The summer transfer window is winding down, but it appears that Spanish La Liga side Mallorca might have one more move in store as they are reportedly in talks with 2. Bundesliga’s Schalke for the young striker.
According to a report in the Spanish press, Schalke, which was relegated from the Bundesliga last season, is willing to sell the 20-year-old at a price of 3.5 million dollars as the club is in need of cash.
Mallorca has become the latest club to express interest in the 6-3 striker after being tracked by others in France, England, as well as in Germany.
Hoppe caught the attention of many last season when he bagged a hat-trick for the Royal Blues in a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim to help them snap at the time a 30-game winless streak. He also entered the history books as he became the first American to achieve the feat in Germany’s top-flight. In total, he scored six goals in 23 appearances.
On the international stage, Hoppe would play a vital role in the U.S. men’s national team winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer as he played in five games and score the winner in their quarterfinal game against Jamaica.
Prior to making the move to Germany, Hoppe spent time at the LA Galaxy Academy and the Barca Residency Academy in Arizona.
Mallorca is owned by Robert Sarver who also owns the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. Steve Nash and former U.S. men’s national team member Stuart Holden have minority stakes in the club that currently sits in sixth place in the La Liga standings.