The Fuggerstädter sell one fullback and bring in another in the span of a few hours.
|Heiko Herrlich.||Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen|
Hours after finalizing the sale of buccaneering left back Philpp Max to PSV Eindhoven, Heiko Herrlich and the Fuggerstädter have secured the services of another roving fullback. Twenty-two-year-old Polish international Robert Gumny signed a five-year-contract with the FCA on Wednesday evening.
Transfermarkt.de reports transfer fees were likely between €2 and €3 million. Given that the site conjectures the Lech Posen right back’s worth to be in upwards of €5 million, early appraisals of the deal are positive.
A right-back stood as an absolute essential need for Augsburg after Swiss legend Stefan Lichtsteiner announced his retirement at the end of last season. Lichtsteiner’s bow out left Herrlich with only one seasoned right back, Raphael Framberger, on his roster. Recent internal youth squad promotion Simon Asta is also expected to compete for the position.
FCA sporting director Stefan Reuter declared himself “delighted” with the acquisition. Since making his debut in the Polish first-division at the age of 17, Gumny has made 99 appearances for both Lech Poznan and Podbeskidzie in Poland’s top flight. He’s tallied on four occasions.