According to local Bremen publication Weser Kurier, Werder Bremen is in talks with AZ Alkmaar about the transfer of Aron Johannsson, and a move could be surprisingly close.
The report states that Werder Bremen sporting director Rouven Schröder attended the June USA friendly vs. Germany in Cologne which the USMNT won 2-1, and Johannsson started and played 74 minutes.
American Soccer Now’s Brian Sciaretta has confirmed this report, saying the two sides are just around $1 million off in valuation, with Bremen’s initial offer of $4.4 million being rejected with AZ asking for $5.5 million.
Although the switch from the Dutch Eredivisie to Germany’s top flight would be theoretically considered a step up, moving from AZ to Bremen would see Johannsson lose the ability to play in the Europa League, at least for next season. Bremen finished 10th in the Bundesliga last year, below a European place.
However, a move to Germany would be smart for Johannsson in the sense that the Bundesliga style of play translates well to the Eredivisie, and he would likely thrive. The 24-year-old had an injury-plagued campaign last year, managing nine goals in 21 league appearances for AZ, but the season before he was prolific, leading the club with 17 league goals and 26 across all competitions.
Johannsson has already begun his new season with AZ, coming on as a halftime substitute in a 2-0 win over Turkish club Medipol Basaksehir on July 30 in a Europa League qualifier.