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Bundesliga Transfer Roundup: Lukebakio close to Hertha, Rhein news, Duo want Smith-Rowe

Yesterday’s Bundesliga transfer roundup consisted of Everton’s interest in Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Bayer Leverkusen’s signature of Nadiem Amiri and the extension of Florian Kohfeldt’s contract at Werder Bremen. Today’s edition is comprised of Dodi Lukebakio’s impending move to Hertha Berlin, Chelsea’s pursuit of Bayern Munich youngster Torben Rhein and a duo’s desire to take Emile Smith-Rowe back to the Bundesliga.

Hertha close to Lukebakio

Report: As per L’Equipe, Hertha Berlin have made an offer of €20m (£18.2m) for Watford’s Dodi Lukebakio, which is said to be enough to satisfy the London outfit. The 21-year-old will sign a five-year contract with the German side and will have his medical on Thursday.

Verdict: L’Equipe added in their piece that Hertha moved ahead of Lille, who are competing in the Champions League next season, to get to Lukebakio. This shows the financial power that new investor Lars Windhorst can wield. The forward already spent last season on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf and impressed – during the first half of the campaign, anyway. Before the winter break, the Belgium U21 international scored 11 goals, but he only added three more from January onwards. He clearly needs to be more consistent to prove he is worth such an abnormally big commitment from Die Alte Dame – if he signs for the reported fee, he would be the club’s most expensive signing ever by €12m (£10.9m) – but he has already proven that he can do it against the biggest sides, having netted a hat-trick against Bayern and a goal against Borussia Dortmund last year.

How likely is the deal? 9/10

Chelsea eye Rhein

Report: According to Sport1, Chelsea are interested in signing Bayern Munich youngster Torben Rhein. The Blues are said to have offered the 16-year-old a contract starting from 2020 as they cannot buy players currently due to their transfer ban.

Verdict: Frank Lampard and co are clearly planning ahead by trying to take Rhein to Stamford Bridge. The Germany U16 international moved to Munich from Hertha Berlin two years ago and has impressed in the Bavarian outfit’s U17 team, where he has scored 12 goals in 26 games from midfield. Making the move abroad at such a young age is a big step for any youngster, especially to a club like Chelsea where prodigies regularly fail to make the grade. But the performances of the likes of Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson in the Bundesliga should give other players like Rhein hope that it is possible to succeed outside of their birthplace at this stage in their careers. The transfer of teenagers is far more frequent than it used to be, so this is one worth keeping an eye on.

How likely is the deal? 7/10

Wolfsburg and Bremen want Smith-Rowe

Report: It is understood by The Telegraph that Wolfsburg are hoping to complete the season-long loan signing of Arsenal’s Emile Smith-Rowe. However, Die Wölfe will face competition from Werder Bremen for his signature.

Verdict: The 19-year-old has already spent time in the Bundesliga, but it did not go his way at RB Leipzig during the second half of last season. Due to abductor and groin injuries, the midfielder was only able to make three appearances for the club, which was not exactly what either Arsenal or Leipzig will have had in mind when they agreed the deal. However, he now looks to have a second chance at getting some vital first-team experience and Wolfsburg should be able to offer that. With the Gunners wanting the England U19 international to get more first-team minutes, a loan move is the best option, but Wolfsburg will have to be wary of Bremen’s pursuit as well.

How likely is the deal? 8/10

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