Danilho Doekhi has the opportunity to start in the Bundesliga. According to The Telegraph the central defender of Vitesse is in the interest of 1. FC Union Berlin. The Gelderlander already speaks of a deal with a contract for four seasons. Doekhi has an expiring contract and for that reason leaves the Arnhem team for free. Earlier, Rangers seemed to have the best papers in the battle for the captain. PSV also inquired about the availability of Doekhi six months ago.
Watch the full interview with Danilho Doekhi from last February here.
With his approaching transfer-free status, Doekhi is a sought-after defender in Europe, because in addition to PSV, Rangers and Union Berlin, his name has also been linked to Dinamo Zagreb and Napoli. Vitesse picked Doekhi away from Jong Ajax three and a half years ago for 250,000 euros and that turned out to be a bull’s eye. The mandekker fought his way into the starting lineup almost immediately and so far played 110 matches in the Eredivisie, in which he was accurate 4 times. In total, the counter stands at 139 official matches. At Union, Doekhi enters Europe again. The club from Berlin is on track to qualify for the group stage of the Europa League.
According to the Gelderlander Union trumps a large number of clubs. VfB Stuttgart, Hertha BSC and Rangers also wanted to sign Doekhi. He was also in the picture at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Union is already assured of a European ticket with a current sixth place in the Bundesliga. With one round to go, the lead on pursuer 1. FC Köln is two points. Union will play at home against VfL Bochum on Saturday, while Köln has to go to Stuttgart on the final day. The number six qualifies for the group stage of the Europa League. As number seven, Köln is currently in a virtual qualifying place for the Conference League.
Union’s interest in Doekhi is the beginning of an apparent exodus at Vitesse, as Riechedly Bazoer, Eli Dasa and Oussama Darfalou are also leaving the club. They also have a transfer-free status. In addition, mercenaries Jacob Rasmussen, Yann Gboho, Loïs Openda and Adrian Grbic return to their actual employers. Vitesse had the opportunity to sell different players in the winter, but at the time gave priority to the sporty aspect, as the Arnhem team were still active on three fronts. In the end Ajax turned out to be too strong (5-0) in the cup, AS Roma was the final destination in the Conference League and now has to get a European ticket for next season via the play-offs.
The fact that Doekhi, like Bazoer, Dasa and Darfalou, will leave Vitesse on a free transfer this summer, does not evoke any guilt in him. “I don’t know if it was the club’s approach to earn something from me. I didn’t have the feeling that they wanted to sell me to get a transfer amount,” the captain told in February. Football zone† “The club wanted to extend with me, but I hope they also understand that I want to take a new step after four years. I think I’m ready for that. I didn’t want to just leave Vitesse in the winter either. winter is not the ideal time to make a transfer.”