Loss of sales due to the corona consequences, necessary investments in the team, incidentally a guarantee from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is running: 1. FC Köln is very dependent on player sales this summer in order to be financially stable again. The focus is on three players with whom around 35 million euros could be raised.
Three game days before the end of the season, 1. FC Köln are still fighting to stay in the Bundesliga. The outcome is uncertain. From direct descent to relegation to the saving bank, everything is conceivable and possible. But one thing is certain: the club must recover financially, no matter how this season ends.
The club will not be able to afford any major purchases in the summer, but at the same time it will have to invest in the squad. While one is already dependent on a guarantee from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia of 20 million euros, the focus will be on player sales in particular. According to picture Effzeh is planning to earn around 35 million euros with three players – which would be of great importance.
A sales candidate is said to be Ellyes Skhiri. He could leave Cologne after just two years after coming from Montpellier in the summer of 2019.
The 25-year-old is a very important regular player, but one of the few players who could bring in a decent transfer fee. The picture speaks of interest from Atalanta Bergamo, Sevilla FC, Olympique Lyon and Chelsea FC.
A transfer fee could therefore amount to around ten million euros, his contract is dated until 2023.
The young central defender Sebastiaan Bornauw should also be available for sale if there is a suitable amount. Internally, his value should be estimated at around 15 million euros, he is probably the most valuable player on the team.
Since his contract is valid until 2024, Cologne would on the one hand not be under acute pressure to sell, but at the same time in a position to negotiate relatively calmly about a potential transfer – even though the need for action is great.
There should also be enough interested parties for the Belgian.
It was not until the beginning of October that the Cologne team was able to extend the contract with U21 national player Ismail Jakobs and give him a term until 2024. But that could speak for an increased intake rather than a longer stay.
Its development should be observed by many football officials. The picture estimates a possible transfer fee at around ten million euros. According to the information, he should also have a release clause of 13 million euros in his contract, for which he could go.