Schalke manager Horst Heldt has confirmed the club’s interest in Fulham right-back sensation Sascha Riether, but warned “if the demand is too high, it will not materialize.”
The Bundesliga club wants the former Koln defender as cover for current right-back Atsuto Uchida.
Just because he’s on their wish-list doesn’t mean this is going to happen, and it seems Schalke have a very strict evaluation of the 30-year-old, but it’s a possibility.
He has just signed a new 2-year deal with Fulham, turning his season-long loan deal permanent with a €1.4 million transfer fee to Koln.
That makes this even more unlikely, but word is the two teams are already in discussions. How serious those discussions are remains to be seen.
I believe this move is relatively a longshot, because of how cautious Schalke are per Heldt’s quote, and I would assume Fulham would wish to make a decent profit on the defender before the rid themselves of last year’s Player’s player of the year.
Therefore, I would imagine the two clubs would have very different valuations of Riether, and I can’t imagine the two come to an agreement.
However, if they do, it will be incredibly hard to replace Riether, and Fulham will have a tough time finding someone who can fill his shoes. Let’s hope this doesn’t come off, because I can’t imagine the club will profit that greatly from his sale.
This isn’t the first time Schalke have tried to pull off a deal for a player who just signed a contract with their club. In 2011 they purchased Austrian left-back Christian Fuchs just after he had signed a permanent deal with FSV Mainz following a season-long loan there.