Bayer Leverkusen could thin out midfield in January to create financial and personal space for new signings. However, the newly crowned world champion Exequiel Palacios is not on the sales list.

The Werkself have an oversupply in the eighth position. And in order to sign new players, Leverkusen first have to create space, both financially and in terms of personnel. According to kicker, Exequiel Palacios, who was courted by FC Turin and who just became world champion with Argentina (three short appearances), is not on the sales list.

“We are planning firmly with Pala. That’s the status. And we hope that the world championship title will give him a boost,” explained managing director Simon Rolfes to kicker about the plans with Palacios. The Argentine is tied to the Werkself until 2025. Leverkusen would most likely part ways with Charles Aranguiz, whose contract expires at the end of the season. Aranguiz has been dreaming of a return to South America for some time and has been persuaded several times by the club management to stay with Bayer 04 for a while.

This article was originally published on as So plans Leverkusen with Palacios.