With matchday 1 of the new season done and dusted, we have the strange situation of the German transfer window still being open. Bundesliga club’s have until September 2nd at 18:00 CET to add any more signings to their squad.
Bayern Munich have been busy signing both Philippe Coutinho and Michael Cuisance, but what about everyone else? Here are the biggest rumours doing the rounds as the transfer deadline approaches.
Bas Dost (Sporting Lisbon to Eintracht Frankfurt)
The former Wolfsburg striker looked very close to a move to Frankfurt earlier in the week, only for a last minute problem to put the transfer in doubt. By all accounts the Portuguese club and Eintracht had reached an agreement for the 30-year-old to make an €8 million switch to the Commerzbank Arena, only for a last-minute demand for extra cash by Dost’s agent Gunther Neuhaus to cause the deal to collapse.
Sporting blame Neuhaus, the agent denies it, and the player currently remains at Sporting. Whether an amicable solution can be found remains to be seen, but time is running out. Frankfurt is Dost’s preference having previously turned down offers from Russia, China, Mexico, Turkey and even the UK.
Michael Gregoritsch (FC Augsburg to Borussia Mönchengladbach)
The season didn’t begin well for FC Augsburg and it might be about to take a turn for the worse with the departure of Gregoritsch. Having made his wish to leave clear, the attacker had been thought to be on his way to Werder Bremen. However the Grün-Weißen balked at paying Augsburg’s €15 million asking price, and the move stalled.
Borussia Mönchengladbach though seem willing to match the Fuggerstädter’s valuation and see the player fitting in perfectly in Marco Rose’s midfield set-up. The 25-year-old Austrian international has scored 21 goals in 71 appearances for Augsburg since joining from HSV in 2017.
Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich to Lille OSC)
Bayern’s Portuguese midfielder has made it perfectly clear that he is unhappy with his situation at the club, moaning publicly about a lack of game time and the club’s unwillingness to let him move. A solution may be at hand for Bayern’s want-away ’Sorgenkind’.
Both L’Équipe and Bild are reporting that French side Lille OSC are willing to pay the €30 million Bayern would demand for the player. The €145 million sale of Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal has swelled the bank balance of the Ligue 1 side making Sanches a realistic target. The player made 17 appearances (567 minutes) for Bayern last season, scoring one and providing one assist.
Dejan Lovren (Liverpool to Bayer Leverkusen)
The Werkself’s need for defensive strengthening was made all the more apparent in their 3-2 win over Paderborn last weekend. Reports claim Leverkusen have turned their attention to Croatian World Cup finalist Dejan Lovren as they seek to provide support to Jonathan Tah.
The 30-year-old has fallen behind Joel Matip and Joe Gomez in the pecking order at Anfield and would be open to a move. Earlier talks with Milan and Roma came to nothing. Liverpool would prefer a €15 million permanent transfer, whereas Leverkusen are toying with a €3 million loan deal. Watch this space.
Jean-Kevin Augustin (RB Leipzig to Nice)
With Timo Werner seemingly staying at Leipzig, the path is clear for French striker Augustin to return to his homeland with Nice and die Roten Bullen very close to completing negotiations. As seems the norm this summer, the Ligue 1 club want a loan while RB want a sale in the region of €20 million.
An initial loan with a later compulsion to buy based on performance seems the likely outcome. Should the dealings with Nice not come to fruition, then Kicker are reporting that both Sevilla and Real Betis are keeping tabs on the French U-21 international.
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