When you think of the most sought-after stars in the Bundesliga, names like Jude Bellingham (18), Florian Wirtz (19) and Patrik Schick (26) come to mind.
The fight for other players is much harder at the moment. In addition to Dortmund’s superstar Erling Haaland (21), there are many surprising names on the clubs’ shopping lists – such as that of David Raum (24) from Hoffenheim. At least six clubs are trying to do that. SPORT BILD explains which stars are being gambled on the most!
Raum came to TSG from Fürth on a free transfer a year ago. He was considered a perspective player and became the starter of the season. The left-back is likely to move to the Premier League this summer. Luckily for him, he has an opt-out clause. He can leave for a fee of 30 million euros.
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Even Raum, who made his debut in the German national team last September, was surprised that it happened so quickly. According to information from SPORT BILD, five clubs are chasing the dynamic winger, who prepared 13 goals and scored three in his first season in the Bundesliga. Including a top 4 club in the Liverpool category with German coach Jürgen Klopp (54). West Ham are also said to be interested.
Jeremiah St. Juste (25) from Mainz, who is wanted by at least four clubs, is also at the top of the list of the most sought-after players. The central defender is the fastest player in the league (36.63 km/h). His departure in the summer for a fee of ten to twelve million euros is certain. Only the destination is open. At least Mainz should already be in agreement with Portugal’s reigning champions Sporting Lisbon. St. Juste itself hasn’t decided yet. Leicester and West Ham are playing poker from England, and Sevilla FC from Spain.
One thing is clear: the international market is really getting going. The left full-backs such as Raum arouse the greatest interest. Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa (24) is in concrete talks with FC Barcelona despite the acute danger of relegation. That doesn’t go down well with VfB in the precarious situation. The Croatian doesn’t want to miss what may be a unique opportunity to join the Spanish world club. He makes the decision alone – his fee should be fixed at 25 million euros.
The next highly traded left defender is Gladbach’s Ramy Bensebaini (27). Dortmund are close to signing the Algerian, whose contract expires in 2023. Transfer fee: around twelve million euros. Gladbach needs the money for a fresh start. Leverkusen’s Mitchel Bakker (21) will be much more expensive. The Dutchman came from the Sheikh club Paris St-Germain last summer for seven million euros. Now it looks like he’s moving on – new country, new sheikh. Newcastle was already in winter. Bayer called for a transfer fee of over 20 million euros. The transfer failed at the last second. Newcastle signed Matt Targett, 26, on loan from Aston Villa. Contact with Bakker and its management continues. The English want to make a new offer.
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Moussa Diaby (22) is also being courted in England. Leverkusen wants to keep the Frenchman, whose contract runs until 2025. There is no exit clause. But very serious efforts by Arsenal FC. If the London club reaches the Champions League, poker will heat up. Bayer’s pain threshold is 100 million euros. Only: Should Diaby want to force the transfer, Bayer will certainly be ready to talk with an offer of 75 million.
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As with striker Taiwo Awoniyi (24) from Union Berlin. A number of English middle-class clubs such as Leicester, Southampton with ex-Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhüttl (54) and West Ham are trying to get him. Awoniyi was bought by Liverpool for €6.5m last summer after a loan in the 2020/21 season. Returning to England has been “my dream” ever since, said the Nigerian himself. He has scored 13 league goals this season. Awoniyi has a release clause – €20m.
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One of the most sought-after players at the moment is Fürth’s Jamie Leweling (21), who is being chased by six Bundesliga clubs (including Union, Frankfurt and Gladbach). Frankfurt’s Evan Ndicka (22), Cologne’s Salih Özcan (24) and Hoffemheim’s Christoph Baumgartner (22) are very popular internationally – clubs from England, France and Turkey court them with offers worth millions.
With Gladbach’s Jonas Hofmann (29), the decision is imminent: leave or stay. The midfielder’s contract expires in 2023. Sports director Roland Virkus (55) is trying to get an extension. Problem: mediocrity as a perspective. Atlético Madrid, who are also interested in Bayern’s Marcel Sabitzer (28), and Tottenham regularly inquire about Hofmann. If this turns into a concrete offer, the national player is unlikely to be kept.
Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch (26) is on the list like St. Juste at FC Sevilla. Because the Austrian midfielder is free, he can almost choose his club – which is what he intends to do. Grillitsch wants to play in the Champions League. Arsenal and Napoli are also trying to lure him with it.
One of the hottest shares in the Bundesliga this summer is Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku (24). According to his own statement, he also wants to decide after the season where he will play in the future. RB doesn’t want to let him go. Ralf Rangnick (63) nevertheless recommended him to his bosses at Man United. Nkunku’s ex-club PSG is also interested. Transfer fee: 70 million plus x. The offensive player belongs to the second shelf behind Haaland’s superstar category.
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Below are players like Freiburg’s Janik Haberer (28). Still, the interest is there. Among other things, Bochum is trying to get the free midfielder. It is possible that he will replace Milos Pantovic (25) at VfL in the future, whose contract also ends in June. Gladbach wants him.
Cologne’s crowd favorite Anthony Modeste (34) continues to be hunted by Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia. Transfer fee: around five million euros.
Hertha central defender Marton Dardai (20) with a contract until 2025 is on the list with Leipzig, Dortmund, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt and Hoffenheim. The talks are ongoing. He has only been allowed to play four times for Berlin since January, only once longer than a half. Other clubs see more potential in Hertha’s pre-season “Player of the Season” voted by the fans.