Free agent in the summer
With 16 direct goal contributions in 26 League games for SV Werder Bremen, Max Kruse (photo) has been a star this season. The fact that his contract expires at the end of the season has apparently not been hidden from top international clubs. As “Sky Sport Deutschland” reports, both Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan are showing interest in the 31-year-old attacker.
The “Spurs” need a new striker in the summer: Fernando Llorente’s (34) contract expires, and Vincent Janssen (24) is not in the plans for the Premier League. As a result, according to the current situation, the position is only filled by Harry Kane (25). If signed, Kruse would be Tottenham’s first signing since January 2018.
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At Inter, the signing of a new striker is closely related to relations with Mauro Icardi (26). After the Argentine returned to team training, the striker appears to have calmed down, and appear content for the time being. According to TM Area Manager Italy, Jatin Dietl, “However, a departure at the end of the season is still not out of the question. With Inter already having a young talented player for the striker position with Lautaro Martínez (21), you would very likely look for a low-cost experienced professional as a possible Icardi replacement.” A requirement profile that Kruse meets.
Whether the former Germany international actually leaves Werder after the season remains unclear. The striker most recently stressed that he doesn’t want to make up his mind until the end of the season. “I’ve always said that I don’t deal with my situation until we can see how we’re going next year,” said Kruse. As a big argument – but not a condition – for an extension, would be qualification for international competitions.
“I aspire to play in the European Cup again next season,” Kruse insisted. Bremen is currently three spots away in the table from international qualification. In addition, the club has a chance to participate in the Europa League via the DFB Cup. Their opponents in the quarterfinals is FC Schalke 04, whom they will play in the beginning of April. According to “Bild,” The royal blue showed interest in Kruse’s services in the winter, and had been willing to pay up to 5 million euros. “Neither Max nor Schalke approached me,” commented the Werder managing director Frank Baumann.