Bundesliga Transfer Roundup: Everton eye Gbamin, Leverkusen sign Amiri, Kohfeldt extends deal

Yesterday’s Bundesliga transfer roundup focused on the future of Maximilian Philipp, Borussia Dortmund’s eyes on Harry Wilson and Eintracht Frankfurt’s interest in former Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery. Today’s edition discusses Everton’s pursuit of Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Bayer Leverkusen’s signing of Nadiem Amiri and Florian Kohlfeldt’s contract extension at Werder Bremen.

Gbamin eyed by Everton

Report: According to Sky Sports, Everton are in talks with Mainz 05 in regards to the signature of Gbamin. Mainz reportedly value the 23-year-old at £27.5m, with Everton already having had a bid of £23m rejected.

Verdict: Idrissa Gueye’s departure to PSG has made the need for a new defensive midfielder even more urgent. As it stands, Marco Silva will need to make do with Morgan Schneiderlin, who played just 14 Premier League games last season and wasn’t fancied by his manager, Muhamed Besic, who could be out of the door as well this summer amidst interest from Fulham, and recent signing Fabian Delph.

Gbamin is an intriguing option for the Toffees. From a defensive point of view, Gueye had the better season last time out. However, offensively, the Ivory Coast international offered more. He took more shots, completed more dribbles and played more key passes. The former Lens man is still young, as well, meaning that the Goodison Park team can get plenty of good years out of him.

How likely is the deal? 8/10

Amiri joins Leverkusen

Report: Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed the signing of Nadiem Amiri from Hoffenheim. The former Germany U21 international has signed a five-year deal with Die Werkself, who have paid a fee believed to be in the region of €11m for the midfielder.

Verdict: Amiri is the fourth star player to leave Hoffenheim this summer after Nico Schulz, Kerem Demirbay and Joelinton in what has been a very difficult transfer window for the club which has also seen manager Julian Nagelsmann make the switch to RB Leipzig. However, this one won’t hurt quite as much as the other four, mainly because Die Kraichgauer have had to make do without the 22-year-old for a large part of the past season anyway as he missed 20 games through injury. It was his performances at the U21 European Championships that caught the eye in particular when has was was fit. Amiri was Germany’s third-best player, scoring three goals and providing two assists as his team reached the final. The potential is there, but he has big shoes to fill after Julian Brandt made the move to Borussia Dortmund.

How likely is the deal? Completed

Kohfeldt extends contract

Report: Werder Bremen have confirmed that manager Florian Kohfeldt has extended his contract. The 36-year-old will now be with the club until 2023. “Together, we have succeeded in promoting development at Werder and we have left the fans, the city of Bremen and the whole region wanting more. I’m delighted that we are able to continue this journey together,” he said upon putting pen to paper.

Verdict: Whilst the club will be disappointed not to have kept talisman Max Kruse at the club before he eventually joined Fenerbahce, this news more than makes up for it. Kohfeldt has now been with the club for 18 months and has brought a certain amount of stability after five managers in four years, and from a performance point of view, he has worked wonders. Last season, he led Die Werderaner to eighth place, which is the joint-highest position the club have reached since 2010. The way they did it was perhaps the most impressive. They scored in all but one game in all competitions and lost just three times after the turn of the year – two of which were to Bayern. Improvements can still be made, but it is an exciting time to be on the Weser at the moment, and Kohfeldt has been fundamental to that.

How likely is the deal? Completed

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