Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt has to make difficult squad decisions these days. Three top performers are inevitably considered candidates for sale. Sports director Markus Krösche wants to avoid a certain scenario as much as possible.
Filip Kostic, Daichi Kamada, Evan Ndicka are in their last year of contract with Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt. There are three options for the trio in view of the future prospects: sale in the summer, extension or a free transfer next year.
However, the latter is out of the question for the SBU, as sports director Markus Krösche made clear in the “kicker”. “Of course, it’s not usually our goal for players to leave the club on a free transfer. We intend to find other solutions and are always in contact with the relevant parties.”
Means: All three could be hired by another club in the next few weeks if a contract extension does not come about. In the case of Filip Kostic, it recently seemed as if a transfer to Juventus Turin was already in the dry. According to the trade journal, the Italians have not yet made an offer for the left winger, who is one of the top performers in Frankfurt.
Success “a very big lever” for Eintracht Frankfurt
Kostic will therefore set off for the Hesse training camp in Austria on Saturday for the time being. The same initially applies to Kamada and Ndicka.
Krösche and the SBU have to look at the financial side of all personal details. “COVID hit us extremely hard. It’s clear that we have to generate income, including transfer income,” said the squad planner.
“On the other hand, the key point is sporting success. If you see the income we’re generating through the Europa League and now the Champions League, that’s a very big lever,” said the 41-year-old: “You can get the biggest income you generate about sporting success, because many other parameters such as the market value increase of players depend on it.”
The commitment of Mario Götze alone showed how much the Europa League victory and the associated qualification for the Champions League helped. The SGE had previously signed a new centre-forward in Randal Kolo Muani, and Leverkusen attacker Lucas Alario was recently added.