As soon as the season is over, Eintracht Frankfurt will step on the accelerator when it comes to team planning. Some positions are already well occupied, further additions are imminent. But there are also congestion issues and construction sites.
After the season is before the season: Shortly before the well-deserved holiday for everyone involved, Eintracht Frankfurt set a certain course towards the future at the beginning of the week and rearranged the squad. Some players have been sacked, others have been given new contracts and others are still missing. An inventory.
The position between the entries is already ready. Leading player and final hero Kevin Trapp is in the shape of his life and enters the upcoming season as the crystal clear number one. The only unresolved question: Will Trapp also finish for the DFB team at the World Cup, or is it “only” enough for number two under national coach Hansi Flick? The opinion of Frankfurt fans, which could be clearly heard at the reception in Römer, is clear: “New on the bench.”
This is exactly where either Diant Ramaj or Jens Grahl will be sitting in Eintracht next season. The contract with the young goalkeeper Ramaj was extended on Tuesday to 2027, the future belongs to him. Grahl, whose contract runs until 2024, will keep quiet and be there when needed.
Significantly larger changes in the defense are announced. It is clear that interim defense chief Tuta, who extended his contract shortly before the Europa League final until 2026, will continue to wear the Frankfurt jersey in the future and is set as the central defender. Jerome Onguene, who comes from Salzburg, or Hrvoje Smolcic, who is said to come from Rijeka, could then defend by his side. The change of the 21-year-old Croatian has not yet been officially announced, but the change is probably as safe as the purchase of right-back Aurelio Buta from Antwerp.
“It’s possible,” commented sporting director Markus Krösche about the two upcoming transfers, which will bring more quality and flexibility to Eintracht. The change to a back-fourer planned by coach Oliver Glasner last year would then also be possible. In this case, left-back Christopher Lenz could form the counterpart to Buta. But Ridvan Yilmaz from Besiktas Istanbul is also a good candidate for the job.
However, it is unclear how things will continue with Martin Hinteregger and Evan N’Dicka. On the sidelines of the title celebration, the audience favorite Hinteregger emphasized that he would like to stay in Frankfurt. Should there be an offer for the Austrian, the signs are goodbye. “Sometimes new, young players come, that’s how it is in football,” Hinteregger told hr-sport. N’Dicka, who still has a contract until 2023, is meanwhile on the list of top clubs and can bring the Hessians revenue of over 20 million euros. That he goes on free transfer in the coming year should be avoided at all costs.
Almamy Touré, who proved his worth especially in the Europa League, should stay. Makoto Hasebe is still a year as a backup, and Timothy Chandler is also entering another season. Erik Durm has no perspective, but currently no other club. Danny da Costa moves to Mainz.
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Filip Kostic’s future is and will be exciting. The Serb, who really wanted to go to Lazio Rome and the supposedly bigger football scene last summer, could now also play in the Frankfurt Champions League. Coach Glasner is optimistic that the Sevilla final will not be Kostic’s last match for Eintracht. Since Kostic’s contract only runs for one year, everything is open. Another candidate for change is Daichi Kamada. The Japanese are also only tied to the Hessians until 2023. The motto: extend or bring a fee.
It is certain that Ansgar Knauff will continue to play on the right flank next season. Jesper Lindström still has a long-term commitment, and Sebastian Rode, Kristijan Jakic and Djibril Sow are also set. There is a clause for the Milan loan Jens Petter Hauge, which was not necessarily convincing. Eintracht will buy the Norwegian, who has a transfer fee of over ten million euros. So far, he has not managed to prove that Hauge is really worth it.
Faride Alidou from Hamburger SV is the new signing. But since the 20-year-old has never played in the Bundesliga and has not always been seeded in HSV, he will need time. The future of Ajdin Hrustic is open. Stefan Ilsanker (no new club so far) and Aymen Barkok (Mainz) have already said goodbye.
In midfield, the squad planners still have the most work to do. Much depends on where Kostic and Kamada are located. The extra income from the premier class, which should be invested sparingly, would definitely be best invested in midfield.
Rafael Borré is already firmly rooted in Frankfurt’s history books after just one season, and in the coming season he will be rewarded with the long-awaited support of the top striker. Randal Kolo Muani arrives from Nantes on a free transfer and with worldwide praise. With Sebastian Polter, a real striker is also expected in Frankfurt shortly. It is also clear that the young hopeful Ali Akman is returning to Eintracht after a proper season at Nijmegen and starting a new attempt. It remains to be seen if all this is enough for the Champions League.
Joker and mood cannon Goncalo Paciencia, who has his strengths above all off the field, and Ragnar Ache could leave Eintracht. Sam Lammer’s poor investment has already done that.
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