In a rather disappointing turn of events, Norwich City look set to miss out on German Bundesliga 2 Striker, Marvin Ducksch.
Yesterday, his agent was telling the media that he hoped his man’s future would be sorted out in the next few days and according to a report in Bild.de, he has.
Ducksch was quoted widely as saying he wanted to move up to the Bundesliga and then very quickly linked with newly promoted, Fortuna Dusseldorf. He was even seen walking through the City’s streets, hand in hand with his girlfriend.
This annoyed his current club, St. Pauli, though and it seemed there was an impasse as Fortuna struggled to scrape together the €2-3m that would be required to complete the deal.
However, it now looks as though the move will happen with talk of an initial €1.5m followed by payments over the next three years or so.
Good old Google Translate has provided these quotes from the Bild article:
“Boss Robert Schäfer (42): “He said early that he only wants to Fortuna. That was a strong signal. We have now reached agreement with the player. We are also on the right path with the talks with FC St. Pauli “
“Out came now a complicated transfer contract. The 1.5 million euro transfer fee can easily rise by 1 million. Because additional payments for Pauli were u.a. in the case of Dusseldorf league, in a resale, the achievement of international business and probably also agreed for when Ducksch becomes national player …
Born in Dortmund, he never beat BVB, Paderborn and Pauli. Only after he was loaned to Kiel, he came out big – and then did not want to go back to the neighborhood, where he still has a contract until 2019.”
So, it seems he didn’t want to go back to the neighbourhood.
This will no doubt come as a blow to Messers Webber and Farke but remember that if this story is breaking in the media, then they will have known for some time that Marvin wants a move to the Bundesliga and that the Sky Bet Championship is just not going to cut it.
As ever, when such a thing happens in football transfers, they will move on to the next target.