Borussia Dortmund starts the next attempt to get closer to FC Bayern Munich again. The current season is not over yet, but BVB’s squad restructuring is in full swing. Three German national players are already fixed for the new season, but Torgarant Erling Haaland is leaving the area. More additions are likely to come.
Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck and Karim Adeyemi. Süle and Schlotterbeck should give stability to the always vulnerable Dortmund defense. Above all, Süle will have to prove whether he is the right man for it. The 26-year-old, who repeatedly showed serious dropouts, was no longer good enough for Bayern. No fee was due for the powerhouse.
For Schlotterbeck, who is showing a very strong season at SC Freiburg, the runner-up paid around 20 million euros. “I’m in the mood for the club,” said Schlotterbeck. Words that future Dortmund sports director Sebastian Kehl will be happy to hear. Because the licensed player boss wants to pay particular attention to identification in future transfers.
That should also be present in the king transfer Adeyemi. “As a little boy, I was fascinated by black and yellow fast-paced football. That’s why it quickly became clear to me that I’d like to switch to BVB when I found out about Dortmund’s interest,” said the national striker, who comes from Red Bull Salzburg for a good 30 million euros and should liven up the attacking game on the wing.
The departure of goal machine Erling Haaland is not yet finally fixed. However, the listed BVB and Manchester City announced on Tuesday that there was agreement and only the final details had to be finalized.
Dortmund lose a goal guarantee in Norway: In 88 competitive games, Haaland has scored a whopping 85 goals since moving in early 2020. With these values, the 21-year-old was able to choose his new club in the end. Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester – they are said to have courted him until the end. Others, such as FC Bayern or FC Liverpool, had long since dismissed the sums called for. City won the race in the end.
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It is also clear that Roman Bürki, Alex Witsel, Marcel Schmelzer, Reinier and Marin Pongracic will leave Dortmund. However, the sporting losses are within limits compared to Haaland.
In Schlotterbeck and Süle, the club brought in the central defender duo of the future. It therefore seems unlikely that Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou will remain. For the Swiss, whose contract expires in 2023, BVB could collect a small sum this summer. Zagadou’s working paper expires at the end of this season, an extension is not in sight.
Substitute keeper Marwin Hitz is said to have offers from Augsburg and Basel that he too could leave the club. BVB is apparently not averse to requests for Thorgan Hazard, Julian Brandt and Raphael Guerreiro. Those responsible are urgently looking for a buyer for Nico Schulz. The future of super talent Youssoufa Moukoko is unclear.
Above all, a replacement for Haaland should be sought. Because Adeyemi is more of a winger. There have recently been rumors about ex-Frankfurt Sebastien Haller from Ajax Amsterdam and Hugo Ekitike from Stade Reims. In the Haller case, Ajax should not be willing to talk for less than 35 million euros.
Ramy Bensebaini from Borussia Mönchengladbach is traded for the defensive flank. The Algerian was once greeted there by the current Dortmund coach Marco Rose. It seems questionable here, however, whether Bensebaini will bring the identification with the club demanded by Kehl.
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