Düsseldorf (dpa) – Mario Götze has apparently decided to move abroad. According to matching media reports, the last hero of the 2014 World Cup final without a club is looking for his sporting luck at the top Dutch club PSV Eindhoven around the German coach Roger Schmidt.
Götze is to receive a two-year contract in Eindhoven, reported the “Bild” newspaper and the Dutch Internet portal “Voetbol International” on Tuesday. The 28-year-old was last traded as a new addition to the Bundesliga club Hertha BSC.
The former professional from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund has been practically unemployed since July. BVB had not extended the contract. Götze’s obligation is therefore not tied to the transfer window that has been closed since Monday evening. You can also change to Portugal, Russia or the USA.
BUNDESLIGA BALANCE: Although FC Bayern was very active in the end and also signed the Portuguese talent Tiago Dantas on Tuesday, a sensational transfer has not been included except for Leroy Sané (50 million euros). Not all clubs got their dream players: Callum Hudson-Odoi (FC Chelsea) would have liked to sign Bayern, Leverkusen had expected Milot Rashica. “These weren’t all sustainable top-quality solutions,” said the long-time Bundesliga coach Ralf Rangnick on TV broadcaster Sky.
Less money flowed in Corona times, Champions League participant Borussia Mönchengladbach only afforded two loan players, but pointed out that they had not given up a regular player. Clubs like Werder Bremen had few options: “In the overall context of the pandemic and the economic situation from last year, it was not possible to find a player who would make us better,” said Sport Director Frank Baumann.
WHO’S STILL ON THE MARKET: Players without a contract can be signed up until January 31, 2021. There are some seasoned Bundesliga players like Kevin Stöger (27 years old), Mario Mandzukic (34), Fabian Johnson (32), Philipp Bargfrede (31) and Jonathan de Guzman (33). If there are personnel problems, clubs will still look around in this market.
But many players are likely to have problems finding a new club in the Corona crisis. Transfers to some other countries are still possible for a while: Russia (until October 17), Portugal (until October 25) and the USA (until October 29).
WHO MUST / MAY STAY: The most prominent change victim is the Bremen Rashica. The 24-year-old attacking player was already in Leverkusen before the transfer deal failed due to the finances. Werder wanted to sell immediately, Bayer wanted to borrow first. Now the striker is back in Bremen – and has only got one free. “The last few days have not been easy for Milot, there was a lot of back and forth. So we decided to give him the week off so that he can get other thoughts and then focus fully on Werder again”, said coach Florian Kohfeldt. Baumann emphasized: “It was always clear to us: If the price is right, we will give Milot away. If the price is not right, Milot will continue to be a Werder player.”
Some clubs were also unable to take action because not all of the players that they wanted to sell could be brought to the man. Leverkusen forego another left-back because Wendell couldn’t find a buyer. Gladbach would also have liked to have given away three more professionals. But Max Eberl is betting on transfer period II: “It is quite possible that something more will happen in winter,” said Borussia’s sports director of the “Bild” newspaper.
WHAT’S THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET LIKE: The Premier League is the spending king. Even in the Corona period, the volume for transfer fees exceeds the 1.3 billion euro mark on the island. German national players like Kai Havertz (Leverkusen) and Timo Werner (Leipzig), whose transfers cost more than 150 million euros, can easily afford a club like FC Chelsea. For comparison: the entire Bundesliga spent around 265 million. According to the BBC, however, the investment company Carteret Analytics has calculated that investments in all five top European leagues have fallen significantly compared to the five-year average: from minus seven percent in the Premier League to minus 46 percent in the Spanish La Liga.