With Champions League in sight, Borussia Monchengladbach seem to continue their squad planning in great style. The arrival of Leverkusen’s Swiss international strike Josip Drmic is imminent, as we had previously reported. Essentially, Drmic’s purchase is offset by Max Kruse’s departure that will provide the club with €12 million in transfer fees. In return, Borussia get a young and versatile forward who will cherish the opportunity to work with compatriot Lucien Favre.
With defence being another area of concern for Gladbach, the club have now agreed personal terms with talented German international Matthias Ginter who chose Dortmund over Monchengladbach last season, but failed to make an impression. The talented youngster has 5 games for Germany under his belt and would certainly strengthen Gladbach’s defence, especially with Stranzl struggling with injuries and age, and well-liked Brouwers only a bit-part player, albeit extremely reliable. It seems as though, Borussia Monchengladbach will part with €10 million and should Dortmund accept, Ginter will be able to revive his career while Gladbach will be able to significantly strengthen the squad.
Next for Gladbach will be the defensive midfield position, especially after German international Christoph Kramer returned to parent club Leverkusen. The World Cup winner formed a great partnership with Granit Xhaka and was instrumental in Gladbach’s success this season. It will be critical for the club to identify a more than adequate replacement, in order to deal with the extra responsibilities of the Champions League. It will be interesting to see what type of player will be available, although Ginter is also capable of playing in that position.
The next few weeks will be incredibly intriguing at Gladbach and we will get an insight into the potential the club and its current squad have. You never know, although an underdog, Borussia might reach for the flory of past European nights and spring one or two surprises.