Over recent days, transfer speculation has broken out surrounding Milot Rashica’s Norwich City future with a host of European clubs said to be interested, and the Kosovan favouring a move back to the Bundesliga.
One of the most interested parties is reportedly Schalke 04, where Rashica would be lining up with former Canary, Ozan Kabak, again.
As things stand, “There is no agreement with Schalke” says Rashica’s agent, Atin Lala.
According to Dirk Schlarmann (Sky Sports), the German club can’t afford to bring him in, but they’re still looking at ways of getting a deal done.
Reports coming out of Germany suggest a loan offer worth £1.5m with an obligation to buy for an extra £8m at the end of the season was rejected by City officials.
An Albanian news outlet, GazetaBlic, reported on Monday evening that Schalke was Milot’s preferred destination saying:
“Sources of GazetaBlic Sport, report that Milot Rashica is close to reaching an agreement with the German club Schalke”
Rashica has actually made two senior appearances for Albania, and came through their youth system, before making the switch to Kosovo – his place of birth.
Last season, he made 31 appearances in the Premier League, scoring to give us a 1-0 lead at Anfield, and getting two assists. However, he appears unlikely to stay here next season, with his agent drumming up interest.
Other reports coming out of Germany suggest Werder Bremen are also looking to take their former star man back.
At Bremen, Rashica gained a reputation for being frequently unsettled, looking to force moves on several occasions. In the summer window of 2020, it looked like he was heading to Bayer Leverkusen, but they were unable to get the deal over the line.
I doubt City will sell him unless they get an offer matching or bettering the fee they paid last summer – around £9.4m.
The club is not pressured to sell him and he has the quality to rip up the Championship, which would significantly increase his value in the same way it did Emi Buendia’s 12 months ago.