Despite manageable performances this season, Milot Rashica remains Werder’s number one sales candidate. Due to the relegation, the once highly traded offensive player is allowed to leave the club for a fixed transfer. In view of past negotiations, however, it can be doubted whether this can be achieved.
Milot Rashica’s time in Bremen is drawing to a close.
For a few seconds it was not finally clear whether Milot Rashica would say goodbye with a goal in his last game for SV Werder. His connecting goal to the meanwhile 1: 4 against Borussia Mönchengladbach was initially whistled due to an offside position, but then classified as flawless by the video evidence. The third goal of the season (including a penalty) by the Kosovar could no longer prevent Bremen’s relegation.
The fact that the 24-year-old was only substituted on in the 67th minute of the most important game of the season marked a fitting end to the unfortunate end of their collaboration. Due to the player’s personal downward trend and the club’s bad timing to sell Rashica, Werder will have lost enormous amounts of money in the end.
After the breakthrough season 2018/19 in the Bundesliga (26 games, nine goals, five assists), the club had received a 30 million euro offer from Premier League club Aston Villa for the offensive player. But in Bremen, in pre-Corona times – when the international transfer market was still partially flooded with money – there was speculation on an offer of around 50 million euros. Those responsible gambled away.
After the onset of the pandemic and almost relegation in the preseason (Rashica’s record: 28 games, eight goals, seven assists), a change to RB Leipzig was again not possible due to the transfer negotiations, the 15 million euros plus additional payments were enough for Werder last year August not out. Around two months later, in the last few hours before the end of the summer transfer window, a loan deal with Bayer Leverkusen also failed, and once again it was not possible to agree on the purchase option. The same applied to Hertha BSC’s interest in the previous winter transfer period. Werder still called for a redemption of a purchase option around 15 million euros.
Relegation makes an exit clause possible
It can now be doubted whether a year before the end of the player’s contract any club will offer such a high amount. According to kicker information, the relegation gives at least the theoretical possibility that Rashica could leave the club directly thanks to an exit clause of 15 million euros. In the previous year, RB Leipzig would have liked to have pulled them – but Bremen just kept the class in the relegation. Rashica’s departure can be expected by the start of Werder training in three weeks at the latest.