Werder Bremen are prepared to sell Per Mertesacker - sporting director

Klaus Allofs has revealed that no player is untouchable and that he would consider an offer for the Germany international, however, he would rather the defender stay than go
Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker could leave the club this summer after sporting director Klaus Allofs gave no assurances of the player's future in the Weserstadion.

Mertesacker celebrated his return to action from a three-month injury lay-off by helping his side overcome Everton 1-0 in their last preparatory game before the start of the Bundesliga season.

The 26-year old towering defender is seeking a new challenge and he could leave the club before the transfer window closes on August 31, according to Bild.

Allofs revealed Bremen's policy that no player, not even the star centre-back, is untouchable.

"This applies to all players, including Per [Mertesacker]. We gave them the promise to consider any serious offers" Allofs said after witnessing Mertesacker receive a standing ovation from the Bremen faithful on Tuesday.

"We have satisfied all positions in the team, so we can cope with a sale, but I would not like to let him go."

Bremen host Kaiserslautern in their first match of new Bundesliga campaign on Saturday.