 1.FC Heidenheim, although both clubs are keeping quiet as to the fee.

In the past season he bagged 15 goals in his 32 appearances in Bundesliga 2, contributing 10 assists as well.

“It is our philosophy to bring in players with lots of potential in order to develop them into good Bundesliga players. Florian has all the requirements I am sure” commented Mainz manager Christian Heidel.

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Firmino close to Hoffenheim exit

The transfer poker around Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino seems to be reaching its conclusion with the club admitting the player is destined for a move.

The 23-year-old is currently on international duty with Brazil at the Copa America, but club manager Alexander Rosen has admitted Firmino “is on the wish list of the really big clubs”, adding “If clubs come in for him we’re talking about a very high market value.”

Manchester United look the current favourites with a bid between €25 and €30 million expected. According to ESPN Brazil, the 23-year-old is undergoing medical checks in Brazil ahead of a move to Old Trafford.

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RUMOUR- Inter target Ivan Perisic

Wolfsburg’s Croatian attacker Ivan Perisic is on the radar of traditional Italian giants Inter Milan according to reports.

“He is a player that we like, but Wolfsburg are not a club that has to sell” commented Nerazzurri manager Roberto Mancini to Sky Italia.

Perisic is contracted with Wolfsburg until 2017, but it has been intimated that a bid in the region of €15 million could tempt the Bundesliga outfit to the bargaining table.

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Hannover sign right-back Sorg

Hannover 96 have signed defender Oliver Sorg from demoted SC Freiburg.

The Freiburg youth system product moves to Niedersachsen with a contract until June 2019. After 105 appearances for the Breisgauer, he will switch to the HDI Arena to fill one of Michael Frontzeck’s problem positions.

Capped by Germany last year for the first time against Poland, the 25-year-old becomes Hannover’s third summer signing following Philipp Tschauner (St Pauli) and Charlison Benschop (Fortuna Düsseldorf).

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Heintz to Köln, Petersen returns to Werder

Köln have bolstered their defensive options with the capture of U21 international Dominique Heintz from 1FC Kaiserslautern. The 21-year-old centre-back has signed a four-year deal with FCK receiving between €1.5-2 million.

With Kevin Wimmer seemingly on his way out, Brazilian Douglas from Dynamo Moscow is rumoured to another potential defensive signing for the Geisböcke. Heintz is currently in the German U21 squad for the European Championships in Turkey.

Meanwhile Werder Bremen have confirmed that striker Nils Petersen will return to the club following his six month loan spell at SC Freiburg

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RUMOUR- Bayern looking at Griezmann

According to French publication L’Equipe Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are interested in signing Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

The French international is on the Bavarian radar with coach Pep Guardiola keen on the 24-year-old’s versatility in the attacking third. With both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben increasingly injury-plagued, Griezmann could well prove an astute long-term replacement.

In La Liga last season the midfielder scored 22 goals in 37 appearances for Los Colchoneros.

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DONE DEAL: Leverkusen sign Mehmedi

Bayer Leverkusen have signed Admir Mehmedi from relegated SC Freiburg on a four-year deal according to Sky Sports News HD. Bild are reporting a fee of around €6 million and it could well be that the 24-year-old Swiss international is direct replacement for the outgoing Josip Drmic.

“Admir Mehmedi fits our requirements exactly,” said the club’s Sporting Director Rudi Völler. “He is quick, technically strong, is intelligent and especially versatile. He can make our offensive game even more variable.”

Mehmedi scored 20 goals in 75 appearances for Freiburg having signed from Dynamo Kiev in 2013.

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Italian paper Gazetto Dello Sport wrote this morning that Johannes Geis and Lazio had agreed terms. However, the transfer to the Italian capital isn’t happening soon(if it’s going to happen at all). The player’s adviser Björn Bezemer told kicker that Geis is going to focus on the upcoming U21 Euros with the German national team and that he’ll make a decision regarding his future after the tournament. Bezemer went on saying that the reports about him and the player visiting Rome are false.

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We are kicking off our transfer ticker with two spectacular transfers:

Borussia Mönchengladbach have dished out 10 million Euros to Josip Drmic from Bayer Leverkusen according to Express. The Swiss international started only 7 games for Die Werkself this season(subbed on 19 times) and scored 6 goals. To replace Drmic in their squad Leverkusen have signed SC Freiburg’s Admir Mehmedi for a transfer fee of 5.5 million Euros according to the same paper. He has signed a deal until the end of the 2018/19 season.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-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.