Frederik Sørensen, a Danish central defender currently under contract with Champions League runner-up Juventus FC of Serie A, has arisen as the latest candidate for the job left vacant by the departure of Kevin Wimmer to Tottenham Hotspur.
The lanky blonde is not quite up to Per Mertesacker height, but his 1.93 meters does give him a .06 edge over the departed Wimmer, as well as former EffZeh captain Pedro Geromel (1.90 meter), who patrolled the area before the club’s most-recent 2. Bundesliga stint.
While Sørensen may be able to provide a towering presence while standing in Wimmer’s former spot, the question will be whether he can also provide the consistent presence the 1. FC Köln got from the Austrian before selling him a a huge profit to the Londoners. Wimmer was unavailable for just one match during the 2014-15 season, and that due to a red-card suspension. Once he won the job the season before, in Köln’s 2. Bundesliga title season, he missed just two games.
Sørensen, on the other hand, played in just 25 matches in the last two Serie A campaigns. Injuries have forced the Dane to miss some time, but he also was unable to force his way into the squad when healthy, instead watching from the bench.
Whatever the circumstances, Sørensen showed enough to get Juventus to shell-out €3.15 million to acquire him from Bologna FC before shipping him to Hellas Verona for a season-long loan. The 23-year-old has also been active in Denmark’s national-team youth ranks, most recently as a reserve with the U21 side at the European championships, in which the Danes were semifinalists.
According to Express, Sørensen’s move to Köln could be made official by the end of the week.