The lads over at Geissblog.Koeln have reported on a Sporski Zurnal piece that says BATE Borisov left back Filip Mladenovic will sign a three-year deal with 1. FC Köln when the winter transfer window opens Friday.
The “Sports Journal” report says that Mladenovic has not confirmed news of the pending transfer, but offers that (via Google Translate) ” according to the news from Germany, the transfer will certainly be realized.” Geissblog says the fee is reportedly in the range of two million Euros.
The Serbian report did not clarify which “news from Germany” it was citing in its confidence.
Meanwhile, most of the German accounts of the rumored deal seem to be based on the Sporski Zurnal piece, so don’t get too excited just yet. But just in case there’s more than just smoke here . . .
Sidebar: Because it’s winter break and you have time to fill, check out this compilation of highlights from Mladenovic’s days at Red Star Belgrade, the Serbian club he left under dubious circumstances and reportedly then sued in court.
Mladenovic appeared in 21 of BATE Borisov’s 26 Belarusian Premier League matches during the 2015 season, which ended in early November with BATE’s tenth-consecutive league title and twelfth overall since the league was founded in 1992. The 24-year-old managed two goals in nearly 1900 minutes in domestic competition, and added another two in Champions League play during a 3:2 victory over AS Roma in September. BATE finished last in Group E, just one point behind Bayer Levekusen.
The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger writes that the acquisition of Mladenovic could be in anticipation of a move of Dusan Svento, who would be seeking more playing time to make his case to be part of the Slovakian national team’s efforts in Euro 2016 next summer, citing rumors linking Svento to Slavia Prague of the Czech Synot Liga.
The Geissblog.Koeln account, however, sees Mladenovic as also a potential successor to Jonas Hector, pointing out that even without an escape clause in his contract, which is good until 2018, the right back’s regular nominations to the German national team is likely to bring some attractive offers this summer.
Whether Hector stays or goes this summer, the arrival of Mladenovic would at least bring a quality back-up for Hector into the team for the remainder of the current season.
But, again, nothing is confirmed. If he can make things happen like he did against Rome, though, he and that left foot will be a welcome addition.