German tabloid Bild has reported that Jurgen Klopp has been handed a blow in his pursuit of Freiburg star Matthias Ginter.
Ginter, linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester United, is away with the World Cup squad but Freiburg have made it clear to BVB that they’ll have to wait another season before they get the chance to sign the defender.
“Klopp must wait a year to sign Ginter - Ginter wants a BVB move but Freiburg are blocking it – Freiburg boss Fritz Keller is being stubborn ‘Matthias now needs match practice – and he’ll only get it regularly with us,” reports Bild.
Ginter seems determined to stay inside Germany but Arsenal or United are well within their rights to submit offers for him next year alongside Dortmund.
Keller also seems determined to try and avoid the possibility of having to do a deal after the World Cup, preferring to create a firm and clear situation now which allows Ginter to concentrate on developing at Freiburg on his return.
In terms of which Premier League side has the best chance of upsetting the odds and doing a deal ahead of Dortmund, both Arsenal and Manchester United have merits.
Arsene Wenger is extremely experienced in terms of developing younger players and the Gunners have a core of German players who can help by talking to Ginter and ease any concerns he has over moving to a foreign country and league.
Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski are all very experienced Germany players and key members of the World Cup squad that Ginter will listen to this summer.
We won’t get a better idea of Manchester United’s physical transfer policy until after Brazil when Louis van Gaal steps into his Old Trafford office and starts pushing through deals.
Arsenal could get an edge because United need an established or young talent to come into their defence now having just seen Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand both leave the club.
Patching up the back four for a year in the hope of signing Ginter next summer isn’t something LvG will be prepared to do.