Crystal Palace and Norwich City target Sebastiaan Bornauw has been left out of Cologne’s pre-season training camp but, according to Kicker, Wolfsburg will be his destination rather than the Premier League.
One of Germany’s longest-running transfer sagas is finally about to reach its conclusion.
Belgian international Bornauw has been trying to force his way out of the Cathedral City for a number of weeks now and, after handing in a transfer request, it appears that his wish is going to come true.
But it is common knowledge that Bornauw dreams of playing Champions League football in the lime green of VFL Wolfsburg.
Are Crystal Palace and Norwich missing out on a Bundesliga star?
“We had a conversation. His advisors have registered his wish that he would like to move to Wolfsburg,” Cologne’s interim sporting director Jorg Jakobs said last month.
Die Wolfe saw their opening bid rejected a few weeks ago but have now returned with an offer of around £12.5 million, rising to nearly £15 million with add-ons.
Kicker say that Cologne have accepted that offer, with Bornauw now heading to Saxony before putting pen to paper with a club who finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season, securing a return to the Champions League after half-a-decade from the European elite.
Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Bornauw appears to be over, but the impending arrival of Marc Guehi from Chelsea means all is not lost. Guehi is unlikely to be the only new centre-back arriving at Selhurst Park before the end of the summer, however.
Norwich, meanwhile, are back to square one. The Canaries will miss out on Kristoffer Ajer too, after talks with the Celtic defender broke down.