The rumor mill is churning and churning, as the transfer window is finally coming to a close soon. It has been reported by several sources, with Kicker leading the way, that Borussia Dortmund are still looking to offload a couple of players. Thomas Tuchel has emphasized often enough that he doesn’t like bloated squads, but would rather work closely.
So it comes as little to no shock, that Kevin Kampl is on his way to Bayer Leverkusen (as Ruhrnachrichten and Der Westen report) although he never quite arrived in Dortmund. After joining from RB Salzburg in January for €12 million, Kampl has found it hard to show his talents in the Bundesliga. He arrived at Borussia Dortmund at a rather unfortunate situation (a mild understatement) and couldn’t quite live up to his price tag ever since – it has to be added that several other players also failed to live up to their price tag last season. Now again it seems like the offensive midfielder cannot overcome the status of a squad player at BVB, as the competition is simply too tough. In the preseason under Thomas Tuchel Kevin Kampl simply failed to impress. Would he leave before he really got the chance to showcase his talents? Surely – and he might turn out to be a great player at Bayer Leverkusen, which might* leave Borussia Dortmund with regret.
But, for Kampl a nice out is presenting itself, as he is answering the call of his old mentor Roger Schmidt, who already wanted to guide him to Bayer last January. The way RB Salzburg played under Schmidt isn’t too for off from how the Werkself is playing now. A highly aggressive playing style, for which Kevin Kampl is perfectly suited. *Which is why he might blossom in Leverkusen, while he would wilt in Dortmund.
It’s no coincidence that the news breaks the day after Bayer Leverkusen sold Son Heung Min to Tottenham for around €30 million and qualified for the Champions League group stages in style by swiftly tossing Lazio into the Europa League (Go Fünfjahreswertung). The Rhine side just had a massive €50 million pay-day and are looking for a replacement in offensive midfield – a good match, since Borussia Dortmund are well advised to at least not make yet another loss on a player, which they probably will, because it’s their thing. But all in all there are hardly any arguments speaking against this transfer.
Most Borussia Dortmund fans are even airing a sigh of relieve, assuming that fan favourite Jakub Blaszczykowski will stay on after all. And yours truly can surely emphasize, but nothing is certain on that matter until the transfer window slams shut. After all the Pole must pick up a considerable amount of game time, if he is looking to be prepared for the Euros. It’s hard to estimate when Kuba will be fully fit and if he is, how much time he’ll be granted. There is little chance, he will get past the Reus – Kagawa – Mkhitaryan phalanx. Rotation and injuries might fall into his favour though, but BVB seem to be interested in yet another offensive midfielder along Park Joo-Hoo from Mainz as Schmelzer backup.
Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj has been linked with the black and yellows – also by Ruhrnachrichten, who are the most veritable source, when it comes to rumors surrounding Borussia Dortmund. But whether the interest turns into an actual transfer remains to be seen. Nowadays it feels like even Leicester City are able to outspent BVB. The 20-year-old Belgium will hardly consider a club, where he won’t be a likely starter.
Since Thomas Tuchel stated, that he sees Jeremy Dudziak in a more offensive role than as left-back, he should rather find a way to promote Dortmund’s own youth-product. Though, a couple more questions remain: Where will Moritz Leitner end up and is Kevin Großkreutz on his way out or given a chance? We are in for a prickly few days until the importunate Deadline Day is over.