eintracht or England, Europa League or Premier League? Very likely that West Ham United secures the services of Sébastien Haller. The Eintracht striker has been on the table for decades on the island. And at the beginning of the week, when the Frankfurt football team moved to Quartier am Thunersee in Switzerland as part of its summer training camp in Switzerland, Haller said: “In football, you never know what will happen. There are no offers at the moment. “
A few days later, the situation was quite different. The adviser to the 25-year-old attacker apparently made a breakthrough. Accordingly, the stormy Frenchman could join the London club for a transfer fee of around 40 million euros and a corresponding exit clause – and in return for his appearances in the Premier League with a sumptuous annual salary of six million euros. Money that Eintracht has not been prepared to pay, Sport Board member Fredi Bobic has always emphasized. After all, it was important not to break the salary structure of the Frankfurt professionals. But would not Haller be a case for a significant increase in compensation?
Stay or take the chance?
Adi Hütter has a premonition of what advertising Haller could be like. “If there are and should be offers, the player must finally decide whether he wants to stay with Eintracht Frankfurt or take the chance to go into another league,” said the Eintracht coach. Although Haller was contractually bound until June 30, 2021 to Eintracht, and the club could deny him quite the release. But Hütter knows the mechanisms of the market only too well and knows: If a courted player wants to switch to another club, this will usually be so. “It's the player's decision.”
At the sporting end of the nearly week-long training camp in the Swiss mountains, the Eintracht presented on Friday evening in comparison to the 1: 5 debacle against Young Boys Bern in a much better shape. And Haller was one of the Frankfurt player personalities for which 1800 spectators had come to the Biel Arena. He showed once again his goal scoring when he with a powerful and precise header the Lucerne keeper Marius Müller did not give a chance (17th minute). After Daichi Kamada (8th) and Gonçalo Paciência (71st) scored the goals to beat Idriz Voca (44 ') in a thrilling 3-1 win, Hütter explained why he did not find the change-hearted Haller on the field Bank and thus protected from possible injuries: “I try to make the player one or the other tasty. Sébastien has a clear goal, “said Hütter about the planned leap into the Premier League to England and predicted,” There's still a bit of water flowing down the Main until it's finally fixed. “
The former magic triangle
Luka Jovic is already gone. For a transfer of over 60 million euros, Eintracht succumbed to the advertising of Real Madrid and let the Serbs go. And if Haller, who has come to Frankfurt from FC Utrecht for seven million euros in 2017, is leaving Eintracht, the former magic triangle is increasingly dissolving. Even the third in the league, Ante Rebic, has been associated with other financially strong clubs for weeks. Atlético Madrid seems to have shattered the matter by now. But again and again the name Inter Milan appears. Still, of course, Rebic wears the dress of harmony, with which the Croat has experienced the best times of his club career so far. Presented the 25-year-old brawny attacker against the Young Boys in Lustless mode, so looked Rebics appearance against Lucerne quite different. “He wanted from the beginning,” said Hütter – confirming what everyone had seen in the arena: “He had a move to the goal, he was having fun.” Rebic fooled his opponents by giving them the ball with the sole again and again snatched. And he had his big scene, as he played without a hitch after half an hour with a fine Hack trick in the top. “Maybe Ante has read the newspaper,” Hütter said about his embarrassing performance against Bern: “The criticism was there. But today I had a very different impression of him. “
The impressions of Haller have been constant for months. The smart Frenchman, who also understands German and knows how to communicate perfectly in English in conversations, is a professional through and through. During the training camp, which led the Eintracht not only to Thun, but also for two days in the capital Bern, Haller belonged as usual to the players who completed the entire program precisely, purposefully and reliably. Also due to his 15 goals, which he has achieved in his 29 appearances in the past Bundesliga season, Haller enjoys high reputation. His trainer Hütter is certain: “Many people are interested in what Haller will do,” said the Eintracht coach in Biel. “From a sporting point of view, it would be a great loss for us if Sébastien left us.” A very big loss even, because the signs point to separation.
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