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1st league: up to 5 million transfer fees in question: why Mainz brings Ritsu Doan – Bundesliga

Mainz and the imminent purchase of Ritsu Doan (23).

Boss Christian Heidel (58) and sporting director Martin Schmidt (55) have had the Japanese national team player on their wish list for a year. In the next few days the deal could finally go through.

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According to the BILD information, everything is clear from the side of the players: now it is about the compensation for Eindhoven. It will probably come off between four and five million euros.

Money that comes from the sale of striker Mateta at the Crystal Palace in the winter – and will flow at the latest after a predictable sale of the defensive stars St. Juste and Niakhaté.

But what does Mainz want from the attacking man, who played mainly on the wing in the Netherlands?

Manager Svensson is looking for new types of players for two reasons.

On the one hand, it wants to make itself more independent of the previous five-way system. Since its predecessors Schwarz, Beierlorzer and Lichte liked to play with a diamond-patterned midfield, Mainz gradually ditched wings like Holtmann (now Bochum) or Öztunali (Union).

Like Winter-Einkauf Burgzorg, Doan could fill this gap, but also act as a mid-forward or playmaker with the usual tactics.

On the other hand, Svensson generally wants to increase the quality of the squad. Danny da Costa (28) from Eintracht signed on a free transfer.

It shouldn’t just increase the pressure on right-back Widmer. In the future he should also play on the left, as a central defender or as an attacking winger.

Svensson: “We want competition everywhere” So hope for more consistent top performance than this season.

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