Wolfsburg prepare for Edin Dzeko bids

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Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh has again admitted that star striker Edin Dzeko could leave the club as early as January next year.

The 23-year-old Bosnia international came close to joining AC Milan in the summer and Spanish club Sevilla are already rumoured to be lining up a bid for Dzeko in the New Year.

Veh told Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung: “There is always a possibility that a player of Edin's class will attract interest from other teams.

“We have got to expect that. It was the case with Mario Gomez when I was at Stuttgart when we put a clause in his contract and the same would be the case with Dzeko.

“Players like him do have a price, but will not come in on the cheap though.”

Schalke’s Brazilian wing-back Rafinha has admitted that rumours of a big-money summer transfer have affected him in recent times.

The 24-year-old was linked with the likes of Juventus and Bayern Munich, but he remains in Gelsenkirchen for the time being.

He told Bild: “There were a lot of people coming up in August and all were talking to me about the things I need to do.

“This was a situation I was not prepared for, this situation was like a snowball for me. Pretty much unbelievable, this made me become mad.

“There were about 50 people giving me a direct phone call and not a single person of these 50 people has ever told me the truth.

“There was nothing serious regarding their statements. This was pretty shocking to me and I hardly slept for more than three hours sometimes.

“My head was full of some promises and I was getting anxious, too.

“The manager and I have an agreement regarding the winter transfer window. I may leave, I may stay.

“I just told Felix Magath that basically I would like to move on, but we never talked about a concrete deal at all.”

TSG Hoffenheim general manager Jan Schindelmeiser believes that midfielder Carlos Eduardo could secure a call-up to the Brazil national team in the near future.

The 22-year-old has impressed in the opening weeks of the new campaign and has earned high praise from Schindelmeiser.

He told Bild: "Carlos has great vision and his passing is world-class as well. Additionally, he is very strong on the ball and an intelligent player.

"It is very difficult to play against him because he always does the unexpected. He used to be a bit hot-headed, but he has learned from his mistakes in the past and has really grown up.

"He's learned tactical concepts and to defend when necessary. He could join a big European club in the not so distant future if he continues to develop like this.

"I would even say that he has a chance to make it into Brazil's national team."