SV Werder Bremen will start their first second division season after 40 years in the Bundesliga. Naturally, they are hoping for a direct return to the top flight, but this will not be a foregone conclusion, if only because of the well-known competition, which is led by FC Schalke 04 and Hamburger SV according to wetten.com.
At the moment, however, it is not easy to make a prediction about SV Werder, as it must be assumed that coach Markus Anfang's squad will change in the coming weeks. Although a number of potential key players such as Kevin Möhwald, Romano Schmid and Niclas Füllkrug have more or less clearly declared their intention to stay in Bremen, a number of other players could still turn their backs on the club before the end of the transfer period at the end of August.
Bittencourt leaves all doors open
One candidate for a corresponding Werder Bremen transfer, who would not be unimportant for the club from an economic point of view, is Leonardo Bittencourt. The 27-year-old attacking player, who has recently been linked with Benfica Lisbon in transfer news in Germany, emphasised in Bild that he is not striving for a departure with all his might: "I still have a contract here and I feel very comfortable. It's not as if my family and I would have to pack up our things here and leave at the drop of a hat."
At the same time, Bittencourt is still keeping all doors open: "I can't promise to stay here no matter what. If an offer comes in, then we will take our time and think about it. As long as the transfer window is open, you never know."
The situation is similar for Milos Veljkovic, Maximilian Eggestein, Yuya Osako, Josh Sargent, Ömer Toprak and Felix Agu, while Ludwig Augustinsson has openly stated that he does not see his future in the 2nd Bundesliga. So far, however, there has been no suitable offer for the Swedish international, who is unlikely to be an option after his participation in the European Championship at the start of the season. Transfer insiders are also increasingly expecting the sale of Johannes Eggestein, who impressed last season on loan at Linz ASK, but for whom the new Bremen coach Anfang is apparently unable to find a suitable position. The 23-year-old, who has a lot of competition in the forwards with Füllkrug and Sargent and whose ideal role as a hanging point is unlikely to be found at Werder, is unlikely to have any problems finding another club. There is reportedly interest from abroad, including neighbouring Belgium and the Netherlands, but also from England.
Squad unlikely to have final face until early September
Bundesliga transfers of several players who are still tied to Werder would weaken the substance of the squad, but would relieve the budget and give those in charge better opportunities to perhaps strike again on the transfer market themselves. It seems clear, however, that the final Bremen squad will not be assembled until the beginning of September, when at least the professionals under contract will not be able to change clubs for several months. It is hardly possible to make a reliable prediction as to which of the players mentioned will still be wearing the green and white jersey.