FC Basel’s Granit Xhaka on Hamburg radar- Bundesliga News
Hamburger SV have recently expressed interest in FC Basel midfielder, Granit Xhaka, in their effort of rebuilding their side for the next season. The attacker is currently under contract until 2015 with the Swiss outfit but an offer of around seven million
euro could inspire Basel to sell their asset.
Xhaka has been in tremendous form this season and has impressed all during the ingoing Champions League campaign. The player hasn’t been short on praise from a host of European clubs and could be a perfect solution to Hamburg problems.
The former Basel and current Hamburg manager, Thorsten Fink, has spoken highly of the midfielder and wants him to test his skills in Germany. Fink opined that the teenager would be a welcome addition to Hamburg ranks, who are currently experiencing a comeback
from a disastrous start to the 2011/12 campaign.
Fink also revealed desire of reuniting with his former player and urged the Red Shorts officials to make an official bid for the impressive youngster. He assured the authorities of Xhaka’s immense talent and ensured some perfect results with the possible
arrival of the versatile midfielder.
Basel officials, on the other hand, were unwilling to sell one of their best players so cheaply. They demanded more than a lucrative offer from the German outfit in order to get hold of the impressive attacker.
The FCB sporting director, George Heitz, admitted of Hamburg’s interest in the midfielder but denied receiving any official bid for the teenager.
While addressing 20 Minuten, Heitz further enthused:
"We know that Fink is interested in him but Basel are yet to receive an offer and we have no intention to sell Xhaka."
Xhaka made way into Basel’s senior side in 2010 and so far has made 30 league appearances, bagging two goals during the process.
The player made his Switzerland debut in 2011 and already has a goal to show from six international caps until now.
Apart from Xhaka, Hamburg are also interested in Bayer Leverkusen’s goalkeeper, Rene Adler, who seems certain to land at Imtech Arena after Bernd Leno’s permanent acquisition by the BayArena officials.