The Bundesliga is back in less than four weeks for the 2021-22 season and the teams are preparing to improve on last season’s performance.
Borussia Dortmund will be one of the first to deal with their previous season and how they made the 3. can improveapprox Position that looked lost by the end of the season.
They ended the season with a good result with the DFB Cup victory against RB Leipzig, but they were far too inconsistent in the league and were below par in the Champions League run, where they finally failed in the quarter-finals against Manchester City.
And for this improvement to take place, the club has to change players before the start of the season FootTheBall looks at three players at Borussia Dortmund who can sell this summer.
There aren’t many players at Borussia Dortmund who are considered deadwood, but Marius Wolf does. The 26-year-old came to Signal Iduna Park in 2018 for 5 million euros, but has only been seen 23 times for the club in the last three seasons.
As a junior product of the academies of FC Nürnberg and 1860 Munich, Wolf came to Dortmund with a lot of pomp after his successful loan from Eintracht Frankfurt, in which he scored 6 goals and 10 assists from midfield.
Wolf plays for Dortmund in 2018. (Courtesy image: Borussia Dortmund / Website)
However, his first season with the Black and Yellows was not comparable to that in Frankfurt, after which he switched to Hertha BSC and FC Köln on loan for the last two seasons. In Cologne, Wolf showed a certain rise again after 33 appearances in the season, but could not show this in numbers as he only scored two goals and prepared another two, now mainly as a right winger.
Wolf plays for Cologne in the Bundesliga in the 2020/21 season. (Courtesy image: BVB Buzz / Website)
In an interview before the end of the season he was optimistic that there is still a future for him in Dortmund, but according to German media reports it looks like the 26-year-old is not in the plans of the new managing director Marco Rose. Firstly, his performances in Cologne do not necessarily inspire confidence, even after more than 30 games, and secondly, it will be impossible for him to score significant minutes in front of a stacked midfield and a talented line of strikers.
– Marius Wolf (@ mariuswolf27) July 6, 2021
Borussia Dortmund has to sell Marius Wolf to make room in the squad, but also for the benefit of the player so that his career does not stall.
This may be a hot recording, but listen to us. Erling Haaland will be leaving the Westfalenstadion next season, his release clause is around 75 million euros and compared to the prices paid for similar talent, the amount is a peanut in terms of Haaland’s skills.
Borussia Dortmund has not yet received an official offer for Haaland. BVB knows that Chelsea are interested, and their position is clear: If there is no “crazy” offer, it stays. 🟡🇳🇴 #BVB
If Haaland stays, the race will be open to many clubs next summer – 75 million euros release clause. #CFC
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 15, 2021
And although there aren’t many clubs in the market right now, compared to those who can be there next year, Borussia Dortmund can sell the Norwegian for around 110 to 130 million euros and cash in the extra money they could get this season, rather than losing, similar to the Jadon Sancho deal with Manchester United.
Haaland will be an important source of income for Borussia Dortmund if they sell him this summer. (Courtesy image: Bundesliga / website)
The Red Devils were ready to pay around 105 million euros for the English superstar in 2020, but the German club held on for a full 120 million euros, which left the winger for another season in Germany. And this year Borussia Dortmund agreed on a deal to sell Sancho for € 85 million, almost € 20 million less than United was willing to pay in 2020. And while that gap between the Sancho deal is relatively small, it can be a lot more when it comes to Haaland and its transfer fee.
At the moment, Chelsea and Manchester City appear to be the favorites to sign the former RB Salzburg striker, but with City planning to raid Tottenham for Harry Kane, Chelsea could be the only side in the driver’s seat.
🤩 Erling Haaland has scored 40 goals in 43 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund and has scored more than one goal per game in the Champions League (20 in 16 games)
😅 No wonder Chelsea aren’t giving up signing him this summer! pic.twitter.com/umO2TcVsif
– WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 15, 2021
If Borussia Dortmund can sell Haaland for around 120 million euros this season, they can generate around 200 million euros from the sales of their star attackers from last season alone and although they are having a hard time replacing them immediately, the money can in total Cadres will be intelligently reinvested which will surely help them in the long run.
CHANGE OF SCENES
In January, after the incident at the training ground with head coach Edin Terzic, it looked like the end of his career at Borussia Dortmund, but at the end of the season Mahmoud Dahoud was one of the regulars in the overcrowded midfield.
And while there are reports from Germany pointing to a contract extension for Dahoud as the current one expires next year, the season is far from confirmed due to the presence of Thomas Delaney, the appearance of Jude Bellingham and the miracle return of Axel Witsel after his Achilles tendon injury. Even Emre Can plans to return to midfield in new coach Marco Rose’s 4-2-3-1 after appearing mostly as the third center-back in Terzic’s back three.
Witsel’s amazing recovery from his injury could jeopardize Dahoud’s position in Dortmund midfield. (Courtesy image: Bundesliga / website)
Since moving from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2017, Dahoud has played 3,659 minutes in the league for Dortmund, but considering that 18-year-old Gio Reyna has already played more than half of it since he was promoted from youth 18 months ago is gloomy read for our moustached midfielder.
At 25 it is the right time for the German to move on in order to make the most of a promising career and while he may want to fight for his place at Dortmund it will be tough as it will be for so many of them next to him in Midfield.
Borussia Dortmund can make a good profit if they can sell Dahoud this summer. (Courtesy image: BVB Buzz / Website)
And with Serie A, Premier League and La Liga clubs interested in his services, Borussia Dortmund may want to sell him this summer and make a profit, and Dahoud might as well get his career back on track.
Even if Borussia Dortmund doesn’t sell any of the above three players and use them in the coming season, it wouldn’t help them take Bayern Munich’s crown from the champions as the squad isn’t up to the level to be a title contender, more so after the departure of Jadon Sancho.
You might as well just sell one player in Erling Haaland and use the money to invest heavily in the squad and get it ready for at least the 2022/23 season.