Mertesacker deal in the balance
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Per Mertesacker's move to Werder Bremen could rely on Frank Fahrenhorst.
Werder Bremen have moved one step closer to the signing of Hannover's World Cup star Per Mertesacker, but the transfer of the defender now relies on Frank Fahrenhorst becoming a makeweight.
Bremen's é¼5 million (£3.5 million) offer for the 21-year-old has finally been accepted by the 96ers, but Hannover coach Peter Neururer is keen to fill the void with Bremen's Fahrenhorst.
As Fahrenhorst appears determined to remain at Werder, The Green and Whites are now considering other options.
"In principle, we have reached agreement with Hannover but if we don't swap the player, we have to see what else we can do to make the transfer happen and one option would be to pay more money," declared Bremen's director of sport Klaus Allofs.
Mertesacker, who proved his class with impressive performances at the World Cup, where he won more tackles than any other player, has made no secret of his desire to move to a bigger club that would offer him European football on a regular basis.
The transfer is expected to go through in the near future as Werder are keen to finalise the deal before an August 15 deadline - by which time they have to report their UEFA Champions League squad to Uefa.