Maximilian Philipp is now being linked with a move to Hertha BSC.
|Maximilian Philipp.||Photo: Borussia Dortmund|
Hertha BSC have emerged as favourites to land Maximilian Philipp from Borussia Dortmund, according to Sport Bild.
Philipp, who was born in Berlin and who played for Hertha as a kid, met and agreed personal terms with Hertha boss Michael Preetz in Berlin last week, as per the report.
The only obstacle seems to be Borussia Dortmund's asking price of €20 million which has reportedly made the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and VfL Wolfsburg cool their interest in the player.
According to Bild, Hertha are set to sign Dodi Lukebakio for €20 million, so the question is if the German capital club would be able to afford Philipp as well.
Hertha's biggest competitor in the race for Philipp's signature seems to be Dynamo Moscow.
Sport Bild claims that the Russian outfit would be willing to pay the transfer fee demanded by Dortmund and even slightly increase Philipp's current salary of €3 million a year.
However, Philipp would prefer to stay in the Bundesliga, even if it means he would not be able to earn as much as he would in Russia.
The 25-year-old made 23 appearances for BVB last season with two goals and three assists to his name. His contract runs until 2022.
Update: Hertha boss Michael Preetz has made it clear on Twitter that signing Maximilian Philipp is not imaginable for the club at the moment:
Zum Transfergerücht um Maximilian Philipp: Ein toller Spieler, dazu ein Berliner Junge. Aber eine Verpflichtung ist derzeit nicht darstellbar #hahohe— Michael Preetz (@michaelpreetz) August 1, 2019