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Pre-kickoff confirmation:
Gisdol says Jhon Cordoba is "negotiating with other clubs"

By Peter Vice

Jhon Cordoba's wish to leave the Cathedral City has now been publicly confirmed. 1. FC Köln seek a significant pay-day should they be compelled to part company with their leading attacker.

Jhon Cordoba.
Jhon Cordoba.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

1. FC Köln head coach Markus Gisdol finally publicly confirmed what club managing director Horst Heldt had only hinted at on Saturday: A transfer for top Geißböcke goal-scorer Jhon Cordoba is presently being negotiated. A move involving the 27-year-old Columbian, who led the club with thirteen tallies in the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign, now appears almost certain.

When asked why his star forward wasn’t featured in the team’s latest lineup, the trainer gave a frank answer. “Jhon has approached us and asked not to play because he is in negotiations with other clubs,” Gisdol confirmed ahead of kickoff in Köln’s DFB-Pokal fixture against VSG Altglienicke on Saturday.

Corborba has resisted the club’s attempts to renew his expiring contract throughout the course of the summer. English clubs West Bromwich Albion, FC Everton, and Leeds United are said to have put out feelers for the striker. Website Ligainsider.de reports that VfL Wolfsburg, Schalke 04, and Hertha BSC have also been active participants in talks.

According to German footballing magazine Kicker, Köln wishes to set a high monetary bar for the sale of its most reliable producer of goals. The magazine places the minimum price at around €10 million.

Germany’s “Bild-Zeitung” raises the bottom-basement price for entertaining offers even higher, suggesting that the club sets its so-called “pain threshold” at €15. Transfermarkt.de cites other sources to corroborate this price.

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