As the Bundesliga season winds down, there are a few things that seem very likely. Bayern Munich will win the title for the sixth year in a row, and FC Koln will probably be relegated back to the 2. Bundesliga.
Koln’s fall to the second division means that they will lose quite a few of their best players. One who will certainly be sold is Jonas Hector.
According to Kicker, both Dortmund and Bayern are interested in signing the German international this summer. Here’s a sketchy translation of the report via our friends at Google Translate:
As has been reported recently, Borussia Dortmund shows interest in a commitment of Jonas Hector...But BVB is not the only interested party: After exclusive kicker information, FC Bayern have now contacted the 27-year-old.
Jonas Hector has in his contract with 1. FC Cologne little wonder anchored an exit clause in the event of a descent - and should leave the Rhineland for a fixed transfer fee in the amount of seven to eight million euros.
But that’s not all: Even FC Bayern München extends its feelers for Hector after exclusive kicker information. For example, FCB sports director Hasan Salihamidzic has already contacted the 27-year-old, who would be required to back up David Alaba in the event of an actual commitment. For BVB, Hector certainly has a better chance of action.
Bayern are usually a bigger draw in the transfer market than BVB, but this time might be different. It seems unlikely that Hector would want to backup David Alaba in Munich.
At Dortmund he would unquestionably be the starter at left back. Marcel Schmelzer is past his prime, and just isn’t the same quality of player that Hector is. Raphael Guerreiro is another option for BVB at LB, but he often plays in midfield. He has also had quite a few problems with injuries since joining the club.
Hector is a full back who can get forward without shirking his defensive duties. No matter who Dortmund’s next manager is, Jonas would be a perfect fit for their brand of attacking football.
And €7 or €8 million is a steal for a starter in this market. That’s basically nothing to BVB, especially with all the big transfer fees they have collected in recent years. It’s unfortunate for Koln. They’ll be relegated and be forced to sell Hector for significantly less than he’s worth.
This seems like a no-brainer for Dortmund.