Hasan Salihamidzic is looking for a replacement for Lewandowski.Photo: Getty Images Europe / Alexander Hassenstein
With all the hype caused by a willing Robert Lewandowski move and Erling Haaland to Manchester City, it’s easy to forget that the Bundesliga has plenty of other great strikers.
Stylish NOT FOR SALE – Kalajdži coveted internationally
Leverkusen sports director Simon Rolfes preemptively confirmed a week ago that Czech striker Patrik Schick’s star is not for sale. “Nobody needs to call us because of Patrick,” Rolfes told Bild. Preemptively, not to ask Bayern and Dortmund, who are looking for successors to Lewandowski and Haaland.
This is how Sasha Kalajdic became the Bundesliga striker: According to Kicker, in addition to Benfica Lisbon and Newcastle United, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are said to be interested in signing the 24-year-old.
The striker himself commented on the rumors for the first time regarding the Austrian newspaper “Kronen”. “There is nothing concrete on the table from Bayern or anyone else.”
However, he also clarified that there will be talks with VfB in the coming days. “Hot days are coming, not just because of the weather.”
Matarazzo predicted the importance of Kalajdžić for VfB Stuttgart
Calajdic hasn’t attracted much attention this season until his goal against Cologne at the weekend which helped VfB stay in the game at the last minute.
“He knows he’s the attacker who’s going to shoot us so we can keep our silence.”
Pellegrino Matarazzo, coach of VfB Stuttgart, on Saša Kalajdžić
Due to a shoulder injury, he missed almost the entire first half of the season. After 34 matches, he scored 6 goals and only one assist. Even in his first season in Stuttgart, the 2020 promotion season, he had to sit out most of the season due to a torn cruciate ligament, in the end playing only six games and one goal.
Stuttgart coaches Pellegrino Matarazzo, Sasa Calajdic and Thiago Thomas (from left) celebrate the 2-1 goal in extra time.Photo: dpa/tom wheeler
However, his coach Pellegrino Matarazzo said two months ago: “He knows he’s the striker who’s going to shoot us to keep us awake.” Calajdic’s header made it 1-0 against FC Cologne in the final round.
Accordingly, the Swabians would love to keep the Austrians. According to Kicker, they have already been turned down by a first offer of a contract extension.
Sports director Mislintat has not been affected by Calajdic’s departure
According to “tz” information, Nagelsmann in particular should keep a large part of the kicker in Stuttgart. The first conversation between Bayern Munich coach Salihamidzic and the Kalajdic management will take place this week – among other things at the request of the Bayern coach himself.
However, Kalajdžić is only under contract with VfB until 2023. Stuttgart’s sporting director, Sven Mislintat, is not happy with the idea of dispensing with goalkeeper Kalajdžić next season. Mislintat revealed to “Sky” Sunday, “There was no call from Bayern Munich.” And: “When it comes, I decide if I’m going to lose weight or not.”
VfB Stuttgart is based on positive transfers
However, Mislintat had to admit that VfB Stuttgart is currently relying on a positive transfer balance due to economic bottlenecks. “At the moment, it’s not that we can work with a black zero in the transfer market,” he explained to Sky. Specifically: “Since we started our path, we’ve taken in about €25 million net per year.”
Robert Lewandowski may want to leave Bayern Munich this summer. According to information from the sports magazine “Kicker”, the legend of the scorer informed the presidents of Bayern Munich about this He does not want to extend his contract, which expires in 2023, by a year – unlike Thomas Muller last week.