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Augsburg target FC Copenhagen midfielder

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

German footballing magazine Kicker reports that FC Augsburg seek to land another major transfer in the form of FC Copenhagen midfielder Jens Stage. 
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After losing out in the battle to sign Swedish attacking midfielder Jens Michael Cajuste of FC Midtjylland, Germany's Fuggerstädter are still looking to the league up north for midfield reinforcements. According to Moritz Kreilinger of footballing magazine Kicker, an offer has already been tendered for FC Copenhagen midfielder Jens Dalsgaard Stage.

Kreilinger writes that a €3.5 million offer has already been rejected by last-year's Danish league runners up. Given the amount of cash that the Bavarian Swabian club has been able to flash lately, one assumes that the FCA will not give up its pursuit so easily. The offer is in line with the Dane's current market value in the latest transfermarkt listings.

the German club's new investor can certainly afford to go higher for a midfielder who has scored nine goals across all competitions this year. Stage remains under contract with the Danish FCK through 2024. A move nevertheless seems in the cards for the 25-year-old, who made his Danish national team debut in November.

In a separate article appearing on Kicker's online website, Kreilinger sheds some more US-based investor group Bolt Football Holdings that entered a partnership with Augsburg last February. The club itself recently sent a letter of clarification to its fan-base, assuring them that the involvement of the group, fronted by American sports manager David Blitzer, does not undermine the ownership of local entrepreneur Klaus Hofmann or the fans who hold shares in the club.

The club itself responded to rumors that Blitzer's money paid for the estimated €16.4 million in cost to acquire American striker Ricardo Pepi. The FCA denies this, saying that the purchase was financed by years of carefully built-up equity.

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