In the last two transfer periods, the new boss of Hertha, Lars Windhorst, spent close to 150,000,000 euros on the new players. There were signings such as Lucas Tousart and Krzysztof Piontek and they have arrived in Berlin, as well as popular names at the Bundesliga level such as Mateus Cunha or John Cordoba.
The management has set a goal to go to Europe this season, and for the next fight for the Champions League. Windhorst's plan, however, is not going well so far. The old lady of German football has lost three of the last four matches, is at the bottom of the table, and is far closer to the fight for survival than for Europe.
But the rich German does not lose hope that he will make Herta a serious club. He is convinced that for that, he needs serious work on his image, bringing in big stars and creating a "paradise destination" from Berlin.
Targets: Gomez and Draxler
To that end, Windhorst intended to bring in new stars. As Kicker writes, and many German media reports, Hertha is working to sign Alejandro Gomez from Atalanta this January, that is, to agree on the return of Julian Draxler to German football.
Yes, it sounds quite unrealistic, but the Berlin club has already made some progress in that sense, showing that money can compensate for the lack of attractiveness of the club. After all, who believed that Tousart, in addition to all the offers from England and Italy, could end up in blue and white? Or Krzysztof Piontek, no matter how much bad he was in Milan Papu Gomez has made it clear that he wants to join an ambitious club, preferably from the north of Italy.
Atalanta, however, does not let him into competing teams, and Hertha sees his chance in that. As in the rich offer they prepare for him. Although so far the price is not mentioned. Julian Draxler should be an easier target. Arsenal still chooses Brandt, which significantly facilitates Hertha's job and leaves only Bayer Leverkusen as its main competitor.
The contract of the occasional German national team player expires, which means that the compensation does not have to be paid, and that opens the possibility for Draxler to be offered a serious salary. As well as a signature bonus.
The Germans still write that Bruno Labbadia can slowly pack his bags. The new team, the Berliners hope with Gomez and Draxler, will be led by a new coach. There will certainly be no shortage of candidates ...