Cup winners RB Leipzig have seemingly outpaced their rivals Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern in the race for national player David Raum from TSG Hoffenheim and is about to sign the 24-year-old. But the deal isn’t quite through yet. Because: There is still haggling over the amount of the fee. Is there hope for BVB or the German record champions?
As several media reported unanimously on Friday, David Raum is about to move to RB Leipzig – a quite surprising development, as the left-back had been traded primarily with runners-up BVB in the past few weeks.
Borussia’s problem: Raphael Guerreiro and Nico Schulz still occupy the squad positions at the back left. Until one of the two is sold, there is no room for David Raum. In any case, BVB is currently primarily concerned with giving up players that are no longer needed in order to generate new income.
In addition, the transfer fee is a problem, even though different sums are circulating. According to “Sky”, 1899 Hoffenheim wants between 30 and 35 million euros for space. If the “kicker” has its way, TSG’s demand is even close to 40 million euros. Because: The exit clause of 30 million euros, which is anchored in Raum’s working paper, which is valid until 2026, will not take effect until next summer.
No swap deal between FC Bayern and Hoffenheim
“Bild” now reports, however, that Hoffenheim is quite willing to talk. Cup winner RB Leipzig, who now holds the best cards in poker, wants to reduce the transfer fee to under 30 million euros. Negotiations between the two clubs are ongoing, according to “Sport1” the change should be finalized promptly, i.e. at the beginning of the week.
According to the “kicker”, the fact that FC Bayern fell behind by the nine-time national player is due to the fact that the planned exchange with Chris Richards could not be completed. Richards was recently loaned to TSG, and Hoffenheim also showed interest in a commitment. However, a deal ultimately did not materialize, according to the trade journal.
The German record champions are also ostensibly trying to sign attacker Mathys Tel (Stade Rennes) and midfielder Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig) anyway. “The transfer window is still open for a while,” quotes “Bild” CEO Oliver Kahn, who does not want to be looked at in the cards.