After Polter failure

    “In the coming days we will analyze what effects Polti’s absence will have on our plans for the rest of the season,” announced Schalke’s sporting director Peter Knäbel last weekend after the diagnosis of striker Sebastian Polter’s serious knee injury. For the offensive of the bottom of the table in the Bundesliga, which had by far the lowest goal tally in the first half of the season, the absence of the veteran is the next low blow – Knäbel now commented in an interview with the “picture“-Newspaper on the current status of the transfer poker around Union Berlin’s Tim Skarke and the planning for the offensive.


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    The Royal Blues’ interest in the 26-year-old right winger Skarke became public at the beginning of December, and from Schalke’s point of view, a possible loan deal including a purchase option is initially planned. Although the player – who only made three short appearances with the “Iron” during the first half of the season due to strong competition, including top scorer Sheraldo Becker (27) – and the Gelsenkirchen team agreed on a change, Union would push it according to “Bild” but still a bolt. Only when a suitable replacement is found are they prepared to hand over Skarke, who was committed from Darmstadt in the summer.








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    Schalke has not yet given up hope of an agreement. “We haven’t finalized the transfer of Tim Skarke, but it’s not entirely in our hands. We keep our eyes and ears open,” says Knäbel. One thing is clear: Regardless of the success of a transfer of the winger, S04 must also improve in the center after Polter’s failure. However, the financial possibilities of the traditional club, which is both sportingly and economically ailing, are limited. “Bigger names will not be expected this time,” coach Thomas Reis announced at the beginning of the week with a view to the market and added: “I am absolutely aware of the difficult general conditions, you will not hear a word of complaint from me. (…) It goes without saying that as a coach I would like to see one or two additional reinforcements in our situation”.


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    “I can’t imagine a game in our arena without a typical ‘nine’. In terms of sport, that’s my preferred variant, and just for the feeling – a real snap, that’s part of it for me,” Knäbel explained in the “Bild” his desire for offensive reinforcement. The only options left for head office are Simon Terodde and Kenan Karaman, who came on a free transfer from Besiktas in the summer but has been goalless in nine appearances to date. At the end of last year, the “squires” were associated with Brighton’s Deniz Undav and Galatasaray’s Haris Seferovic (click here for the Schalke rumor mill).

    With a view to the transfer window, which is open until January 31, Knäbel is confident that he will be able to improve accordingly in the winter: “In my opinion, a second striker can join the team even later than, for example, a defensive player. The more offensive the position, the greater the individuality on the pitch normally is.”

    Mustafi, Kabak & Co.: Schalke’s most valuable newcomers

    20 Jordan Larson | Market value at the time: €8 million

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    Came on a free transfer in 2022/23
    Gallery status: After summer 2022 transfer window

    20 Omar Mascarell | Market value at the time: €8 million

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    Came from Real Madrid in 18/19 for €10m

    20 Kevin Kuranyi | Market value at the time: €8 million

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    Came from VfB Stuttgart in 05/06 for €6.9m

    19 Franco Di Santo | Market value at the time: €8.5 million

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    Came from Werder Bremen in 15/16 for €6m

    17 Fabian Ernst | Market value at the time: €9 million

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    Came from Werder Bremen on a free transfer in 05/06

    17 Raúl | Market value at the time: €9 million

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    Came from Real Madrid on a free transfer in 10/11

    15 Sydney Sam | Market value at the time: €10 million

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    Came 14/15 for €2.5m from Bay. Leverkusen

    15 Yevgen Konoplyanka | Market value at the time: €10 million

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    Came from Sevilla in 17/18 for €12.5m

    14 Johannes Geis | Market value at the time: €11 million

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    Came 15/16 for €10.5m from 1.FSV Mainz 05

    12 Shkodran Mustafi | Market value at the time: €12 million

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    Came from Arsenal on a free transfer in 20/21

    12 Benito Raman | Market value at the time: €12 million

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    Came 19/20 for €10m from Fort Dusseldorf

    10 Jose Manuel Jurado | Market value at the time: €13 million

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    Came from Atlético Madrid in 10/11 for €11m

    10 Klaas Jan Huntelaar | Market value at the time: €13 million

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    Came from AC Milan in 10/11 for €14m

    9 Matija Nastasić | Market value at the time: €14 million

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    Came from Manchester City in 15/16 for €9.5m

    8 Jefferson Farfan | Market value at the time: €14.5 million

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    Came from PSV Eindhoven in 08/09 for €10m

    5 Kevin Prince Boateng | Market value at the time: €15 million

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    Came from AC Milan in 13/14 for €10m

    5 Ozan Kabak | Market value at the time: €15 million

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    Came in 19/20 for €15m from VfB Stuttgart

    5 Sebastian Rudy | Market value at the time: €15 million

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    Came from Bayern Munich in 18/19 for €16m

    2 Mark Uth | Market value at the time: €18 million

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    Came 18/19 free transfer from TSG Hoffenheim

    2 Salif Sané | Market value at the time: €18 million

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    Came in 18/19 for €7m from Hannover 96

    2 Nabil Bentaleb | Market value at the time: €18 million

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    Came from Tottenham in 17/18 for €19m

    1 Breel Embolo | Market value at the time: €20 million

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    Came from FC Basel in 16/17 for €26m

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