The Hard Tackle brings you a complete roundup of this week’s latest transfer rumours surrounding Borussia Dortmund.
In our new series, the Hard Tackle will cover the latest transfer news and rumours surrounding Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga giants have been quite active in the transfer market over the past few years now and have recently made a statement by signing Erling Braut Haaland.
And in this round-up, we will be taking a look at some of the hot topics that have surfaced throughout the course of the week. But before heading further, it is fair to point out that we will be dividing this round-up into two parts – arrivals and departures so you guys can get a more comprehensive overview of this weekly round-up.
Dortmund have already gotten rid of Julian Weigl earlier this January. The German international moved to SL Benfica after failing to live up to his expectations following the departure of Thomas Tuchel.
And, if reports from media outlets like Bild or kicker are to believed, they might soon have to deal with another departure. Indeed. Paco Alcacer is now keen on leaving Germany following the arrival of Haaland, who he believes could minimise his overall game-time. (via @GGFN on Twitter)
Alcacer has had a difficult season so far, struggling with an injury while coach Lucien Favre has often preferred Marco Reus in the number nine position even when he has been fit. And with Haaland scoring a hat-trick on his debut, it’s unlikely that the ex-Barcelona star has any future at Dortmund.
Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, are ready to invest in Dortmund outcast Jacob Bruun Larsen. The Eagles want to sign the Dane on loan, although the Black and Yellows are keen on offloading him permanently. (kicker via OneFootball)
Frankfurt are playing the right card, knowing Bruun Larsen has struggled to perform in the Bundesliga. But, given his talent, coupled with the fact that Adi Hutter does lack a reliable alternative for Filip Kostic, a loan move would make a lot of sense.
In other and probably less important news, Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich has backed his club to sign Jadon Sancho. The Blues have emerged as the frontrunners in the race to sign the Dortmund winger, who could leave the club next summer. Frank Lampard is even willing to meet Sancho’s £120 million valuation. (The Sun)
Borussia Dortmund were reportedly interested in the services of Lukas Klostermann (Bild via OneFootball). The potential arrival of the RB Leipzig star would make a lot of sense, especially considering the ageing Lukasz Piszczek while Achraf Hakimi is set to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
However, Leipzig are confident that Klostermann will sign a new contract. And even if he refuses to commit his long-term future in east Germany, BVB could face stiff competition from Bayern Munich, meaning the chances of signing this quality right-back are pretty slim at the moment.
Now, speaking of Piszczek, the 34-year-old right-back apparently wants to keep on playing for another season, though his existing contract at Dortmund expires at the end of the ongoing campaign. The BVB board is expected to come up with a decision regarding his future within the next month. (Ruhr Nachrichten via @Ballzirkulation on Twitter)
Piszczek was horrendous in the sensational 5-3 win over FC Augsburg. So honestly, it would be wiser for him to hang up his boots at the end of the season and seal his status as a club legend. He even featured in the Hard Tackle’s pick for Dortmund’s team of the decade!
By the way, Die Schwarzgelben must sign a new defender in January, which is why they are reportedly keeping tabs on Marash Kumbulla of Hellas Verona. The youngster has impressed the onlookers with his performances in Serie A, though the German outfit could face stiff competition from Manchester United and Chelsea. (Sky Sports via Sempre Inter)
And finally, we return to Sancho. Only this time, it is believed that Dortmund are now preparing to get on with their search for a potential replacement for the Englishman, in case he departs the club in the summer, which he most likely will. Dortmund have also expressed their need for a new robust midfielder, which does make sense following the exit of Weigl coupled with Thomas Delaney’s injury. (Ruhr Nachrichten via @Ballzirkulation on Twitter)
But, they do have other options, especially with Tobias Raschl and Giovani Reyna likely to play a more important role in the first-team during the Ruckrunde. (Ruhr Nachrichten via @Ballzirkulation on Twitter). The latter recently made his Bundesliga debut in the game against Augsburg, becoming the youngest American to feature in the German top flight.