Final spurt on the transfer market: boateng to schalke

Final spurt on the transfer market: boateng to schalke

Kevin-prince boateng to schalke 04, eren derdiyok back to bayer leverkusen and even the missing starters hamburger SV and vfb stuttgart are apparently making amends. The transfer market in the fubball bundesliga saw another big move shortly before the end of the transfer period.

Schalke 04, in particular, is investing heavily in its squad thanks to the millions of euros it has earned from its successful entry into the champions league. After the loan of national player dennis aogo from HSV, the schalke club signed another top-class player in the form of boateng from 18-time italian champions AC milan.

"Germany has the best league in the world, where the best players in the world belong. I’m super happy to finally be back home," said boateng at his presentation on friday in gelsenkirchen. The 26-year-old half-brother of bayern star jerome boateng is expected to cost around twelve million euros. Boateng is supposed to strengthen the defense, in the first three games of the season (one point) there were nine goals scored against schalke. And even entry into the champions league turned into a nail-biter against PAOK saloniki.

Boateng was still the celebrated star of milan’s 3-0 win over PSV eindhoven in the playoffs on wednesday, when he contributed two goals. His appearance in the qualifying round has no influence on his eligibility to play in the champions league. For boateng, who has not only had a bad reputation in germany since he kicked michael ballack before the 2010 world cup, this is his third stop in germany after hertha BSC and borussia dortmund. In view of the million-euro annual salaries for aogo and boateng, this means that schalke’s additional income from participation in the konigsklasse of a good 20 million euros has been reinvested.

The return of derdiyok to leverkusen on loan for one year does not take up such a volume, but eliminates a problem at 1899 hoffenheim. The swiss national player was recently shunted off to TSG’s training group 2, along with other well-known players such as tim wiese and tobias weis. Derdiyok had filed a complaint against this. The urgent application for a temporary injunction was rejected by the mannheim-heidelberg labor court for "procedural reasons". However, the lawsuit should be settled on 12. The deal is still to be dealt with in the main proceedings in september.

That has now come to an end. Derdiyok returns to where he had a successful time in the bundesliga. From 2009 to 2012, the swiss player scored 25 goals in 90 bundesliga matches. After that he was transferred to hoffenheim for about five million euros. "Leverkusen is the right club for me to get going again. I have always felt very comfortable here, I know a large part of the team, and we play in the champions league. It’s a great challenge," said derdiyok, who certainly doesn’t want to jeopardize his possible world cup participation with the move. Bayer lends polish player arkadiusz milik to FC augsburg in return. Meanwhile, FSV mainz 05 has strengthened its position by signing bulgarian U-21 international todor nedelew.

A swap deal is to be made between hamburger SV and hertha BSC. Accordingly, the north germans intend to loan their norwegian midfielder per skjelbred for a year to hertha. In return, they also received striker pierre-michel lasogga on loan. Neither club would yet confirm a report to that effect in the "bild" newspaper. HSV in particular was still in need after its false start with only one point from three games, but in view of the empty coffers, only a loan deal is possible. The transfer of brazilian central defender vilson to vfb stuttgart has also not yet been confirmed, even though his former club SE palmeiras from sao paulo has already announced his departure.

On thursday, SC freiburg had also strengthened its squad with the czech vladimir darida from bayern’s champions league opponents viktoria pilsen. The 23-year-old midfielder is expected to cost around four million euros, which is a record transfer for the breisgau club. Werder bremen presses for a FIFA decision on the intended signing of argentinean santiago garcia. The left-back had terminated his contract with italian first division club US palermo, which runs until 2015, because of problems with his own fans.