VfB Stuttgart relies on a young Turk in the relegation battle: center-back Ozan Kabak arrives. And otherwise? Who comes? Who is going? Who are the rumors about change? The most important developments in the transfer market.
01/17/2019: The VfB Stuttgart has the responsibility of central defender Ozan Kabak confirmed. The 18-year-old talent comes from the Turkish champion Galatasaray Istanbul to the table third last. After the medical check the 1.86-meter professional signed a contract until June 30, 2024, said the VfB on Thursday. According to media reports Kabak should be with a fee of eleven to twelve million euros, the most expensive transfer in VfB club history.
For Galatasaray Kabak played 17 competitive games this season, 13 of them in the Turkish SüperLig and four in the Champions League. He is after the loaners Alexander Esswein (Hertha BSC) and Steven Zuber (1899 Hoffenheim), the third Stuttgart newcomer in the winter break. Against Mainz 05 VfB starts on Saturday in the Bundesliga second half.
14.01.2019: Borussia Dortmund has defender Leonardo Balerdi Committed. As the Bundesliga leader announced, signed the professional of Boca Juniors “a very long-term contract.” According to reports, the fee for the 19-year-old Argentine is around 15 million euros plus possible bonus payments. “The commitment is a perspective transfer that was originally planned for the coming summer,” said sporting director Michael Zorc. “Leonardo is an intelligent center-back, strong in the fight for defense and a good header, and he has a good build-up and passing play.” – By purchasing the BVB reacted to the hip injury of defensive director Manuel Akanji. Contrary to initial fears, however, the 23-year-old Swiss does not need surgery in the opinion of the treating physicians.
13.01.2019: Fortuna Dusseldorf has committed as expected goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny of Werder Bremen. The 39-year-old former Czech national player signed a contract with the promoted to the end of the season and already celebrated on Sunday at the Telekom Cup in the match for third place against his former club Hertha BSC his debut for the Rhinelander. Other exchange modalities were not known.
Due to the turbulence surrounding the contract extension of coach Friedhelm Funkel Fortuna had apparently forgotten to officially confirm the transfer. Funkel had wished for a third goalkeeper because of the vulnerability of his two keeper Michael Rensing, who could not convince one hundred percent as number one in the first round, and Raphael Wolf.
09.01.2019: The FC Bayern committed as expected World Champion Benjamin Pavard from VfB Stuttgart. As the Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic announced on Wednesday in the training camp in Doha, the 22-year-old Frenchman signed a valid summer contract over five years. “This is a young player who is world champion, we are very happy and proud,” Salihamidzic said of the defender. Pavard can leave Stuttgart thanks to an opt-out clause for a transfer fee of 35 million euros. View image on Twitter
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06.01.2019: I taliens international Vincenzo Grifo from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will be loaned to SC Freiburg until the end of the season. The attacking midfielder was under coach Julian Nagelsmann at the TSG did not go beyond the role of substitute and was often not in the squad. Grifo still has a contract with the Hoffenheimers until June 30, 2022. “For me it’s about being on the pitch and it was my wish to come back to Freiburg,” the professional said in a statement from the SC. In this Erstliga season played only three times from the beginning, after he had come in the summer for a transfer of about five million euros from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Hoffenheim. Grifo was already in contract from 2015 to 2017 in Freiburg.
The 25-year-old had surprisingly made his debut in the Italian national team in November. Grifo was also in Hannover 96 as winter reinforcement in conversation. “We are pleased that Vincenzo Grifo, despite numerous options, has clearly decided to join us,” said SC board member Jochen Saier. “We know his qualities, he knows our environment – so he will not need a long start-up phase.”
03.01.2019: After sitting in the first half of the season almost exclusively on the bench, Schalke’s center-back Naldo has drawn the consequences: He changes to AS Monaco with immediate effectin the French Ligue 1. The 36-year-old receives the current table second to last contract until June 30, 2020. There were no details of the transfer modalities of the two clubs. “The approval of this transfer has not been easy for us, because Naldo had a large share of the successes of FC Schalke 04, especially in those last season,” said Schalkes sporting director Christian Heidel in a statement from the club. “Because of these merits, we have responded to his desire to change again in his active career.”
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In Monaco Naldo now trains under the French ex-World and European champion Thierry Henry and plays alongside another ex-Bundesliga player: Benjamin Henrichs, who went from Bayer Leverkusen to Monaco in the summer.
02.01.2019: Christian Pulisic changes for 64 million euros from Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea in the Premier League – the Blues lend the US but directly to the summer again to the BVB. In Dortmund, they were blatantly happy about the mega-deal, with which they opened the recently started transfer phase spectacular. After all, Pulisic did not want to renew its contract, which runs until 2020. “Against this background, we have decided to accept – in view of the short remaining contractual period – extremely lucrative offer of Chelsea now,” said BVB sporting director Michael Zorc on the most expensive winter transfer in Bundesliga history.
30.12.2018: Relegation candidate Hannover 96 has committed its first two winter entrants to fight for relegation. Center-back Kevin Akpoguma (23) from league rivals TSG Hoffenheim and attacking player Nicolai Müller (31) from DFB Cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt will each move on loan to 96 at the end of the season.
“Kevin brings a lot of speed, he has a strong fight and has a good header game, so he fits perfectly into our requirements profile,” said manager Horst Heldt. Akpoguma went through from the U16 to all junior national teams of the German Football Association (DFB). With the U19 he became European champion in 2014.
“Nicolai can be used variably on almost all attack positions and has consistently proven over the years that he can score goals in the Bundesliga,” said Heldt on the second win of the season. Right winger Müller was only last summer after the historic Bundesliga relegation with the Hamburger SV to Eintracht changed, in which he also went through several youth teams. In the Hesse he came this season only on three starting eleven sets.
27.12.2018: The return of midfielder Sebastian Rode to DFB Cup winner Eintracht Frankfurt is perfect. The 28-year-old moves on loan from Borussia Dortmund to Frankfurt. Already between 2010 and 2014 Rode ran for Eintracht. After his first time at Eintracht Rode moved to the record champions Bayern Munich and moved in 2016 to Dortmund.
“We are confident that the quality of the squad will be further enhanced with Sebastian, an absolute team player, who has gained a lot of experience at Bayern and Dortmund over the past four seasons and will now benefit us,” said Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic: “Sebastian is a very good fit for our team, and we’ve been scrutinizing him over the last few weeks and months, and we’ve found that he has completely overcome his injury.”
At BVB Rode, who has been thrown back in the course of his career again and again of injuries, recently sporty no longer matter and is still in this season without compulsory play use. His contract with the black and yellow is still valid until 2020.