Bolton Wanderers are reportedly awaiting for a ‘green light to sign German midfielder Florian Flick on loan this summer, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The 23-year-old is currently contracted to Schalke and has been in talks with the League One side about a loan switch, but the deal is awaiting approval due to permit complications.
Who is Florian Flick?
The defensive midfielder began his career with Waldh. Mannheim, until he joined Schalke in July 2020, signing for their ‘B’ team, before joint the main squad a year later. He’s also just returned, following a loan sell with FC Nuremberg.
Last season, Flick made 16 appearances in the German second tier, as well as eight appearances in the Bundesliga and an additional three in the DFB-Pokal.
Promotion is the aim
Bolton Wanderers reached the League One play-off places last season, after a brilliant campaign under Ian Evatt. However, the club were beaten in the semi-final by a strong Barnsley side.
Evatt’s men also secured the EFL Trophy last season, beating League One champions Plymouth Argyle in the grand final. However, the club will be expected to challenge for promotion again next season.
What’s been said?
According to Alan Nixon, the reason for the delay in the transfer is because of work permit complications that are currently affecting the player.
The official ruling has recently changed, which now means that many players that were not granted moves, would now be allowed to do so. However, the official rule around Flick is yet to be confirmed.
Flick is a former Germany U21’s midfielder and is still only 23. He has a unique level of experience which I believe would be useful to Ian Evatt’s men.
Whether the transfer goes through remains to be seen, however, I do think he would definitely strengthen the clubs midfield ahead of the 2023/24 League One season.