Per Sport Bild, Freiburg are rumored to have set aside €5 million in order to find themselves a new defensive midfielder.
Nicolas Höfler is 32 and Freiburg are now realizing they must start preparing for the future. They also face a daunting task of 3 different competitions this year and while Yannik Keitel can play in the position, he can be injury prone.
If these plans push forward, Freiburg may look to find a solution similar to Maximilian Eggestein's transfer in the summer of last year. Freiburg realized they could take advantage of Werder Bremen's relegation and bring in a dependable Bundesliga player for just €5 million.
Freiburg require a defensive midfielder who's ready to play right away, as they come to terms that club legend Nicolas Höfler won't be around forever after all.