Borussia Monchengladbach manager, Lucien Favre, has expressed his frustration regarding this summer's transfer window, complaining the club have been unable to attract the players they desire.
After a successful season clinching sixth spot in the Bundesliga and a place in the Europa League, Favre was hoping the club would be able to push on from this and challenge for the next tier of European football. But unfortunately, the club have been unable to acquire some of their targets and Favre revealed that one player's agent even laughed at him.
The Gladbach boss told the Rheinische Post newspaper:"It's practically futile for us to try to rival other clubs for a player's signature."
"Take Kevin De Bruyne as an example. We were interested in him and wanted him on a six-month loan (from Chelsea), but his agent just laughed at our offer.
"We had no chance."
As a result, Kevin De Bruyne went on to sign for Wolfsburg on a permanent basis in January for a fee of £17 million. Before this, the former Blues midfielder spent a year on loan with fellow Bundesliga side, Werder Bremen.
During the 1970's, Borussia Monchengladbach were the dominant force in German football as they won four titles in eight years from 1969 to 1977. After they were relegated in 1999, the club's glorious past was suddenly tainted and it took the club till 2012 to be back near the top of Germany's first tier.
It was before the 2011-12 campaign when Favre took control at the helm and it his first full season following a two-year spell with Hertha Berlin, Gladbach finished fourth and reached the play-off round of the Champions League before sadly losing to Dynamo Kiev on aggregate.
Following that successful season, the club lost their talismanic winger, Marco Reus, who has since been the centre of attention for clubs all across Europe. This summer another Starlet, Marc-Andre ter Stegen has left to join FC Barcelona. Gladbach have been unable to attract the star names the other way despite their decorated history and newly revived European challenge.
With their short comings in the transfer market, Favre has still managed to bring in some fresh faces who he believes can replace the other stars they've lost like Luuk de Jong and Juan Arango.
Former FC Basel keeper, Yann Sommer comes in to replace the departed German keeper after another title winning season in Switzerland. The 25 year-old joined the club on a five-year contract after spending seven years with his old club.
Most recently, Thorgan Hazard has joined up with the team on a season long loan. Eden Hazard's younger brother has left Chelsea for another year on loan after spending last season back home in Belgium with Zullte Waregem. He is a winger who has manager admirers and it will be a shame for Favre that his services will be limited to just a year but with the added strains of European competition this year, the club will be needing more depth in their squad. With the transfer window coming to a close this month, the Foals might need to be a bit more persuasive in negotiations.
The club got their season underway on the weekend as they made it through to the next round of the DFB Pokal. They beat Homberg 3-1 with new signing, Andre Hahn from FC Augsburg putting his name on the score sheet.
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