Everton, Leicester City, Watford, Bournemouth, Fulham, Huddersfield are all said to be keen on signing Marvin Plattenhardt from Hertha Berlin, reports Bild.
A transfer is getting closer with ‘signs’ a move is on the way. As soon as one of the Premier League clubs mentioned pays €25m, then the fullback will be allowed to go.
This all reminds us of claims from Bild in early July when they stated: ‘Everton, Huddersfield (with German coach David Wagner), Leicester City, Watford, Bournemouth, and Fulham are chasing Plattenhardt!’
It seems to have been a long chase so far.
Hertha general manager Michael Preetz is quoted as saying: “Marvin has entered another stage with the World Cup and has attracted a lot of attention. If there is a desire for change and it fits all sides, then we will deal with it.”
The 26 year old being called up to Germany’s World Cup squad seems to have convinced Hertha an English club will now pay a big fee. Plattenhardt played 79 minutes for his country against Mexico, and didn’t get on the pitch again.
How Bild end their article is very telling: ‘By the way, at least €25m transfer fee sounds like a lot of money, but is no problem for the financially strong Englishmen. The island’s clubs regularly throw astronomical transfer fees around. On August 9th, the transfer period closes at 23:59 on the island.’
This sound very much like Hertha Berlin thinking they can cash and hoping some English club will help them. Whether Everton, Leicester City, Watford, Bournemouth, Fulham, Huddersfield have simply been plucked from thin air as examples of English clubs isn’t known, but this transfer scenario doesn’t seem a normal one.