Are Norwich City going to be priced out of the market for St. Pauli striker, Marvin Ducksch?
It’s starting to look like that might be the case, along with the lure of the Bundesliga for the prolific German striker.
Ducksch was on loan at Horstein Kiel last season and managed 18 goals in 33 appearances, taking his loan side to third in the league, a finish that put them in a promotion/relegation play-off with Wolfsburg for a place in the Bundesliga.
As it turned out, Wolfsburg were comfortable 4-1 winners over the two legged play-off but Ducksch hasn’t given up on his Bundesliga dream.
He was linked with Norwich in the last week but was quoted as not being able to resist a Bundesliga offer, should it be made.
This morning, it seems that the German top flight is calling in the shape of newly promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf, who are said to be very interested in Ducksch.
German newspaper, Bild are reporting that Fortuna are in talks with Ducksch and St. Pauli.
„Ich will in die Bundesliga!“ – Ducksch bestätigt Fortuna-Gespräche https://t.co/AtQ0ORfWpZ
— BILD F. Düsseldorf (@BILD_fortuna) May 25, 2018
— Jonny Walsh (@jonathanwalsh_) May 25, 2018
Yep. I'm afraid you won't be seeing him at Norwich City any time soon. As much as #ncfc have liked him for a while, they are in all likelihood going to be priced out of the move. https://t.co/VhPbEX2ibY
— Michael Bailey (@michaeljbailey) May 25, 2018
A fee of €2.5m would be paid up front with the rest of the €3m fee dependent on Fortuna Dusseldorf staying up at the end of next season.
There are several things to consider here but I’d be surprised if money is the driving force involved in the decision making process for any party.
The fee being mentioned is not huge and despite the Canaries’ cost cutting, surely it would be within the club’s reach, wouldn’t it? It is well documented that the German leagues do not pay as well as the English leagues, even at the very top clubs like Bayern Munich, so the player could probably earn more at Norwich than Fortuna Dusseldorf.
However, the lure of the top flight in his home country could well make the difference. Not everybody wants to take the “risk” of moving abroad, with all the changes that would bring to a player’s life and personal relationships and if money isn’t the biggest driver, then it’s an easy option for Ducksch to take.
The total reported fee of €3m isn’t massive, so let’s hope if he does choose to stay in Germany, Norwich could at least compete with that fee. If not, we really are in a spot of trouble…