Friday, July 16, 2021
Double coup with Cologne’s defense chief
Wolfsburg grabs German U21 star
VfL Wolfsburg is preparing for the upcoming season and has signed two great talents: Sebastiaan Bornauw comes from 1. FC Köln and should strengthen the defense. The German U21 striker Lukas Nmecha comes from Manchester City. Both players are entrusted with leadership roles.
Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg is strengthening itself for its Champions League season. The Lower Saxony announced the commitment of U21 European champion Lukas Nmecha and central defender Sebastiaan Bornauw. Striker Nmecha returns from Manchester City after two years, Bornauw comes from 1. FC Köln. Both are just 22 years old and are considered great talents in their positions.
Bornauw receives a five-year contract, as both clubs confirmed. According to information from the “kicker”, the basic transfer fee is 14.5 million euros; bonus payments can increase it to 17 million euros. The Belgian is Wolfsburg’s “absolute dream player for the defensive,” said VfL sports director Marcel Schäfer: “We have a high opinion of his footballing qualities and also of the mentality and attitude he embodies.”
For Effzeh, who is losing an important top performer, the change is still good business, because Bornauw was brought in 2019 for six million euros from RSC Anderlecht. The defensive specialist played 57 competitive games for the Rhinelander. Three weeks ago, the professional had already informed Effzeh that he did not want to extend his contract in Cologne prematurely and that he would be drawn to Wolfsburg. His contract in the cathedral city still had a term until June 30, 2024. Bornauw could take the place of Maxence Lacroix, who is a year younger than Maxence Lacroix, who is a year younger and may move to RB Leipzig.
Nmecha, a man up for the DFB-Elf?
Nmecha also signed a long-term contract with the Wölfen, which runs until June 30, 2025. “We have always been convinced of Lukas’ qualities and have continued to follow his path closely even after he left Wolfsburg And he has developed enormously. Not least with the German U21 team, he showed how important he can be for a team on and off the pitch and that despite his only 22 years of leadership roles and progress, “explained Schäfer.
Nmecha has been under contract with Manchester since 2017, but was loaned to Wolfsburg, the English second division club FC Middlesbrough and Anderlecht during that time. At the finals of the U21 European Championship, the striker was the top scorer with four goals in six games. Nmecha is also considered a man who could alleviate the great need for strikers in the German national team.