Promoted Schalke has a personnel problem because of legacy issues.Image: augenklick/firo Sportphoto / Jürgen Fromme
06/03/2022, 18:3506/03/2022, 18:36
FC Schalke 04 fans had been hoping for a long time. Vain. Kō Itakura will leave the club. The coming time should not be easy for the club. With his departure, the Royal Blues have one more squad to build on – and huge problems in the transfer market in general.
Farewell to Kō Itakura: It’s all about the money again
After relegation, S04 had Kō Itakura on loan from Manchester City in the summer of 2021. Since then, the player has appeared a total of 32 times for Schalke 04. The 25-year-old, who played as a central defender and six, scored four goals. But at the end of May, Schalke announced on its website: “After careful consideration, the club decided not to activate the purchase option”.
Ko Itakura has to say goodbye to Schalke.Image: SVEN SIMON / Frank Hoermann / SVEN SIMON
After the official statement from FC Schalke 04, S04 promotion coach Mike Büskens also made an emotional post on Instagram about Itakura: “We probably can’t handle the economic package, a sum that just a few years ago would not even have caused a frown among the decision-makers at the time.” In fact, he still couldn’t believe it. “With him we are not only losing a very good player, but also a fantastic character and an incredibly likeable person.”
A painful loss for Büskens and the entire club.
The Royal Blues are now not only looking for a worthy Itakura successor, but also a top-class strike partner for top scorer Simon Terodde and a No. 1.
Schalke 04: No long-term future with Büskens, but there are no options
And then there’s the problem with the head coach. Almost four weeks after the celebrated return to the Bundesliga, sports director Peter Knäbel and sports director Rouven Schröder are still in the process of finding a successor for Büskens. The Schalke club legend, who replaced the unsuccessful Dimitrios Grammozis last season and led the Knappen back to the Bundesliga, is said to be not a permanent solution for the Schalke bosses according to “Bild”.
Mike Büskens is highly respected by the fans.Image: Eibner press photo / Joerg Niebergall/Eibner press info
Even when looking for a new coach, money should play a major role again. The fact that Schalke cannot raise the 5.9 million euros for Itakura is a signal – and is partly due to dramatic legacy issues.
Schalke 04 still weak on the transfer market
Because Schalke has strong competition and is in a bad position economically. So it is not surprising that it should be difficult for the club to find a well-known head coach. Those who have been speculated about apparently already have other plans: Sandro Schwarz is going to Herta BSC, Vincent Kompany is said to want to go to FC Burnley and Peter Zeidler is also apparently in talks with FC Augsburg.
The debt is one thing, the difficulty in selling expensive players like Amine Harit or Ozan Kabak is another. There are various reasons why Schalke will not be able to act as much on the transfer market this summer as those responsible would like.
Schalke 04 now has to bleed for this legacy
But the causes are by no means only to be found in players who are still under contract. What continues to burden the financial situation are former departures. Even with Sebastian Rudy, payments are still due from S04. Because of the obligation in the summer of 2018, parts of the transfer fee are still due, which go to FC Bayern.
Payments are still due for Sebastian Rudy, which are now slowing Schalke down.Image: augenklick/firo Sportphoto / firo Sportphoto/Jvºrgen Fromme
The “Rudy rate” is not the only financial burden that the club still has to bear. Even with Omar Mascarell and some other players, parts of the severance payments are still open, as the “WAZ” reports.
The club must continue to bleed for this legacy.
(ast / with material from afp)
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