It’s been a busy Friday morning for Bundesliga clubs trying to make the most of the last few days of the transfer window. The biggest news so far is the transfer of Kevin-Prince Boateng to die Königsblauen from AC Milan. The fee is believed to be around 12m€ for the former Hertha Berlin and Tottenham attacking midfielder and it’s Schalke’s second piece of transfer business in as many days after the loan signing of Dennis Aogo from HSV.
Boateng, a Ghanaian international but born in Germany, started his career at his hometown club Hertha Berlin and remained there from 1994 until 2007 before he moved to North London to sign for Tottenham Hotspur. He also had a loan spell in 2009 for Borussia Dortmund, funnily enough Schalke’s bitter rivals, before moving to Portsmouth and AC Milan.
Boateng, whose brother Jérôme plays for Bayern München, will most likely fit in on the left of attacking midfield if Keller goes for a 4-2-3-1 or behind the striker if he plays a 4-3-3 like he did against Hannover last week. Boateng’s skill and eye for goal make him an excellent signing for Schalke that completes their attacking formation. Schalke boss Clemens Tönnies stated in Bild that “we are very happy that the transfer is completed. He is exactly the strengthening we needed and the player we wanted”. Boateng is expected to pass his medical in the next few hours and make the signing official later today.
Other transfer news
Derdiyok back to Leverkusen on loan
Another of the names that had been mentioned in the last few weeks was Hoffenheim’s Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok. Derdiyok today completed a move back to his previous club, Bayer Leverkusen, from who he joined Hoffenheim for 5.5m€ last summer. Derdiyok joins die Werkself on a year’s long loan for a fee believed to be around the 500,000€ mark. Derdiyok didn’t have the impact that was expected from him at Hoffenheim and wasn’t in Markus Gisdol’s plans. He was rumoured to have seriously interested HSV but has decided on a move back to the club where he made his name.
Derdiyok arrival paves way for Arkadiusz Milik loan to FC Augsburg
Derdiyok’s arrival at the BayArena leaves little playing time for Polish youngster Arkadiusz Milik. Milik arrived at Leverkusen last winter from Górnik Zabrze for 2.6m€ but has found competition tough, making only 6 Bundesliga appearances last season, all from the bench and totalling 53 minutes, and scoring no goals. Milik’s impending arrival at Augsburg should give him the experience and playing time that he needs to develop.
HSV and Hertha Berlin in player swap
HSV’s striking shortage seems to be solved with the arrival of Pierre-Michel Lasogga from Hertha Berlin. The fee is none other than the move of Norwegian midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred the other way, a player who wasn’t in Thorsten Fink’s plans this year. Lasogga and Skjelbred will be at their new clubs on a year’s loan each, and whether they have a buying option it is still unknown although the likelihood of that happening is high. Lasogga was behind Adrian Ramos and Sami Allagui in the pecking order this year for Jos Luhukay and he will be looking to resurrect his promising career after a string of injuries.
Stuttgart sign Brazilian defender
The Swabians have strengthened their defence with the arrival of Vilson from São Paulo. The 25-year-old defender has signed for a fee of 225,000€ and arrives to compete for a starting place in central defence of a Stuttgart side who are leaking an average of 2 goals a game.