Borussia Dortmund have started their preparations for the new season, winning both their first two warm-up matches. On Thursday, they travelled to Kirchberg, Austria, for the first of two pre-season training camps.
The club’s officials are still on the search for reinforcements, with chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke saying in a press conference on Wednesday that there’ll be activity in both ways of the transfer market.
Here’s a round-up of the latest transfer rumours.
Linked with: Atletico Madrid
Fee: Est. €45m – €60m
Not that this transfer ever was likely, but Sport Bild reported on Wednesday that it is completely out of the question that Dortmund will sell their star striker this summer.
Linked with: Liverpool (among others)
Fee: Est. €5m – €10m
In a press conference on Tuesday, head coach Thomas Tuchel said that “Kuba played a very strong Euros.” He added: “He’ll return to us after his vacation and then we’ll sit down and have a talk. We’ll discuss his situation, his role within our team, what he expects and what we think.”
Linked with: Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Cologne
Sources: Bild, Sky Sports
Fee: Est. €8m – €14m
The Serbian defender remains absent from the team, having been excused from training in order to facilitate his transfer and didn’t travel to Kirchberg. An announcement can be expected soon.
Current Club: VfL Wolfsburg
Contract until: 2019
Sources: Bild, Sport Bild, Kicker
Fee: Est. €32m – €35m
Positions: Left wing, attacking midfield, striker
The 2014 FIFA World Cup winner has continuously been linked with Dortmund for weeks and it seems a break through has now been reached. Kicker report on Thursday that club and player have agreed on a five-year contract. Our own Luca Gierl tried to make sense of a signing that would be rather controversial here.
Current club: Bayern Munich
Contract Until: 2017
Sources: Bild, Sport Bild, Kicker
Fee: Est. €20m – €25m
Positions: Attacking midfield, central midfield, false nine
The 24-year-old has reportedly told his Germany team-mates during the Euros that he’d leave Bayern in the summer after all. According to Sport Bild, Dortmund are a possible destination for him. They write that BVB are “doing everything” to sign him. Kicker, meanwhile, also confirm that Dortmund want both him and Schürrle. Reports from England suggest that Tottenham are no longer interested in him. We discussed the pros and cons of a potential return of the former Dortmund prodigy here.
Current club: Bayer Leverkusen
Contract Until: 2018
Sources: Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Rheinische Post, Kicker
Fee: Est. €22m – €25m
The 26-year-old former Turkey international has made clear he wants to move to Dortmund, as Stefan Buczko relayed here. Local media suggest that Toprak could finally join BVB if Leverkusen sign Austria international Aleksandar Dragovic as his replacement. Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt has admitted that he can’t be sure his defender will still be at the club after the transfer window closes. Toprak can reportedly leave the club for €12m next summer, which is why Dortmund may be reluctant to pay Leverkusen what they this year.
Current club: Real Madrid
Contract Until: 2021
Sources: Bild, Sport Bild
Fee: Est. €25m
Position: Central midfield
The 22-year-old Croatia international was supposed to be Dortmund’s plan B for Schürrle, oddly enough considering they play different positions, and remains atop BVB’s wish list for the summer according to Sport Bild. It seems more than unlikely that the club signs him in addition to Schürrle and Götze, however.
Current club: Newcastle United
Contract Until: 2019
Sources: Shields Gazzette
Fee: Est. €30m – €40m
Position: Central midfield, right wing
It would seem the France international has played himself out of Dortmund’s price range with strong performances at the Euros, but local media suggests BVB are considering to test Newcastle’s resolve to hold on to the player. Quite frankly, this one doesn’t make much sense.