After winning the domestic double for the first time in their history, Dortmund shattered the myth of being an one season wonder like Wolfsburg and Bremen in the past. The league was won with a record-breaking 81 points, in which Dortmund managed a 28 match unbeaten streak.
Being relatively new to the European game, Klopp’s men failed to progress from a tough group and could only manage 3 points as they finished 4th. But early departure from the Champions League did their domestic season a favour, as they had started the season slowly. They caught up momentum mid-season, and the rest is history. In their second successive Champions League adventure, Dortmund would like to improve on their showing and would be hoping to reach the knockout stages irrespective of the opposition. Playing European football has its own perks, and thus Klopp would be looking to attract world-class players, in an attempt to win a hat-trick of Bundesliga trophies, and also defend their recently won DFB Pokal crown.
The departures of Kagawa, Barrios could concern fans, but the very same fans would be licking their lips in anticipation as Reus returns home, and a number of high-profile players are linked including the former Bundesliga favourite Edin Dzeko. A huge summer for the club, one that could shape their season even before it begins.
Rumoured arrivals at the Signal Iduna Park
Marco Reus : Gladbach (£14 million)
This deal was almost done and dusted formally in January itself, as a pre-contract agreement was in place to bring the local boy home. Dortmund agreed upon a fee of 17.5 million euros with Gladbach beating off stiff competition from Real Madrid, Arsenal and Bayern Munich. With the departure of Shinji Kagawa and Lucas Barrios, Dortmund have captured one of the most talented attacking players in the game, for a price that might turn out to be a bargain. Reus has pace, vision and an eye for goal. Having already played a huge part in Gladbach’s success, Reus would be relishing the prospect of playing under Klopp.
The Perfect Fit?
The transfer makes sense in more ways than one. Who better to replace your club’s departing best attacking midfielder, than the league’s best midfielder? He can link up with forwards, and should form a partnership with Goetze, bringing together two of the most exciting young German talents. Get both of them scoring and supplying Lewandowski, and you might as well have one of the deadliest offensive juggernauts across Europe.
Luuk De Jong : FC Twente (£12 million)
A like-for-like replacement for Lucas Barrios who has left the Borrussian club for China. The Dutchman has racked up 29 goals in 36 games for FC Twente, and at just 21 years of age has a lot of promise. Dortmund might face severe competition for his services as English clubs Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle have already enquired about his availability. Bayern and Schalke are also known to be interested, thus making him a hot property this summer.
If the move goes through, he may not be the first choice striker, thanks to Dortmund’s Polish striker, but could play an effective deputy. If Lewandowski leaves, then it could be an altogether different scenario as Dortmund might be looking at other options, and his chances for a first team spot would increase manifold. If pulled off, this has the potential to be the signing of the season in the Bundesliga. Having said that, Dortmund must move quick, and negotiate well in order to convince the highly sought after Dutchman to join them.
Edin Dzeko : Manchester City (£ 16 million)
This is probably the unlikeliest transfer rumour doing the rounds. Manchester City have won the league, and have four world-class strikers in Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko and Balotelli. Aguero-Tevez are Mancini’s favoured starters, and that means a place on the bench for the Bosnian striker. The whispers are that City might look to offload their less important players, and a return to Germany looks likely for Dzeko. Earlier Bayern and now Dortmund have shown interest in acquiring his services. It works for Dortmund if they lose Lewandowski, and thus install Dzeko as their frontman. But, if Lewandowski stays this transfer just goes out of the window. Also the amount of money involved might be a cause of concern for the Borrussian club considering their recent debts.
Manolo Gabbiadini : Atlanta (8 million pounds)
The young Italian striker has attracted heavy interest from a lot of Italian clubs in the past 12 months, and reports are now suggesting that Dortmund have joined the race to capture his signature. His agent said “There is genuine interest from Borussia Dortmund for Gabbiadini,” talking to Sportal.it. The Italy U-21 hitman has not had much playing time, and has spent most of the time on the bench. But despite that, he got his debut goal in Atlanta colours this season. With 4 goals in 8 games, having spent minimal time on the pitch, big things are expected of the 20-year-old. Now whether he plies his trade in Italy or decides to move to Germany, only time will tell.
Nicklas Bendtner : Arsenal (£8 million)
The self-proclaimed best striker in the world has talked positively about a future in Germany. Dortmund look genuinely interested in the out of favour Arsenal striker. The big Dane has had a successful season scoring 11 times at Sunderland, where he was on loan. His form has caught many an eye, and impressive displays at the Euros may help Arsenal get a better sum from the deal. It’s evident that the Black-yellows are focusing on strengthening their attack, and this just seems the right deal. Though his agent might put a spanner in the works, and the personal terms could be detrimental if the deal has to go through, playing second fiddle has never suited the Dane, and thus long negotiations regarding a starting place are expected. On a probability meter, you would consider this deal to be 70% likely.
Rafal Wolski : Legia Warsaw (£4 million)
The young 19-year-old midfielder is being tracked by numerous German clubs, and is often compared to Mario Goetze. The Polish starlet has all the makings of a superstar, and like other celebrated players in the Dortmund side, is relatively unknown thus far. Klopp and co. have been on his trail for quite some time now, and a week back it appeared that they may have finally got their man, after his agent spoke about impending talks. However the move seems to have hit a roadblock, with many sources claiming the deal to have fallen through. No official word is received yet. Dortmund fans would hope it works out, as they would hate to lose out on such a talented player.
Time to say good-bye, possibly
The dynamic Japanese midfielder has called time on his German adventure, and has signed for Manchester United for a fee in the region of 12 million pounds, which could reach upto 17 million with add ons. His departure would leave a hole in the team, as he was omnipresent in the past two seasons.
Headed for Greener Pastures
Marco Reus and others coming into the team, will have huge boots to fill. The deal also means a huge profit for the German club, as they had bought the Japanese for a meager 350.000 euros. What he will add to the Red Devils, who will be his suitable replacement, only time will tell.
For a player who has netted 20 goals a season consistently for the past two seasons, transfer interest is palpable. But, Dortmund clearly don’t want to sell. But as they say, everything/one has a price, and if the suitors match Dortmund’s asking price, this move could well and truly develop into a saga. Since his time at Lech Poznan, Lewa has aimed to be one of the best targetmen across Europe. Representing the hosts in the Euros, he could attract numerous potential buyers if he lives upto the hype, thus propelling Poland to the knockout stages in front of their own fans.
The on-loan defender is touted to be the next Per Mertesacker. He has been loaned out to St. Pauli and could decide to make his move permanent after the end of the season. With no iota of doubt in his mind regarding the highly limited first team opportunities he would receive in the black-yellow of Dortmund, moving on to a new club could be the best move for the giant 6 feet 5 inches defender.
Written by Debarshee Mitra