Waiting on the transfer market

Comments on the financial situation, the transfer market changing and possible departures
Frank Baumann and Klaus Filbry are expecting clubs to behave differently on the transfer market (Photo: nordphoto).
First Team
Friday, 10.07.2020 / 17:45

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the financial implications of having to play games behind closed doors will continue to have an impact on SV Werder Bremen in the coming months. Klaus Filbry, Werder’s CEO, made this clear when analysing the season at Friday’s press conference. “The current situation has cost us around €30 million. All the other clubs are affected by the shortfall as well though. Football will have to adapt to become more sustainable, as there will be less money involved now,” commented Filbry, who is expecting clubs to act differently on the transfer market.

Although the DFL announced the general schedule for the coming season on Friday afternoon, there are still a number of questions surrounding the new campaign – the main one being when fans will be allowed into stadiums again. “We hope that some fans will be allowed back for the start of the new season. We don’t yet know when we will see full grounds again though,” said Klaus Filbry, who stated that the financial struggles will come as a result of the club losing the gate receipts and reduced money from the media.


Baumann: “No player is unsellable”

It looks like Milot Rashica will leave the club (Photo: nordphoto).

Some Werder players will need to be sold to make up for the deficits caused by Covid-19. Sporting director Frank Baumann explained this on Friday: “We will definitely lose one or two key players because this is simply necessary. In our situation, no player is unsellable. Despite that, we don’t want to sell somebody for under their value. We can say no to offers that don’t meet our valuations, as we are not restricted by any clauses.”

One name on that list is Milot Rashica. His departure has been accounted for. “We assume that Milot will not be playing for us next season. A number of clubs are interested in him. Nevertheless, a lot of top clubs have had to stop their transfer activities recently. We will have to see when things start to happen again in the transfer market,” said Baumann, who is also planning for further departures. Alongside Nuri Sahin, whose contract will not be extended, and Claudio Pizarro who has retired, “we have a number of players who are on other club’s shortlists.”

Despite a number of potential departures, Werder’s sporting director is optimistic about the future. A number of changes will provide chances for a new start: “Our aim is to have a young team with quick, athletic and creative players, which will be able to develop.” Patience will definitely be required. “We can’t expect to have our new squad in the next two weeks. We need to find the right moments to make a transfer. We obviously want to bring the players in as soon as possible, but it’s more important that the transfers are good ones,” said Florian Kohfeldt, who is extremely happy to be continuing at the club.

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