Leverkusen (AP) – Bayer Leverkusen will not necessarily attract new players after the sale of 100 million men Kai Havertz.
“It is clear that we are looking around. And I do not rule out that something else will happen. But we are not going to do crazy things,” said sporting director Simon Rolfes. In the quest, he does not want to “commit to one job. And I would not only focus on new things, but also the ones that exist. Maybe the changed structure gives some people the opportunity to progress to a different role.” “
There are “some who came last year who I think will take the next step in development and where we expect it,” said Rolfes. The ex-Hoffenheimers Nadiem Amiri and Kerem Demirbay may feel this addressed. For them and Edmond Tapsoba and Exequiel Palacios, brought in as an advance in the winter, Bayer invested about 60 million more in players than in the preseason. For this season, Leverkusen has only under-21 national goalkeeper Lennart Grill (1. FC Kaiserslautern / two million) and to replace Kevin Volland (15 million), who moved to AS Monaco, Patrik Schick (AS Roma / 26.5 million) taken along.
On the other hand, players like Lucas Alario, Leon Bailey or Aleksandar Dragovic have thoughts about emigration or are in high demand. Again, you can “never rule out anything”, said Rolfes: “We are a club that sometimes has to give up players when there are offers. But I’m very relaxed about that.”