Düsseldorf (dpa) – Mario Gotze has apparently decided to move abroad. According to corresponding media reports, the last hero of the 2014 World Cup final without a club is looking for his sporting luck at the Dutch top club PSV Eindhoven around the German coach Roger Schmidt.
Götze gets a two-year contract in Eindhoven, the newspaper “Bild” and the Dutch internet portal “Voetbol International” reported Tuesday. The 28-year-old was last traded as a new addition to Bundesliga club Hertha BSC.
The former Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund pro has been practically unemployed since July. BVB had not renewed the contract. Götze’s obligation is therefore not tied to the transfer window that has been closed since Monday evening. You can also transfer to Portugal, Russia or the US.
BUNDESLIGA BALANZ: Although FC Bayern was very active in the end and also signed the Portuguese talent Tiago Dantas on Tuesday, a sensational transfer is not counted except for Leroy Sané (50 million euros). Not all clubs got their dream players: Callum Hudson-Odoi (FC Chelsea) would have liked to attract Bayern, Leverkusen had expected Milot Rashica. “These weren’t all sustainable first-class solutions,” said Ralf Rangnick, long-time Bundesliga head coach of TV broadcaster Sky.
Less money flowed in Corona times, Champions League competitor Borussia Mönchengladbach only offered two players on loan, but pointed out that they had not given up a regular player. Clubs like Werder Bremen had few options: “In the general context of last year’s pandemic and economic situation, it was not possible to find a player who would make us better,” said sports director Frank Baumann.
WHO IS STILL ON THE MARKET: Players without a contract can be registered 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) or Jonathan de Guzman (33). If there are staffing problems, clubs will still look around in this market.
But many players are likely to have trouble finding a new club in the Corona crisis. Transfers to a number of other countries are still possible for the time being: Russia (until October 17), Portugal (until October 25) and the US (until October 29).
WHO MUST / MAY STAY: The most prominent victim of change is the Bremen Rashica. The 24-year-old offensive player was already in Leverkusen before the financial transfer deal failed. Werder wanted to sell immediately, Bayer wanted to borrow first. Now the striker is back in Bremen – and has only 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 a week off so that he can change his mind and then focus completely on Werder again,” said coach Florian Kohfeldt. Baumann emphasized: “It was always clear to us: if the price is right, we will hand over Milot. If the price is not right, Milot will remain a Werder player.”
Some clubs were also unable to take action because not all the players they wanted to sell could be sold. Leverkusen waives another left back because Wendell couldn’t find a buyer. The Gladbachers would have liked to give away three more professionals. But Max Eberl is betting on transfer period II: “It is very possible that something will happen in the winter,” said Borussia’s sports director of the newspaper “Bild”.
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET LIKE: The Premier League is the king of spending. Even in the Corona period, the volume of transfer fees exceeds the 1.3 billion euros 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. In comparison, the entire Bundesliga spent about 265 million. According to the BBC, investment firm Carteret Analytics has calculated that investment in all five top European leagues has fallen significantly from the five-year average: from minus 7 percent in the Premier League to minus 46 percent in Spain’s La Liga.