The choppy waters of the Bundesliga have ushered Hamburg down dire straits and their best and brightest are expected to leave the sinking ship rodent fashion should they succumb to relegation.
Despite their poor campaign, there’s some choice talent on the Imtech Arena books including teenage defender Jonathan Tah and left-winger Hakan Calhanoglu, who have reportedly been exciting interest from Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.
Der Dinosaurien, currently occupy 16th place, meaning a play-off with the team that finish third in the 2.Bundesliga if they end the campaign in the same berth, but their two remaining fixtures hardly inspire faith that they won’t slip into the automatic relegation places.
The last thing they need right now is a visit from FC Bayern Munchen, who are sure to be smarting from their Champions League exit and just 9/25 to deny their hosts so much as a point’s worth of sustenance.
An away day at Mainz on the last day of the campaign provides the prospect of a depressing coup de grace, with Hamburg having accumulated a mere nine points from 16 league road games.
It’s a state of affairs sure to have talent vultures of all stripes circling above Mirko Slomka’s squad.
Centre-half Tah is a brute of an 18-year-old, standing at 6ft 4in and 14 stone in his stocking feet and his promise is sufficient to have had Manchester City and Manchester United keen, along with the aforementioned Gunners.
Playing in a rearguard far from blessed with quality practitioners, the youngster was voted player of the first half of the season by the club’s supporters after a string of showings characterised by educated game reading and composure on the ball.
Meanwhile Chelsea target Calhanoglu’s ten goals and four assists mean he has played a part in more goals for Die Rothosen than any other player this term.
Just behind him in that respect are proven Premier League creator Rafael van der Vaart and 22-year-old striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who has hit 12 goals in 17 league starts this term, both of whom could prove useful signings at a reduced to clear price.