Borussia Dortmund are working not only on strengthening its first team during the January transfer window, but it’s academy and reserve teams as well.
Rui Pedro from FC Porto B, Guillermo May from Club Nacional in Uruguay, and Morgan Sanson of Montpelier are all highly coveted by Dortmund this window. The first two would likely join one of Dortmund’s reserve teams until the end of the season while Sanson would likely be a senior signing.
The first academy star, Portuguese striker Rui Pedro, has performed well at both the club and international levels. In 17 matches with FC Porto B since January of 2015, Rui Pedro has scored four times. He made his debut with the first team on December 3 against Braga, scoring a game-winning goal in the clash to send Porto into third place in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Manchester City and Manchester United join Dortmund as the interested parties in the Portuguese starlet, according to Abola. With a release clause of €30 million, Dortmund might be seeing the next Renato Sanches come through its academy.
Uruguayan youngster Guillermo May has made a splash early in his career as well. Starring at the academy level for reigning Uruguay Primera Division champion Club Nacional, May has turned a lot of heads and has been widely surveyed across South America.
It was confirmed early Thursday morning that May would be heading to Dortmund for a trial camp in January as the German giants look to scout the Uruguayan in hopes of securing his signature.
Another rumor surfacing ahead of the New Year’s holiday is the potential transfer of Montpelier midfielder Morgan Sanson. According to France Football, Borussia Dortmund is especially ready to host negotiations for Sanson this winter or this coming summer at the very least.
Sanson was highly touted three seasons ago, but suffered a ligament tear in his knee forcing him out for a full year. The 22-year-old midfielder has shown excellent progress since returning to health and has once again attracted vast interest from Europe’s big clubs.
In France, Marseille and Lyon are looking to swoop the central midfielder from their league rivals. Abroad, English clubs Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion, along with Dortmund, are attempting to court Sanson this January.
With four years of experience in a European top flight, Sanson could fit with either BVB II or the first team squad and immediately make an impact.