The announcement of the imminent move from Matthias Ginter (28) to SC Freiburg was certainly a surprise. While clubs like FC Barcelona, FC Bayern or Inter have been linked in recent months to the signing of the center-back, the Breisgau club now appears to have won the contract.
For Freiburg, Ginter’s return to his old job is a stroke of luck on the transfer market, while at the same time being fourth in the Bundesliga standings is a clear signal to the competition. Christian Streich’s team should also be represented in the fight for European places in the future.
Smart transfer strategy
With the departure of Nico Schlotterbeck to Borussia Dortmund, SC loses an all-time top performer, but the sale of the national team player reportedly ends up with € 20 million in the coffers. At least on paper, Ginter’s free transfer obligation shows no loss in quality.
The transfer share resulting from the agreement and the additional income guaranteed by international competition in the next season can then be reinvested elsewhere in the Freiburg market to prepare the squad for the next European Cup season. In this way, sports director Jochen Saier and sports director Klemens Hartenbach have the opportunity to strengthen the club on a sporting level in the long term.
In his more than ten years as head coach in Freiburg, Streich has always had to compensate for the departure of important players. Despite continued bloodshed, the manager managed to evolve the team from relegation candidate to European Cup contender.
The fact that with Ginter an established defender in the prime of football can probably be signed shows that Freiburg are ready for the next step. The Südwest-Klub shows a perspective of young players and professionals in top form.
International football, a cup season with participations in finals and transfers in which the top clubs from all over Europe fight make it clear that Freiburg can free themselves from the image of the selling club. This needs to be confirmed next season – with Ginter leading the defensive net.