Crystal Palace and Norwich City target Sebastiaan Bornauw is highly unlikely to sign a contract extension at Koln with the Bundesliga ace weighing up a summer transfer, as reported by the Express.
When quizzed on his future in the Cathedral City last week, the 22-year-old Belgium international didn’t hold back.
“It’s not that I really want to leave,” he said. “But if the opportunity now arises to take a step (forwards), I would be crazy to refuse.”
Whether Crystal Palace or Norwich can be considered a step in the right direction, however, is another matter entirely.
Palace may be an established Premier League club these days but, with Roy Hodgson gone and a string of first-team players heading for the door, the Eagles are entering the unknown.
Norwich, meanwhile, stormed to the Championship title last season – but everybody knows how their most recent top-flight campaign panned out…
Crystal Palace and Norwich battle for Bornauw
So, in the inimitable words of a certain Derek Zoolander, Bornauw has much to ponder.
According to the Express, the talented centre-back may be offered a contract extension and substantial pay rise as Koln look to keep one of their star players at the Rhein Energie Stadium.
Bornauw is likely to spurn their advances, however, with his agent expected to hold crunch talks with club bosses in the near future.
Wolfsburg also interested in Bornauw
However, German giants Wolfsburg are also interested in Bornauw.
And while a move to a Champions League club obviously carries plenty of appeal – Wolfsburg finished third in the Bundesliga last term – the German giants are unwilling to pay more than £10 million for a player valued closer to £18 million.
Interestingly, Bornauw’s agent, Daniel Van Buyten, is a close friend of new Wolfsburg manager Mark van Bommel – they played alongside each other at Bayern Munich for many years.