Per a report from kicker, a potential move for Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to Hertha Berlin will not happen. Ulreich, who was selected for yesterday’s squad ahead of summer transfer Alexander Nübel, is said to be looking for a new home, but the veteran has not yet had any luck.
Ulreich, who kicker says is “actively” looking for a new club, reportedly received an offer from Die Alte Dame, but rejected the offer. Hertha Berlin was thought to be a potential destination as 28-year-old Alexander Schwolow is the starter, without much of a reliable back-up. Would Ulreich want to serve as a reserve after years of sitting behind Manuel Neuer? That is unclear. At 32, Ulreich could be looking for one last run as a starter. If so, that would heavily influence any decision the goalkeeper would make.
Ulreich is a unique position to really determine how he wants to play out his career. If he wants to play, he can target specific clubs where he would become an instant starter. If he is content being a back-up, he surely would have his choice of destinations provided his salary demands are in-line.
Without any internal knowledge of Ulreich’s rationale, we can probably ascertain that Hertha Berlin did not assure Ulreich he would enter as a starter and the reliable veteran just opted to move on to other options where that might be possible.
Second place (!?) FC Augsburg was also reportedly in the running for Ulreich, but starter Rafal Gikiewicz has been solid to start the season. It remains to be seen if Die Fuggerstädter is still interested in Ulreich.
Given the craziness that is the transfer market, nothing is out of the realm of possibility. What is “true” one day, might change the next. With Ulreich and Hertha Berlin already linked, it will be interesting to see if the two sides reconvene discussions at any point over the next few day.