Werder Bremen and Juventus have held talks over a cooperation agreement that will allow the Serie A side to give players loan time in the Bundesliga, German newspaper Bild revealed.
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During Bremen’s annual meeting on Monday, sporting director Thomas Eichin announced that the club would need to take a new path if they are to return to Europe.
Werder Bremen won a domestic Double in 2004 and won the 2009 DFB-Pokal, but they have struggled in recent campaigns and, with some players’ wages still at Champions League level, there have been subsequent financial problems.
In 2012, Bremen posted a loss of 14 million euros and on Monday they announced a loss of 7.9 million euros for 2013.
“There are enough players worldwide that are really good and can be signed on a free transfer or don’t cost that much,” the Weser Kurier quoted Eichin as saying on Monday. “We want to develop quality instead of signing quality.”
On Wednesday, Eichin travelled to Turin to meet up with Juve officials.
“Yes, I was at Juventus and we held talks,” Eichin told Bild. “I was invited to discuss a potential cooperation.”
The newspaper reports that the Italian side are seeking a partnership with a German club to allow them to hand their fringe players first-team football in the Bundesliga, and that an agreement appears likely as a result of positive talks.
Ahead of the new season, Bremen brought in Luca Caldirola from Inter Milan and Franco Di Santo on a free transfer as well as loaning Santiago Garcia from Chilean club CSD Rangers Talca. They are currently 10th in the Bundesliga, seven points behind fourth-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach.