October 22, 2017

S.O.S! Former BvB Man Kevin Großkreutz Seeks Rescue From Turkey

Turkish delight? Not quite. German midfielder Kevin Großkreutz has all but issued a plea for a Bundesliga club to come and get him in the January transfer window as he seeks to put his Turkish nightmare behind him.

The former Borussia Dortmund player you might remember finally cut his ties with the Schwarzgelben (the club he had joined as a 14-year-old) and took up the option to leave the Signal Iduna Park for pastures new. With his chances looking to be limited with new trainer Thomas Tuchel taking over from Jürgen Klopp, and a fresh challenge needed, the 27-year-old joined Turkish giants Galatasaray at the end of the summer transfer window linking up with fellow German Lukas Podolski. Prinz Poldi, the former Bayern and 1.FC Köln star, has found success at the Istanbul club, scoring seven goals in 14 matches.

The trouble was the paperwork covering the deal was not submitted on time as well as missing a signature so FIFA refused to sanction the deal leaving the player in complete limbo and unable to play for six months. As such Großkreutz has yet to make a single appearance for the Yellow-Reds.

Now it seems the past few months have taken their toll on Großkreutz with home-sickness contributing to his decision to plead with the Istanbul club to let him leave in the forthcoming transfer window and return to Germany. Back in Dortmund he lived very close to his family (parents and younger brother) and cutting those close Ruhr ties has proved hard. Not playing has made things harder, and in the time he has had on his hands, he has travelled back regularly.

The World Cup winner (albeit a non-playing squad member) may wish to return to the Bundesliga, but just who would be prepared/ willing to take him on? At 27 he has some productive years ahead of him, but financially he’d have to lower his demands to persuade a current top flight side to take the gamble on him. Reportedly on €1,616,667 per season at Galatasaray plus a €20,000 per match bonus, Großkreutz won’t want to price himself out of the market.

1.FC Köln have been one side linked with the attacking midfielder, but Geisbock manager Jörg Schmatke has claimed that any such move is not on the table. Bayer Leverkusen have also been linked, but there has been little to suggest it is anything more than speculation.  A Bleacher Report article links Großkreutz to rumors of a move to Liverpool, reuniting him with Kloppo in the January transfer window.

So just who will be prepared to rescue Kevin Großkreutz from his Istanbul nightmare? If it were April 1st, I’d suggest Schalke, but it’s not April 1st!

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.