ESomething better could hardly have happened to Serdar Dursun. The best Darmstadt goalscorer of the past second division season increased significantly in the second half of the season: With eleven goals, the attacker was the most dangerous professional of the second half of the season in his division. In the overall standings, the 28-year-old scored 16 goals in 34 games, which put him in fourth place and thus a prominent place in the league’s top scorer list. The Darmstadt Torgarant of the past two years – Dursun scored 30 goals in 71 competitive games and also made 13 assists – made himself even more interesting on the striker market for ambitious clubs. Statistically it was the best lap of his professional career.
Born in Hamburg, Dursun is currently the most valuable sporting item among the “lilies”. Not that the SVD would like to get rid of its bargaining chip on the offensive. But according to the rules of the industry, something has to happen to him – one way or another. Dursun’s three-year contract runs until June 30, 2021 inclusive. Now, the southern Hessians basically have two options: Either they extend the contract with the attacker early. Sports director Carsten Wehlmann did not want to comment on whether Dursun had an offer to extend the joint collaboration. Or the “lilies” sell their parade striker for a low seven-figure amount in the current transfer period, which this time runs until October 5th. Having to let Dursun move for free in the summer of next year cannot be in Darmstadt’s economic interest.
In the public eye, Dursun does not force the club to change. But his statements can be seen between the lines that he would have nothing against orienting himself upwards in the prime striker. However, a financially very lucrative offer from China over three years could not appeal to him. According to Dursun, the sporting prospects are more important in his current career situation. That is why the Bundesliga and probably also the Süper Lig in Turkey would be his preferred areas of work. Galatasaray Istanbul and Besiktas Istanbul have already been associated with the robust and two-way striker, whose goal is to take part in the European Championship with Turkey next year. Union Berlin has now been accepted from Germany as a candidate.
Dursun has already announced that he appreciates this club and its special environment, without going into detail. Only that he always met at the old forester’s house, he added with a grin. For Hannover 96, however, Dursun will apparently not go after goals. The Lower Saxony announced that the parties involved could not economically agree on a change. The Darmstadt-based company does not want to give up its top scorer at a bargain price in times of the corona pandemic. The sales price that the SVD envisions in the worst-case scenario is said to be between one and two million euros.
If the attacker were to leave the “lilies” in the coming weeks, they would try to get an equivalent replacement on the transfer market. The commitment of Mainz attacker Aaron Seydel, who scored once in the 5-1 test match win against the Hessenligaverein Viktoria Griesheim, did not take place in anticipation of a possible departure from Dursun. “The boys implemented a lot of things sensibly and created a lot of opportunities,” said the new coach Markus Anfang after the first encounter under his guidance. “I would have liked a few more goals.” The 20-year-old defensive player and still guest player Adrian Stanilewicz, who moved from Bayer Leverkusen to Darmstadt on a free transfer, was also present.
Now, with Nicolai Rapp, an old friend has joined the “lilies” again. The SVD loaned the 23-year-old defender for another season from Union Berlin. That was “always my wish,” he said. “The people in charge worked hard to look after me over the entire period and showed me that they absolutely want me on board for the coming season.” He won’t need a period to get used to his new, old job because: “From the first Day on ”, Rapp“ fully integrated into the team in the preseason and also consistently delivered good performances ”, said Wehlmann, pleased about the return of the defense specialist.