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Is Austria facing a turbulent transfer window?

After losing 1-0 at home to Wolfsberger AC, Wiener Austria went into the winter break in seventh place in the table. Will there now be a reaction in January? Aleksandar Dragovic should be an issue.

Wiener Austria is not completely satisfied with the start of the 2022/2023 season. That came out of one sky-Interview with sports director Manuel Ortlechner. “We were eliminated in the cup against a regional league team, in the conference league we fell short of our expectations,” analyzed Ortlechner, who only finds the violets in seventh place in the table.

Will the squad be readjusted in the January transfer window? One thing is clear: the economic situation in Favoriten is not yet relaxed. “It’s important for us to see which players we can plan with from January 3 (players returning from vacation, note) to know whether we should still do something on the transfer market,” said Ortlechner.

Ortlechner: “Big leaps are not yet possible”

For any newcomers, however, departures are probably necessary beforehand. In the sky-Live broadcast was speculated about a possible move from Can Keles to Turkey, Haris Tabakovic could go on loan to Austria Lustenau. A departure from James Holland is also not excluded, who was not in the squad against the WAC like Billy Koumetio for sporting reasons.

“There have been a few committee meetings in the last few days, I know our account balance. It’s possible that one or the other player is not satisfied and that the budget will be freed up by departures. It’s still tricky, big leaps are not yet possible,” so Ortlechner on possible January transfers.

Will Dragovic return to favorites?

According to rumours, a possible newcomer could be called Aleksandar Dragovic – the 31-year-old, 100-time ÖFB team player is currently under contract with Roter Stern Belgrade and learned to play football in the Austria jersey.

Dragovic should move back to Vienna – but it is questionable how he can be financed for Austria. Board member Gerhard Krisch also confirmed that the club is not yet out of the woods financially: “Of course, the international competition has helped us, but the financial strain will remain. That will be with us for a few years to come. It is a great challenge to further develop stability here and put the club on a more stable footing financially.”


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