Transfer balance in the red

    After seven commitments, of which only Jens Stage (25) came with a fee of 4 million euros, Werder Bremen has imposed a transfer freeze for the time being. Up until the end of the changeover period on September 1, the Bundesliga promoted team is more likely to lose players than bring in more newcomers. “We have not yet achieved the planned transfer surplus and are now exceeding our salary budget. We’re taking a bit of a risk with that,” said Sport Managing Director Frank Baumann.dyke room“.

    It is said that the salary budget should be a maximum of around 30 million euros and a transfer profit of a mid-single-digit million amount should be achieved. The transfer balance of the Hanseatic League currently amounts to EUR -2.15 million, after income could only be generated with the sales of Maik Nawrocki (21) and Jan-Niklas Beste (23). As of now, the balance of eight clubs in the league is in the red. Meanwhile, six other players left Werder on a free transfer or on loan. Further departures are to be expected. The “Deichstube” brings the talents Abdenego Nankishi (20) and Nick Woltemade (20) into play as possible candidates for a loan, but not primarily to save costs, but to give them match practice.

    Even if Werder is not signing any more players for the time being, the club is associated with professionals from all parts of the team in the TM rumor mill. “I know that many fans ask: Why don’t they get another six or an attacking midfielder or striker?” said Baumann. “But everyone just has to be clear that we can’t afford any more players, because even with a free loan, at least a salary is due. Due to our negative equity, we must continue to achieve consistently positive business results over the next few years.”

    Meanwhile, Baumann was satisfied with the current squad, which comprises a total of 30 players. “We are fundamentally convinced that we can keep up the class with our squad, in which all positions are currently filled,” emphasized the 46-year-old before the Bundesliga opener at VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday (3.30 p.m.).

    Filling jug before Arnautovic: The most expensive Werder additions in club history

    11. Eljero Elia (for €5.5m from Juventus)

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    10. Diego (€6m from FC Porto)

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    9. Marko Arnautovic (for €6.2m from Twente Enschede)

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    8. Niclas Füllkrug (for 6.5 million euros from Hannover 96)

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    7. Leonardo Bittencourt (for €7m from TSG Hoffenheim)

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    5. Max Kruse (for 7.5 million euros from VfL Wolfsburg)

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    5. Wesley (€7.5m from Santos)

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    4. Carlos Alberto (€7.8m from Fluminense Rio de Janeiro)

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    3. Milot Rashica (for €8.1m from Vitesse Arnhem)

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    2. Marko Marin (for €8.2m from Borussia M’gladbach)

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    1. Davy Klaassen (for €13.5m from Everton)

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