With the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan, the signing of Erling Braut Haaland, the young Norwegian striker of 19 years, in Dortmund constitutes the most spectacular movement of the winter transfer window, which officially opens this Wednesday at midnight. But at BVB Dortmund, the big maneuvers are launched. The future opponent of PSG in the eighth finals of the Champions League (February 18 – March 11) is about to change its workforce in proportions that go beyond simple retouching.
Haaland reinforces an attack in which Paco Alcacer was sometimes unable to participate, injured. Consequently, the Spaniard, quoted at 25 million euros on the transfer market, is looking for a way out. It has been regularly announced for a few days at Atlético de Madrid, which is looking for a center forward. Which will not be Edinson Cavani, in lack of playing time at PSG, as we revealed this Monday on leparisien.fr. Another BVB player will be leaving Dortmund this winter. He is an acquaintance of PSG: it is Julian Weigl.
Departures expected to relieve the locker room
The German had almost left North Rhine-Westphalia last winter, tracked by PSG. But Dortmund had opposed dismissal, forcing the capital’s club to turn to Leandro Paredes, enlisted for 47 million euros. Weigl, a midfielder most often used in defense, finally signed up with Benfica Lisbon. Finally, Mario Götze is announced on the side of Hertha Berlin, who is looking for this profile since he also surveyed the Parisian Julian Draxler.
If Dortmund is preparing for a very active transfer window, it is because it must degrease. Not for financial but social reasons. The first part of the season was marked by tensions in the locker room, with several important elements frustrated by their playing time. The same reasons that push some PSG players today – Cavani, Draxler, Kurzawa – to scrutinize the opportunities of this winter transfer window. But their wages, higher than in Dortmund for example, complicate a possible departure.