Two central defenders have already left 1. FC Köln this winter, with Jorge Meré likely to be followed by a third defender in the near future. In the search for a replacement, a hot lead leads to a former Eintracht Frankfurt talent.
1. FC Köln are interested in signing Julian Chabot. According to information from “Bild”, the Rhinelanders have already contacted Sampdoria Genoa, the 23-year-old’s current club. A loan change including purchase option is in the room.
The central defender has played eleven times for the Serie A club this season and will be allowed to leave the port city this winter.
Chabot comes from the youth departments of RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt before making his way to Italy via the Netherlands in 2017. In the central defense, the Domstadters currently have an urgent need for action.
Both Rafael Czichos and Sava-Angel Cestic have recently turned their backs on the Cologne team, and now Jorge Meré will probably follow.
1. FC Köln: Jorge Meré released before the game against FC Bayern
FC coach Steffen Baumgart announced on Sunday that the Spaniard was released before the game against FC Bayern Munich on Saturday.
The 24-year-old has meanwhile traveled to Mexico, where he will complete the medical check with CF America and then sign a long-term contract until 2025.
Baumgart can currently only fall back on two nominal central defenders in Luca Kilian and Timo Hübers and called for immediate reinforcement.
Although the Rhinelanders will save Meré’s salary in the future, the coffers are not bulging with new signings. According to “Image” they should only earn around 720,000 euros per year – a significantly below-average amount by Bundesliga standards.
Difficult starting position at 1. FC Köln
“We’re trying to adjust the salaries. Of course that doesn’t work immediately. But it will be adjusted for the players who are supposed to come and stay,” explained Baumgart, citing the losses due to the corona pandemic as a reason. “We have to make a decision that is good for the club in the long term,” said license player boss Thomas Kessler.
The Cologne team is therefore in a difficult starting position for future transfers and contract talks.
“We have good people who keep making sure that we remain competitive. You can tell that it’s more difficult for us at the moment by the fact that one or the other player has already canceled and is going somewhere else,” said Baumgart.