Hoffenheim's Alexander Rosen has suggested there will be no further winter transfer activity at the club.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with moves for £12 million rated German star Kevin Volland this month but they may struggle to get their hands on the 21-year-old winger in January.
Hoffenheim development performance centre manager Alexander Rosen has given a very clear insight into the current transfer thinking at the Bundesliga club and he’s told Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung there won’t be any winter transfers.
“As things stand – it’s a clear no – things at Hoffenheim have become sharper, but the development is not finished yet,” he told RNZ when quizzed about the potential of further winter transfers.
The problem the Premier League giants have is that it’s logical for a side to only let one of their better younger talents leave, when they have been able to bring in a solid replacement.
Last summer’s transfer window, especially deadline day, saw several deals on the table which were all dependant on clubs being able to sign players before they would let a star in a key position leave.
This is no different and another problem is how influential Volland has been in the first team at Hoffenheim so far this season; 16 games, seven goals and four assists so far in league football.
It would be different with an unproven youngster just on the fringes of the first team but Volland is very much a fixture in the current Hoffenheim side.
Hoffenheim’s thinking to close ranks and not do much business throughout the winter is actually a very clever tactic.
The 21-year-old’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2017 so the German side are under no pressure to do a quick sale when the winter transfer window opens because he’s not going to leave next summer for free.
By closing ranks, Hoffenheim delay the issue until next year which gives Volland the chance to develop into an even better player and improve his statistics in the current season even further.
If he ends the season with 15 goals and ten assists from Bundesliga football then Hoffenheim could realistically demand a much higher fee than the £12 million figure currently floating around in several sections of the written and online press.
He’s an undoubtedly talented player so it’s no surprise sides are looking at him but Rosen suggests the club are playing a very shrewd game and they have every right to do so.
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