Apparently there was more to the failed Oliver Torres signing than we knew.
DW is reporting that Torres’ failed transfer to Dortmund from Atletico Madrid has been the cause of a rift between Thomas Tuchel and BVB’s chief scout.
Tuchel fell out with Sven Mislintat earlier this year over the failed signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Oliver Torres and the two men have endured a difficult professional relationship.
Nevertheless, despite interest from Bundesliga rivals Hamburger SV and second division neigbours Fortuna Düsseldorf, kicker report that Dortmund are determined to retain Mislintat's services and are even set to offer him a promotion.
Mislintat has been Borussia Dortmund's chief scout since 2009. His department is credited with successfully negotiating the transfers of Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,Raphael Guerreiro and Ousmane Dembele, making the 43-year-old one of the most respected scouts in professional football.
Well this certainly isn’t good news! Any sort of major fight between higher-ups in the club is worrying, especially when the two participants have not even spoken to each other in months. Day-to-day operations at the club haven’t been affected, as Mislintat works under Michael Zorc, not Thomas Tuchel.
This would be the first time that Tuchel has publicly had issues with any Dortmund staff. Tuchel took the helm at BVB in 2015 after he was poached from Mainz.
The article also claims that Tuchel was angry with Mislintat over his “sloppy” appearance around the training center and stadium. It also mentions that Mislintat is frequently seen smoking around the club.
A promotion for Mislintat would seemingly only make the problem worse, but hopefully these two can eventually get past their differences. Or hopefully they can at least learn to talk and be civil with each other again.