The departure of Ilkay Gündogan may not be mourned by the fans, but he will be an enormous loss on the field and in Thomas Tuchel’s system. The playmaker played an excellent season and will join Manchester City together with Pep Guardiola.
BVB fans may not lose too many tears over the 25-year-old German international. His desire to play for a bigger club was never kept a secret. Only his serious injuries stopped earlier transfers.
On the field Gündagoan was an excellent central midfielder, with a good eye for passes, a strong shot and excellent vision. To close the gap will not be an easy task for the scouts and management of BVB.
Candidate No.1: The relentless
Mahmoud Dahoud played a magnificent season for Borussia Mönchengladbach. With five goals and nine assists he was integral for Gladbach to finish 4th in the league and the possible qualification for the Champions League.
Dahoud is fast and dangerous. Being just 20 years of age, he is still very adaptive and can be molded by Thomas Tuchel. However, he already is a capable midfielder.
He runs more than 12 kilometres per match on a regular basis. He says he would feel uninvolved if he did not run constantly.
The only problem: Gladbach’s management will not let this talent go easily. Max Eberl declared Dahoud is not for sale.
BVB would probably have to invest more than €25 million. Additionally, Dahoud is also a candidate for Jürgen Klopp’s FC Liverpool, but for what it’s worth being linked with LFC can be a good sign, going by Ousmane Dembélé and Marc Bartra.
Candidate No.2: The wanted one
Ajax midfielder Riechedly Bazoer is on the shopping list of many European top clubs. Chelsea, Manchester City, Juventus , Barcelona and FC Bayern are all after the 19-year-old talent. With four goals and four assists, he ruled the midfield in Amsterdam.
He pulls the strings in Ajax’s offense and has a huge presence on the field. €25 million is the estimated transfer fee for the 19-year-old, which Dortmund could pay with the cash from the Gündogan transfer. The only obstacle would be the huge competition.
Candidate No 3: The comeback
Nuri Sahin had a huge part in the first Bundesliga championship under Jürgen Klopp in 2011. He conducted Borussia Dortmund’s attacks from central midfield with dangerous passes and shots from distance.
After his odyssey through Europe he is still in search of his old form. Several injuries stopped him in his tracks and the competition in his position was too strong to get regular playing time.
If Thomas Tuchel manages to bring Sahin into shape throughout the summer preparations, he could win a very effective player from within.
The 27-year-old, who debuted for the seniors in 2005 at the age of 16 and still holds the record for the youngest Bundesliga debutant, should soon be in his prime. A fit Nuri Sahin could compensate for the loss of Ilkay Gündogan.
He has a lot of international experience and if it’s anything to go by, he will wear the No. 8 on his back in the coming season. Regaining his form with the Turkish national team, as well in the preseason, will be key for Sahin’s future at Borussia Dortmund.