Transfer news

Sokratis attracting interest

May 2, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Werder Bremen centre-back Sokratis is being chased by several clubs around Europe, according to reports in the German media.

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GettyImagesSokratis looks set for the Werder Bremen exit door

The Greece international is believed to be wanted by at least four teams, including Bundesliga sides Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund, as well as Serie A outfit Juventus.

Local newspaper Syker Kreiszeitung are reporting Leverkusen as favourites for the 24-year-old’s signature, stating that the club have already placed an €8.5 million bid for the defender.

Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin has refused to deny that Sokratis could be sold, while the player himself says he is more concerned about securing the club’s top-flight status than worrying about his own future.

The German side have not won any of their last ten Bundesliga games and are only two points above the relegation zone with just three games left to play.

“We are in a difficult situation right now, that’s where my focus is,” he said. “Everyone has to make sure that the club does not get relegated. Personal things can wait until that is done.”

Sokratis also said that he did “not know anything about” an offer from Leverkusen and has not been in contact with the club.

Since joining Bremen from Genoa in 2011, the defender has become a mainstay in the side and has gone on to make a total of 57 Bundesliga appearances.