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Werder Bremen updates: Fassnacht deal collapses, Baumann casts doubt on Friedl move, no new news on Möhwald

By Peter Vice

Germany's main sporting tabloid now reports that any deal to bring Young Boys Bern winger Christian Fassnacht to SV Werder Bremen is now off the table. 

Additionally, there exists serious doubt that defender Marco Friedl will be on the move. 

In the case of midfielder Kevin Möhwald, the rumor mills have simply dried up. 

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Three transfers floated over the weekend involving SV Werder Bremen may turn out to be non-topics after all. Germany's Sport Bild reported on late Sunday evening that BSC Young Boys officially cut off negotiations over a potential transfer for Swiss international Christian Fassnacht. According to the tabloid, the requested €5 million fee proved far too rich for the the Hanseatic club's blood.

In reporting on the collapse of the Fassnacht negotiations, German footballing magazine Kicker noted that the two clubs had agreed to touch base again during the January transfer window. Fassnacht was also linked with top tier side FSV Mainz 05 over the summer.

Rumors began to surface Sunday about a potential destination for high-market value defender Marco Friedl. After a number of negotiations with potential buyers fell through, it appeared--at least for a time--as if 1. FC Union Berlin were about to take the 23-year-old Austrian international off Bremen's hands.

Talk intensified as Friedl remained absent from the bench squad during Sunday's 2. Bundesliga fixture against Hansa Rostock. Club sporting director Frank Baumann confirmed that Friedl was like attempting to swing a transfer, but downplayed the possibility of it happening.

"What led to the player's decision is a bit speculative," Baumann told German footballing magazine Kicker after the match, "He was focused in yesterday's training. We then got a call saying he felt unable to participate in today's match. There will be a penalty, of course."

"We have held talks with another club, but are still very far away there," Baumann continued, "We have made it clear that we are willing to talk if our demands are met. It might well be the case that Marco will still be a player with us on Wednesday [after the deadline] and he will be under full obligation to fulfill his contract."

Baumann had no comment on the case of Kevin Möhwald, whom both Bremen and Union Berlin fan sites have linked with a move to the capital city. Rumors there began popping up on Bremen's Deichstube site on Friday. Kicker confirmed reports of talks between the two clubs on Friday evening, but there have been no updates since.

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