Arsenal keeper target, Tottenham cult hero and ‘next Ozil’ - All could be sold in Bundesliga firesale

Rene Adler And Podolski

If Hamburg SV are relegated big stars such as Rene Adler, Rafael van der Vaart and Hakan Calhanoglu would have to go.

Hamburg SV may be one of the biggest clubs in Germany - but they are in serious danger of hitting oblivion this campaign.

The German outfit last won the Bundesliga title back in 1983 and were also winners of the European Cup in the same year.

Since then it has been pretty much barren - the odd DFB-Pokal or Ligapokal scattered around along with an Intertoto Cup success or two. But the fact is they have not win a major title since 1987 -putting Arsenal to shame.

And this season things look set to get worse as they flirt with relegation from the Bundesliga.

Hamburg have never suffered relegation from the top flight of German football in their history - so this is certainly something of a big deal.

At the moment they sit on 24 points and 16th in the league table - going through three different managers to get to this point.

They are just three points ahead of Eintracht Braunschweig who are bottom of the table, level on points with Stuttgart in the last automatic relegation place and two points away from SC Freiburg and FC Nurnberg ahead of them in 15th and 14th respectively.

At this moment in time HSV would play in a relegation-promotion play off at the end of the season against SC Paderborn - and given their form this season not many a HSV fan would be confident of success.

The problem is that this downturn in league form could not come at a worse time.

The club are in crippling debt and would certainly need to sell their big names if they were to suffer their first ever relegation.

Bild report that this is the case.

The three names that would have to leave include Arsenal ‘keeper target Rene Adler, Tottenham Hotspur cult hero Rafael van der Vaart and Arsenal and Liverpool target Hakan Calhanoglu - a player dubbed the ‘next Mesut Ozil’.

The relegation battle in Germany this season is close so hopes of an Imtech Arena boot sale will have to wait for now.

Hamburg may be in a perilous position - but they are only five points off of Hannover 96 in 12th position, so safety is in reach.

Personally I hope they stay up. We have seen from the UK what can happen to great teams when the money and top-flight status goes all at once.

Look at Leeds United and Nottingham Forest - still battling for a return to Premier League football year-in-year-out.

However, if results do not improve, and fast - Hamburg could join the club.

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