Elias Sakhiri and Sebastian Bornau came from training at 1. FC Cologne.

Elias Sakhiri (right) and Sebastian Bornau on November 26, 2020 in Gisbokheim

After Ismael Jacobs, Sebastian Bornau and Elias Skhiri could also leave 1. FC Cologne. The rumor mill is boiling.

Cologne. Ismael Jacobs (21) brought a move to Monaco 1. FC Cologne’s first multi-million transfer this summer. The next two hot selling nominees are Sebastien Bornau (22) and Elise Skhiri (26).

The latter is expected to return to Geißbockheim this week. After landing against Holstein Kiel, endurance runner Sakhir was still making an international trip with Tunisia’s national team on the programme, so the six were allowed to take longer sabbatical than his football club teammates. No later than at the beginning of the training camp in Donaueschingen (July 16-25), preparation should begin.

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On the other hand, it seems that Sakhiri consultant Vali Ramadan is already busy. As reported by Tunisian newspaper GNet News, the Colony midfielder has been offered to Italian club SSC Napoli – which, incidentally, should also apply to Gladbach’s Denis Zakaria (24).

But according to “Transfermarkt”, the favorite to sign Skhiris should be Premier League team West Ham United. There have already been many rumors about the Tunisian in recent months. Among other things, FC Sevilla and Atalanta Bergamo have to deal with Sakhiri. So far, Geißbockheim did not expect a quick decision. The transfer period is open until August 31.

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KV Oostende wants eight million euros for Arthur Theate

Meanwhile, talks between 1. FC Köln and VfL Wolfsburg over Sebastiaan Bornauw could accelerate again this week. Lately, Bundesliga clubs have been very far apart when it comes to their transfer ideas – Wolves are reluctant to pay a double-digit sum, but FC is demanding €15m for the central defender.

Arthur Theatt plays for KV Oostende.

Arthur Theatt on June 22, 2021 in a KV Oostende jersey in a friendly match against VV Koekelare.

As the successor to the two-time national team player, Arthur Thyatt (21) from KV Oostende, Cologne must have, at least in Belgium reportedly. Like Bornau, he is considered a great talent. According to “Het Nieuwsblad”, FC had to contact Oostende.

The same goes for Italian first division club FC Bologna, which is said to be offering six million euros. According to the report, Ostend is demanding more – that is, eight million euros. So it seems highly questionable how FC should prevail in poker around a 1.91m tall defender. After all, the Cologne team needs a big transfer plus they are looking for free transfer players. (MZE)


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