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Toprak to follow Dutt to Leverkusen

Robin Dutt is aiming to make defender Omer Toprak his first signing when he takes charge of Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the season.

Dutt, currently coach of Freiburg, will replace the Bayern Munich-bound Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season and appears set to take 21-year-old Toprak with him.

Freiburg's director of sport Dirk Dufner has confirmed a deal has been agreed with Leverkusen for Toprak's services, and it is now just down to the player to give the green light to the move.

"We have reached an agreement with Leverkusen,'' Dufner told the Badische Zeitung newspaper. "We would get a decent fee for him.''

Toprak has a little over a year left to run on his Freiburg contract, but this summer will mark the club's last chance to demand a substantial fee for his services.

The loss of Dutt could yet spark a mass exodus from Freiburg in the summer, with top scorer Papiss Demba Cisse and full-back Felix Bastians is also attracting interest.

And Dufner appears resigned to the fact that such a scenario could play out.

"If all three were to leave, then it would be brutal,'' Dufner said. "However, that would not be an extraordinary thing to happen at SC Freiburg.''

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