Mönchengladbach Competition drives team planning, but little happens at Borussia Mönchengladbach. The transfer market has changed in recent years. What that means for Gladbach, which exciting players are already gone and why patience is still the order of the day.
Summer 2014 for Borussia Mönchengladbach started on February 24. On that day, the club announced that Fabian Johnson would be coming from TSG Hoffenheim on a free transfer after the season. On 10 March, it was announced that Gladbach had signed Jan Sommer as the successor to FC Basel’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and that FC Stuttgart’s Ibrahima Traore at FB Stuttgart had set out for the Lower Rhine, representing Johnson on a free transfer. At the time, director Max Eberl set new standards in being one step ahead of the competition. But the summer it once was won’t be there anytime soon in Borussia.
May is coming to a close with no notice of completion in the transfer market. Eberl’s successor, Ronald Ferkus, has signed two signatures so far in the Good 100 Days as sporting director that were significant enough to be recorded on the club’s social media channels: UR Poros Patrick Hermann ran until 2024, and third goalkeeper Moritz Nicholas ran until 2026.
Gladbach hasn’t brought in any players yet, and prophecies of doom are growing from the crowd, but of course no player will come as a tranquilizer. This summer’s signatures must be true, more than ever, and above all, Borussia must be able to afford them. As he explained shortly before his retirement, Eberle literally “cut off his ribs” when he expected to acquire Marvin Friedrich from Union Berlin for €5.5 million in the winter. Only the sale of Denis Zakaria to Juventus was a relief.
As long as the club does not generate any significant revenue, nothing will be possible. The intensity of rumors can be controlled. OGC Nice was said to be interested in Marcus Thuram by L’Equipe, his brother Khybrin contracted to the Wealthy Investors Club. After reports of talks with Olympique Lyonnais and Monaco, things have been calm about Brielle Embolo. Rami Bensbini’s move to Borussia Dortmund has become more likely due to the separation from coach Marco Rose. And Alassane Plea – the representative of the potential sales quartet that Borussia wants to keep – currently has none at all.
In the meantime, the market is moving more and more. Transfermarkt.de counts nine transfers for at least 20 million euros so far, with Erling Haaland (for 75 million euros for Manchester City) in the lead. But the group of free players, which is growing from year to year, is equally exciting. In the Bundesliga alone, Nicklas Stark (from Hertha Berlin to Werder Bremen) became the 27th professional to turn free on Saturday. Eintracht Frankfurt got four, Union Berlin got three.
While Gladbach only lists six returnees from loan deals, every team in the Bundesliga has struck at least once. Among the clubs without real new players, Stuttgart have exercised the option to buy Konstantinos Mavropanos and Hiroki Eto’o, while Bayer Leverkusen are on the verge of signing top talent Adam Hluczyk and Mikhailo Modric for more than €30m. Besides Hertha Berlin, Borussia could soon become the only club without reinforcements. The landing participant only had security planning nine days later.
Interesting, relevant and above all professionals have already changed. Taking Union Jamie Leweling from SpVgg Greuther Fürth, costing the U21 international four million euros, Danilho Doekhi comes on a free transfer from Vitesse Arnhem. TSG Hoffenheim acquired the services of Union Grischa Prömel weeks ago, which, like the talent of Finland’s St. Pauli Ole Becker, costs nothing. Bremen signed Amos Bieber of Armenia Bielefeld before Herthas Stark. Mainz 05 used a three million clause on Maxim Leach from a left-footed VFL Bochum defender.
An unusual development lies behind Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal. The local player was recently intent on looking for a new challenge – Borussia was considered a strong contender alongside Crystal Palace. Now the striker has changed his mind and will extend his contract with Arsenal for the long term. But it’s not as dramatic as some read, Gladbach is not far behind. Many exciting professionals are exploring the market, and many competitors also have to generate income before they can buy.
Eintracht Frankfurt is said to be interested in Isak Toure from French second-division club AC Le Havre. The 2.04-meter giant is also included in the survey list put together by “Createfootball” for our editorial team. However, based on the 19-year-old defender’s data, transfer experts still have doubts about whether Toure will be immediately ready for the Bundesliga. The situation is different for Anthony Rouault and Nathan Ngomo, who were promoted with FC Toulouse (former club Manu Kone) and have already been noticed by Borussia.
Since the show’s transition period in 2014, events have been postponed almost every year. Lars Stindel (2015) and Tobias Strobel (2016) were still signing in March 2017, Michael Cousins opened the rant on May 9, 2018, Keenan Bennetts came on May 18. Sports director Ferkus will at best orient himself to the pre-corona summer of 2019: the first transfers were made between mid-June and mid-August. And while it might seem otherwise, Brill Empolo, Marcos Thuram and Rami Bensbini at least weren’t among the signings who depended on new coach Marco Rose. Borussia kept them on their radar for a long time. Perhaps this information relieves some of the tension that is hard to ignore though.
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