Hertha BSC manager Jos Luhukay has revealed the club will decide the long-term future of Pierre-Michel Lasogga after the striker returns from his loan at Hamburger SV, Sky Sports understands.
Lasogga, who joined Hertha on an initial three-year deal from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2010, has scored nine goals in nine appearances across all competitions while on loan at the Imtech Arena, including a brace in today’s 5-3 defeat to Leverkusen.
The Germany youth international’s form in front of goal has caught the eye of a number of European clubs in recent weeks.
Perennial UEFA Champions League side Schalke 04 have been linked with a summer swoop for Lasogga, while Hamburg are also keen to ink Lasogga to a permanent deal, and understandably so.
“Pierre-Michel Lasogga will return to our club next summer,” Luhukay told Berliner Zeitung. “We will then sit down with him and review his situation in detail.
“He has a contract at our club for one more season. Of course, we want everyone to feel fine and will therefore consider good solutions.”
In other news, Hertha midfielder Levan Kobiashvili is contemplating whether or not to hang up his boots at the end of the season, having made just two Bundesliga appearances thus far in 2013/14.
Sao Paulo want Lucas Moura
Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes has confirmed the club’s interest in a loan swoop for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Lucas Moura despite the player’s recent attempt to play down a move away from the Parc des Princes.
“It’s obvious that we want him to return and we had opportunites to talk with his agent two weeks ago, but he said that it’s hard because Lucas wants to stay,” the club’s VP of football told Lancenet.
“If he wants to return to Brazil, he will come to Sao Paulo. But considering the information we have, it’s very hard.”
Lucas’ wage demands could prove to be a major obstacle, but Lopes remains confident the presence of president Juvenal Juvencio could force through a move.
“There are various issues, the first one is that his family have adapted to Europe and the second one is his financial situation,” added Lopes.
“Lucas won’t want to reduce his wages, which are very high and the club, if they do release him, will try and loan him to another European club.
“But what we do have is the strength and prestige of Juvenal Juvencio, and his presence might change the situation.”
Lucas, who came off the bench for a 15 minute cameo in today’s 3-1 win over OGC Nice, has totaled two goals and three assists in 16 competitive appearances, albeit just eight starts, for the French champions this season.
It has been suggested Lucas may have to go out on loan in order to keep his place in the Brazil national team ahead of next year’s World Cup finals, especially when considering the resurgence of Kaka at AC Milan and the recent form of Willian at Chelsea.