Bundesliga team wants the Swiss
Antwerp is now negotiating Frey’s lightning exit
Antwerp will not let Michael Frey, who is willing to emigrate, go under any circumstances? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that. Negotiations have long been going on behind the scenes. But there is still no agreement.
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Striker Michael Frey is desperate to leave Antwerp: there are now more and more signs of his immediate departure.
Matthew Dubachreporter sports
More and more everything indicates that Michael Frey (28) was right when he broke out in frustration on Wednesday (“That was Frey’s last game for Antwerp!”). Because since then, the Joker has only completed individual training sessions with his Belgian club against his will. On Sunday, coach Mark van Bommel deleted him from the squad in the top fight against Saint-Gilloise, which he lost.
However, the Dutch star coach is sticking to his plan that he definitely wants to keep a striker with Frey’s qualities and that everything will calm down. “A new week begins on Monday,” van Bommel told the Belgian media on Sunday after the game.
In fact, Frey is back in normal team training on Monday. It remains doubtful whether he will be back in the squad in the next round of the championship against Oostende on Wednesday and possibly wear the Antwerp dress again.
Schalke need a new striker
Because according to Blick information, negotiations have long been underway about the lightning departure desired by the Swiss from the club, where he was a brilliant top scorer with 24 goals last season.
A Bundesliga club wants to bring Frey to Germany. It should be Schalke at the bottom. Sports director and Solothurn resident Peter Knäbel urgently needs a replacement in the storm after Sebastian Polter (31) ruptured his cruciate ligament.
Frey knows German football from his 2019/20 Nuremberg season in the 2nd Bundesliga. If the escape to Schalke is successful, it would be his second engagement in one of the big leagues after his stint with Ligue 1 representatives Lille.
The Germans and Antwerp have not yet come to an agreement. Frey’s market value (contract until 2024) is around 4 million euros. In addition, the Belgians will only let the Swiss go when a replacement has been found – because with the Bernese and the seeded Holland international Vincent Janssen (28), van Bommel only has two real strikers in the squad.
“It can’t be our goal to only have one striker,” says van Bommel. It is quite possible that the hanging game around Frey is still dragging on, because the clubs still have until the transfer deadline on January 31st.