The fact that Yunus Malli and Jeffrey Bruma did not even start the Europa League trip this week was not because they no longer play a role at VfL Wolfsburg. Both were – like youngster John Yeboah – loaned out in the previous second half of the season and therefore not eligible to play in the round of 16 against Shakhtar Donetsk. But that Malli and Bruma can leave the Bundesliga team still applies. But: There is no buyer in sight.
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Because the transfer market is only slowly moving this Corona summer. “Apart from rumors, nothing happens”says VfL manager Jörg Schmadtke with a smile. Some of these rumors – for example that Fiorentina should have Josip Brekalo on their shopping list – seem a bit more substantial, others – such as supposed interest in Joao Victor from Greece – a bit vague. In all cases, however, says Schmadtke: “We have no serious inquiries on the table.”
However: In contrast to previous transfer periods, VfL does not necessarily have to give up players before they can sign new ones. Schmadtke: “It can run in parallel, there is still some air in the squad.” And so, for example, the interest in Linton Maina remains – if one ever agrees on a transfer with Hannover 96. In addition, at least one more offensive force should come, possibly as a complement to Wout Weghorst in a two-striker system. Felix Klaus is one of the players that VfL would let go.
The fact that second division Hannover announced yesterday the loan of attacking man Kingsley Schindler from 1. FC Cologne did not necessarily create new dynamics in Maina. Because the general willingness of 96th of the VfL candidates to give up was there beforehand. The problem remains that the Wolfsburg-based company wants to pay less than 4 million euros, but Hannover wants (well) over 4 million euros. Or as Schmadtke puts it: “No new stand.”