Hoffenheim director suggests €50m bid could land Kramaric

Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric could be allowed to leave Hoffenheim if a €50m offer is made, the club's sporting director has said.

Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric   -  Getty Images

Hoffenheim's sporting director Alexander Rosen has suggested that Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric could be allowed to leave if €50million is offered for his services.

Kramaric, who played an hour of Croatia's 2-0 World Cup Group D victory over Nigeria, has been widely linked with a return to the Premier League to join Newcastle United - although Bayern Munich is also reported to be chasing his services.

Formerly of Leicester City, Kramaric was in fine form for Hoffenheim during the 2017-18 Bundesliga season, scoring 13 goals, and his services resulted in interest from Italy during the January transfer window.

Hoffenheim, which earned a spot in the group stages of the Champions League next season, is prepared for bids for its star striker and a potential price tag has now been revealed.

"I never rule out anything, that's not in our business," Rosen told TZ.

"We had an offer of €30m for Andrej from Italy during the winter break. That was not an option for us. But what happens if €50m is offered I cannot say."

Capped 32 times by Croatia, the 27-year-old spoke about his future before the World Cup in Russia and refused to be dragged into speculation.

"I saw what the media have said [about Bayern links] but take it easy, there is plenty of time," he told Goal. 

"My priority is the World Cup now. There is plenty of time to discuss a potential transfer."

Croatia faces Argentina on Thursday, where victory can seal its spot in the knockout stages, before tackling Iceland in its final group match.

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