The announcement of the upcoming transfer of Matthias Ginter (28) to SC Freiburg was definitely a surprise. While clubs like FC Barcelona, FC Bayern or Inter Milan have been linked with signing the central defender in recent months, the Brisgau club now seem to have landed the contract.
For Freiburg, Ginter’s return to his old place of work is a fluke in the transfer market, while being fourth in the Bundesliga table sends a clear signal to the competition. Christian Streich’s side are also expected to be represented in the fight for European spots in the future.
Clever transfer strategy
With the departure of Nico Schlotterbeck to Borussia Dortmund, SC loses an absolute top player, but according to reports, the sale of the national player also sinks 20 million euros into the coffers. At least on paper, Ginter’s free transfer obligation shows no loss in quality.
The transfer fee from the deal and the additional guaranteed income from international competition for the upcoming season can therefore be reinvested elsewhere in the Freiburg transfer market to prepare the squad for the upcoming European Cup season. In this way, sports director Jochen Saier and sports director Klemens Hartenbach have the opportunity to strengthen the club sportingly in the long term.
During his tenure of more than ten years as head coach at Freiburg, Streich always had to compensate for the departure of important players. Despite the continued bloodshed, the coach managed to turn the team from a relegation candidate to a European Cup contender.
The fact that with Ginter an established defender in the prime of footballing age can probably be signed proves that Freiburg is ready for the next step. The Südwest-Klub shows young, fit players and professionals a perspective.
International football, a cup season with participation in the final and transfers in which you beat the best clubs from all over Europe clearly show that Freiburg can break with the image of the seller’s club. This needs to be confirmed in the coming season – with Ginter as the leader of the defensive network.