Borussia Mönchengladbach have identified potential candidates to replace the outgoing Marcus Thuram and Ramy Bensebaini, according to Bild.
It’s confirmed – this summer Gladbach will lose to key players on free transfers. Sporting director Roland Virkus is working hard to reconstruct the team and find alternative solutions to Thuram (25) and Bensebaini (27).
Head coach Daniel Farke recently emphasised the importance of bringing in new, exciting players: “We have to add things to our squad externally, such as speed, goal risk and resilience if things don’t go according to our wishes. We need players who appreciate every single Bundesliga game!”
As reported by Bild, Gladbach have identified a Swiss, Belgian, Greek, and Frenchman to possibly replace Thuram and Bensebaini.
Swiss national Cédric Itten (26) from Young Boys Bern is at the top of the wishlist. The tall forward was previously with Rangers in Scotland and spent a brief time on loan at Greuther Fürth. The 26-year-old has an impressive record with the Swiss national team, scoring four goals in seven matches. Itten is also the Swiss Super League’s current top goalscorer with 14 goals. It’s believed the forward has a market value of just €2m.
Hugo Cuypers (26) from KAA Genk is also considered a top candidate. Cuypers is Belgium’s top scorer but would be slightly more expensive than Itten with a value of €8m. The last striker is Anastasios Douvikas (23) at FC Utrecht. The Greek national has a value of €6m and has scored 13 times this season.
In terms of defenders to replace Bensebaini, Gladbach are keeping tabs on Faitout Maouassa (24) from French side Montpellier. The French U21 has three goals and four assists in 25 games this year. Maouassa’s current market value is just €5m.
GGFN | Jamie Allen