FC Schalke: He is the number 1 sales candidate

This will be a hot transfer summer for the Royal Blues!

Sports director Rouven Schröder (46) wants to turn a top team in the second division into a solid first division team. Most important mission: keep as many promotion heroes as possible tied to the club. In order for that to succeed and for the squad to be strengthened at certain points, fresh coal is needed.

In “Stammplatz”, the daily football podcast from BILD, Schalke reporter Max Wessing reveals how Schröder intends to put together a powerful team. “There will be no major upheaval like last summer. I expect about five departures and five newcomers.”

But the truth is that Schalke must part with at least one player with a high market value in order to be able to use the money to make the necessary transfers and extensions. The most likely departure is a German U21 international. Wessing: “Malick Thiaw (20) is the number 1 sales candidate at Schalke. It is also very clear on the market that it would be sold.”

According to transfermarkt.de, Thiaw’s market value is 5 million euros.

The Royal Blues would like to keep central defender Ko Itakura (25). The Japanese is currently on loan from Manchester City. The Schalke have a purchase option in the amount of about 6 million euros. A sum that could be raised much more easily at Schalke with a Thiaw sale.

In addition, reporter Max Wessing reveals in the new episode how things should continue with Schalke loan players Armine Harit (24/Marseille) and Ozan Kabak (22/Norwich).

You can hear the whole conversation in the current episode. “Stammplatz” is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify – and everywhere else there are podcasts!

Photo: BILD

Other topics in the new “Stammplatz” episode:

► Borussia Dortmund is working on finalizing the Adeyemi transfer

► There are still no new stars in sight at FC Bayern

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“Stammplatz” is the new daily football podcast from BILD. The BILD football reporters, who are on site at every Bundesliga club every day, give first-hand impressions, insights and background information. From the stadiums, training grounds and changing rooms – straight to the fans’ ears!


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