Hoffenheim coach Andre Breitenreiter and sporting director Alexander Rosen have admitted defender David Raum can leave the club this summer amid interest from Manchester United.
Raum has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the last few weeks after an impressive season with Hoffenheim that saw him break into the German national team.
If they are to get their man, they’ll have to strike a deal with Hoffenheim, who are likely to be reluctant to sell the 22-year-old, particularly as he is tied down to a deal until 2026.
Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United are among the clubs ‘interested’ in a deal, which is likely to cost €30-35m.
They also carry quotes from Breitenreiter and Rosen, who have hinted they will be open to negotiations if the player wants them.
“I would prefer to keep him. At the end of the day, it depends on what the market looks like and what chance the player has,” Rosen said.
“If a top club comes and he gets the opportunity, then, of course, we will sit down with him. In the end, it’s always about an exchange based on trust.”
“It’s not a problem for me,” added Breitenreiter.
“We have already had contact. He should rest now for the time being. But it’s no secret that I prefer to have him with me.
“I am the coach and want to have the best players in my team, but there are also always club interests. For me, that’s not a problem.”