Again and again, Ellyes Skhiri is considered a candidate for sale at 1. FC Köln in order to generate the necessary income. January now offers the last opportunity to sell the 27-year-old before the end of the contract. A strong World Cup for the Tunisian would increase interest.

Since Ellyes Skhiri came to 1. FC Köln from Montpellier in 2019, there have been rumors about the defensive midfielder leaving. The 27-year-old has quickly developed into an indispensable player in the center of Effzeh. And is always considered a candidate for sale in order to generate the necessary income.

“I’ve heard since I’ve been here that there is interest,” said FC coach Steffen Baumgart to the picture. But also admitted: “If Ellyes plays an outstanding World Cup, it may be that someone will come and given our financial situation, it may also be that we will then be forced to sell him.”

After all, Skhiri’s contract is only valid until the end of the season. There is no offer that could convince him of an extension. Cologne could only generate a fee for the six in January. On the other hand, a free transfer of the most valuable professional in the squad (13 million euros) would be quite a disaster for the club.

That’s also why one or the other at Effzeh should hope that Skhiri will play a strong World Cup with Tunisia and can put himself in the shop window in Qatar. The better Skhiri plays, the more likely there are good offers in January.

The 27-year-old is said to keep dreaming of a top club he can play with regularly in Europe. He would probably prefer to return to France. Olympique Lyon in particular have been repeatedly associated with Skhiri in the past.

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