Despite three-man Hoppe, Schalke is in desperation for strikers. The fired Vedad Ibisevic and Mario Mandzukic also denied them before Huntelaar.
FC Schalke 04 needs a hitter desperately and is now focusing on a spectacular return of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the Ajax professionals.
“Jochen is out day and night, trying to make the impossible – because of the financial constraints – still possible,” Coach Christian Gross said of a nearly desperate striker hunt.
Recent rows of baskets have been made with the royal blue – with a player recently being chased out of the yard among other items. Jochen Schneider asked Vedad Ibisevic a few weeks ago, as SPORT1 heard.
Of all stuff, Sturm-Oldie, a 36 year old whose contract was concluded after just two months on 31 December 2020. However, Schneider declined, Ibisevic, who played almost for free.
When SPORT1 asked, Schneider would not comment on this.
“Both Vedad and we had other expectations of his commitment to Schalke 04,” the sports director was quoted as saying in a press release at the time. “From our point of view, it is now better to end the cooperation and part on good terms. Unfortunately, it has not fit here at Schalke as we promised ourselves together.”
Schalke still looking for a striker – at least
After the serious knee injury to loan striker Goncalo Paciencia (Eintracht Frankfurt), who incidentally will have to be signed permanently if the club stays in the league, and the departure of Rabbi Matondo (Stoke City), the Revierverein is looking for at least one striker. Matthew Hoppe’s three-goal haul in the redemptive 4-0 win over Hoffenheim did nothing to change that.
In addition to Ibisevic, the financially strapped Schalke team also tried ex-Bayern star Mario Mandzukic, among others, according to SPORT1 information. The 34-year-old last played for Al-Duhail SC. Although the veteran is out of contract, he gave the Bundesliga-17. a refusal.
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Huntelaar as savior with “personality”
After the baskets of Ibisevic and Mandzukic, the relegation-threatened pot club is now tinkering with a return of Huntelaar.
“I hope that we find one or the other player who also has personality,” Gross said.
And Sascha Riether said at the beginning of the week on SPORT1: “Matthew did a great job. Hats off! Nevertheless, we continue to look around on the transfer market. But it also has to fit and make sense.”