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Report: Rønnow nears transfer to Union Berlin

By Peter Vice

German footballing magazine Kicker reports that three Bundesliga clubs are presently involved in a backup-goalkeeper shuffle. 

The biggest transfer on the precipice of being completed shall see Frederik Rønnow head to the German capital to play for Eisern Union. 

Frederik Rønnow.
Frederik Rønnow.Photo: Silesia711, CC-by-SA 4.0

For the third consecutive season, Danish keeper Frederik Rønnow can expect to receive a trial audition. After filling in for the injured Kevin Trapp at Frankfurt during the 2019/20 campaign and accruing 11 appearances as part of a goalkeeping carousel on loan at Schalke in 2020/21, Frankfurt are said to be nearing a deal to send the 28-year-old to Union Berlin.

FCU sporting director Oliver Ruhnert recently proclaimed that he wished to locate a keeper "capable of competing for the #1 spot." For all intents and purposes, there was no such competition last season. Thirty-four-year-old veteran Andreas Luthe started 31 of the club's 34 league fixtures, with much more famous Liverpool loanee Loris Karius warming the bench.

With Karius back at his parent club, Ruhert evidently felt the need to acquire at least one more keeper capable of competing against the veteran in training camp. Union already have a Danish back-up net-minder in the from of 27-year-old Jakob Busk, but the Copenhagen native has not made an appearance since the 2017/18 campaign in the 2. Bundesliga.

Kicker reports that Eintracht Frankfurt are poised to acquire 32-year-old Jens Grahl from the Stuttgart reserves and are comfortable with 19-year-old Diant Raman as the #3. The SGE now seeks to cash in on Rønnow, who only has one year left on his contract with die Adler.

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