It's been a busy few days for Valon Behrami. The wantaway Napoli midfielder had a bid for him lodged by Hamburg SV on Tuesday, flew to Hamburg yesterday, and today has passed his medical, meaning his deal is all but done.
It's not quite ready to announce yet. Dietmar Beiersdorf, who runs the operations side of HSV, said that the deal is awaiting the finalization of details and will be announced on Saturday. Beiersdorf is apparently a long-time fan of Behrami, as the German reportedly tried to get his signature multiple times while he was Hamburg's sporting director between 2003 and 2009.
The deal is believed to be worth €4.5 million and carries a €1 million bonus for Behrami reaching 20 games played with the German side. Some reports, however, have the deal as low as €3.2 million, though the higher figure has been the more commonly reported one.
The Swiss international reportedly turned down deals that were more valuable for Napoli in preference to a move to Germany. That's unfortunate and annoying, but hardly surprising. Behrami wants to play a larger role, and proposed moves to Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, or Tottenham Hotspur wouldn't have given him that. In Hamburg, he gets exactly what he wants.
We'll bring you the official announcement of Behrami's move once it's been made.