Busy Summer Ahead for UCL Finalists Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund Fans (Wikimedia Commons)

Borussia Dortmund Fans (Wikimedia Commons)

This has been somewhat of a “dream” season for Borussia Dortmund. The German team was not able to win the Bundesliga, however, they were able to make it to the UEFA Champions League final, a match that has yet to be played. In the final, they will face their fierce league rivals, Bayern Munich, who have already secured the league title.

After the season is over there will be many questions to be answered. This summer might be one of Dortmund’s busiest ever, with Mario Gotze  already a confirmed transfer to Bayern and several other players linked with moves abroad. The Bavarians triggered Gotze’s release clause of 37 millions euros.

Dortmund has kept busy since the deal was announced last month. Christian Eriksen, the Ajax star has been speculated to be willing to move to Dortmund and would love the idea of playing in the Bundesliga. Eriksen who is one of Denmark’s top exports, has been playing for Ajax’s first team since 2010 and has already represented his country in major international tournaments.

Kevin De Bruyne has also stated that he has been following Dortmund’s performances this season and would welcome a transfer to the team. De Bruyne has been playing for Werder Bremen since last summer, however, his rights are owned by Premier League side Chelsea.

As the race for Gotze’s replacement heats up, Dortmund might also have to think about a replacement for their Champions League hero, Robert Lewandowski. The Polish hitman has announced that he will not re-sign with the team and will probably test free agency unless the team opts to make a profit from him in the summer.

Lewandowski has been on many team’s radar since the start of the season. Premier League champions Manchester United were thought to be in the lead for the striker until Bayern stepped in the way. The German giants have been strongly linked with the Polish striker this past month. Many news outlets have announced that the deal for Lewandowski is in the works; however, Dortmund want to wait and see if another team will hijack the star.

If Lewandowski leaves Dortmund this summer, his replacement would have to be a proven striker in order to satisfy the fans. The team has not fallen short of expectations for Lewandowski’s successor and one of three strong candidates have been rumored to become the next number 9 at Signal Iduna Park.

The three options that Borussia Dortmund are exploring are none other than Edin Dzeko from Manchester City, Jackson Martinez from Porto, and new Premier League sensation Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

Since the Lewandowski announcement, Dzeko, who has fallen down in the pecking order at City has become an attractive choice because of his similar style of play and his experience in the Bundesliga. Even though Dzeko’s wages are sky high, manager Jurgen Klopp has not ruled him out.

Colombia international Jackson Martinez has been one of the hottest strikers in Europe this season. The Porto player has scored 25 goals in 29 league games. But, Dortmund will have to battle Liverpool for the Colombian player.

Benteke has cemented himself as one of the deadliest strikers in the world this term. The Aston Villa player has caught the eye of many teams, scoring 19 goals. Benteke is wanted by many clubs in England, however it will take around 20 millions euros to move him to Germany.

To add to Dortmund’s dismantling, Gundogan and Lukas Piszczek are the latest rumored to leave the German team.

Gundogan who has played a big role in Borussia’s run to the Champions League final is thought to have been followed by Manchester United. The Red Devils are a team looking for a strong midfield presence since Paul Scholes will retire this year and Thomas Cleverley has been injured too often. If a deal is reached Gundogan will be reunited with his former teammate Shinji Kagawa.

Piszczek, on the other hand, is being scouted by Arsenal, who are looking for a replacement for Bacary Sagna. Piszczek has been playing well this year and a move to England would suit Arsenal very well.

Should all these players leave Borussia Dortmund will be left with a lot of money to start their new rebuilding project. On top of that money, there will be around ten to 10-20 million euros the club will receive when a new sponsorship deal with Turkish Airlines is announced.

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