While Bayern fans await anxiously confirmation of a potential transfer of Athletic Bilbao’s Javier Martinez to München, other clubs have been making late moves with the season kick off a week away. Eintracht Frankfurt have picked up two players for their first season back in the Bundesliga, signing defender Carlos Zambrano and attacker Dorge Kouemaha, while St. Pauli have obtained a Hannover defender and Polish international Slawomir Peszko heads to England from Köln.
Martinez to Bayern ?
Javi Martinez has been a Bayern’s sights since the beginning of the summer transfer window, but there is conflicting information about where a deal for the Spanish international lies. Martinez’ agent, Antonio Sanz, told reporters that
The clubs are not negotiating, as Bilbao is not willing to negotiate. I do not believe Bayern have put € 40 million on the table. Javi Martinez will play for Athletic Bilbao next season
Bild reported Wednesday that the clubs had agreed to a 40 million euro transfer for Martinez, the highest in Bundesliga history, while Jupp Heynkes stated that a deal was pending but not complete. New Bayern Sporting Director Matthias Sammer commented on Martinez
His stature and charisma alone make him a character at the centre of play. He has enormous strategic skills, great passing abilities, he is physically tough, and has a powerful heading ability
The Bavarians have already spent 29.8 million euros this summer, second only to the 31.2 million spent by Borussia Mönchengladbach. League holders Borussia Dortmund are third in Bundesliga summer spending, having let go of 26.5 million euros out of their coffers. Martinez already has over 200 league appearances for Bilbao, and has earned eight caps for the mighty Spanish national team.
Zambrano and Kouemaha to Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt made two moves to try to strengthen their team for the upcoming season. Carlos Zambrano, 23, was signed to a three -year deal from Schalke, although Zambrano had been on loan with St. Pauli The 6’1″ Peruvian defender joined the Royal Blues in 2006, and has played 16 matches in league play for the senior side along with another 20 matches while at St. Pauli. He has also earned 15 caps for Peru’s national team.
Frankfurt Coach Armin Veh on Zambrano
Aggressive tackles plus development potential – he has the makings of a good league player
Kouemaha joins Frankfurt on a one-year loan deal from Club Brugge. The 6’4″ Cameroonian is familiar with German football, having played for MSV Duisburg in 2008-2009 (15 goals in 34 matches) and on loan with 1. FC Kaiserslautern during the second half of last season, playing in 17 matches while scoring twice. The 29 year-old striker also played in Hungary and Greece before joining Club Brugge in 2009.
Eintracht Sporting Director Bruno Hübner, while recognizing that Kouemaha hasn’t been the goal-scorer the last two years that he was earlier in his career, expects Kouemaha to fulfill a the role of second or third striker, and pointed to Kouemaha’s impreccable character as a positive addition to the club.
Hannover’s Avevor to St. Pauli
Christopher Avevor, the 20 year-old from Kiel, is headed to St. Pauli on a year-loan from Hannover. The center back has played six senior matches for the 96ers and has featured in 22 matches with the reserve side, and was with hometown side Holstein Kiel prior to singing with Hannover.
I am delighted to move to FC St. Pauli . having played many times before at the Millerntor. It is an ambitious club in the 2nd League. I would like to take the next step and develop myself as a player
Peszko to Wolverhampton
FC Köln have loan Polish international Slawomir Peszko to English side Wolverhampton. The 5’8″ midfielder played in 41 league matches for the Billy Goats since arriving in the January, 2011 transfer window, scoring two goals. Peszko, 27, played for Wisla Plock and Lech Poznan before arriving in Köln. Wolves will be looking to return to the Premier League after being relegated to the Football Championship after last season.
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