BVB is in 7th place, the championship is 13 (!) Points behind Bayern long ago. For Borussia it is now all about reaching the minimum goal, the Champions League, with all their might.
In the summer there should be a change in the black and yellow. With the season so far, the club bosses are – not surprisingly – anything but satisfied. “We are lagging behind our standards”, manager Michael Zorc had already planned the 2-4 bankruptcy in Gladbach said. (What a season without the Champions League would mean)
Jadon Sancho is a sales candidate at BVB
After SPORT1-Information, managing directors Hans-Joachim Watzke and Zorc firmly expect Jadon Sancho to leave. The 20-year-old superstar was about to move to Manchester United this summer. The “Reds” were ultimately not ready to pay the required transfer fee of 120 million euros.
You will probably not get the desired sum again. BVB, which expects a loss of 100 million euros due to the corona pandemic, will, however, rely on transfer proceeds to avoid losses and would probably let the player go for less money.
Decisive for the necessary change is also the question of where you will end up at the end of the season: In the premier class or in the Europa League for the first time since 2015? Missing the lucrative Champions League would set the club back in its development. Around 40 million euros would be missing in income. Instead of just Sancho, you would have to sell another star. (Comment: BVB needs a change!)
Dortmund’s dream player: Florian Neuhaus
Assuming that BVB reaches the Champions League, Florian Neuhaus is a hot candidate for a commitment. Like SPORT1 exclusively reported, Borussia is very interested in the Gladbach professional. The 23-year-old midfielder has a release clause of around 40 million euros in the summer. Bayern and Tottenham are also on.
One thing is clear: only when they reach the Champions League could Dortmund really get involved in the race for the talented national player.
The BVB bosses are totally enthusiastic about Neuhaus, who is strong in duels and dangerous for goals, and have been following his development for a long time. Young, talented, ambitious: Neuhaus fits into the loot scheme of the Pott Club, which has already brought German players such as Sebastian Rode (Bavaria), Julian Brandt (Leverkusen), Mahmoud Dahoud (Gladbach) or Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim) in the past. (Attention Bavaria! BVB also wants Neuhaus!)
At the moment it is still questionable which coach will implement the necessary change. Marco Rose is the ideal solution. BVB is willing to pay the release clause of around 5 million euros. A promise from the 44-year-old Gladbach trainer, who continues to omit a commitment to the foals, gave way SPORT1-Information but not yet.
BVB is planning the change!
In summer, the BVB-time of the “oldies” Lukasz Piszczek and Marcel Schmelzer ends. Felix Passlack’s and Marwin Hitz’s contracts are also running out. While the club would like to extend with Hitz (the player is still hesitant), he is planning without a passport.
The working papers of Dan-Axel Zagadou, Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels, Axel Witsel (Achilles tendon tear), Thomas Delaney, Tobias Raschl and Mahmoud Dahoud will end in summer 2022.
While the Dortmund team would like to extend Zagadou, all of the other players named – with the exception of Hummels – are potential sales candidates. Dahoud, which Monaco, Marseille and Sassuolo are currently interested in, should definitely be sold this summer.
The Dortmunders are also looking for a successor to Sancho for the wings. Manchester City’s 18-year-old Jayden Braaf is a candidate.
The position of the right defender, on which Thomas Meunier (came from Paris on a free transfer) so far, and the goalkeeper, on which Roman Bürki is currently wobbling, will also be monitored more closely for the rest of the season.
The alternative for black and yellow: Manuel Locatelli
Manuel Locatelli could also be a candidate for change. As SPORT1 found out, the Dortmunders wanted to get the Italian star from US Sassuolo in the summer. The change of the Italian national player, who still has a contract in Sassuolo until 2023, was broken. Locatelli, who is at home in defensive midfield, could become a hot candidate again after the season.
By the way: top striker Erling Haaland would stay despite the upheaval. The Norwegian only has a release clause of over 75 million euros in 2022.
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Overall, actors who are greedy and willing and who embody that on the pitch play a role in the bosses’ plans. The DNA of the squad is to be changed.
Big changes are imminent at BVB. A lot of work to be done by manager Michael Zorc. It is also decisive where Borussia Dortmund ends up at the end of the season: in the Champions League or in the Europa League?