BVB: Dortmund is the transfer winner - not only because of the additions
BVB squad improved and reduced: Dortmund is the big transfer winner - but not only because of the additions
Dortmund has upgraded its squad this summer. The eleven departures, which Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc skilfully negotiated, are as important as the four new entrants.
Hans-Joachim Watzke can not resist a small, cheerful twitching of the corners of his mouth. Whether the BVB boss probably thinks of the championship rivals FC Bayern, as he can tell the press four days before the Bundesliga start in peace, how Dortmund could act so sovereign in this transfer summer?
"We had a clear communication strategy right from the start, almost with the final whistle of the Gladbach game (Editor's note: on May 18), and as a result we had a clear transfer strategy, which Michael Zorc did very well. "
In June, BVB had almost 40 professionals in the squad
In fact, Dortmund presented on May 21, just three days after the last Bundesliga match day, national player Nico Schulz as the first new signing for the upcoming season. In the same week, Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard followed him to the Ruhr area, and a month later BVB announced the spectacular return of former leader Mats Hummels.
All four entrants have start-up potential, and all four arrivals came early enough to adjust to Lucien Favre's game system throughout the season.
Watzke and sports director Michael Zorc can only be complimented on these top transfers. However, at least as admirable is how consistently and financially profitable the BVB has slimmed its lush squad this summer.
For eleven reserve players BVB took 70 million euros
Eleven players from the second row could give the BVB, among them top earners such as André Schürrle and Shinji Kagawa. "We have reduced our squad to an acceptable size for us and we are approaching more and more the size of our squad," says Watzke four days before the start of the Bundesliga.
In addition to the saved salary of migrant players, Dortmund can also look forward to sales revenues of over 70 million euros. Abdou Diallo joined PSG for 32 million euros and Maximilian Philipp for 20 million euros for Dinamo Moscow.
The stripped-down squad is a chance for Dortmund's own crops
With the sales of Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), Kagawa (Real Zaragoza) and Sebastian Rode (Eintracht Frankfurt) Dortmund took another 14 million euros - for three players who would have difficulties to make it into the matchday squad of BVB.
There are also seven-digit loan fees for Schürrle (Spartak Moscow), Ömer Toprak (Werder Bremen) and Jeremy Toljan (Sassuolo).
21 seasoned field players are now available to Favre. In addition, the extremely talented midfielders Patrick Osterhage (19) and Tobias Raschl (19) from the A-youth in the professional squad on.
Dortmund therefore has a squad of optimal size, with which it should be possible to play in all three competitions front.
In the video: Swipe against Bayern? Watzke explains Dortmund's "very clear" transfer strategy