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Scouting the Euros for Dortmund Transfer Targets

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Borussia Dortmund has made a lot of noise in the transfer market so far this year, bidding and being linked to many of Europe’s and the world’s top players. Many players under Dortmund’s radar are playing internationally this summer, especially at the European Championship.

With Matchday 1 in the Euro Group Stage and the entire Copa America group stage complete, let’s see how Dortmund’s transfer targets have performed so far:


TARGETS

Portugal v Iceland - Group F: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Raphael Guerreiro - POR

Guerreiro and Portugal overpowered Iceland for much of the opening match, but only managed a 1-1 draw. Guerreiro was involved all over the pitch, generating chances on offense while limiting the few chances Iceland tried to create. His performance was certainly one to be proud of at his first Euros.

The Portugese left-back from Lorient is almost certain to join Dortmund this summer, with German media outlets Kicker and Bild both hinting that the deal is already complete. Guerreiro can also play left-midfield, making him one of Europe’s most valuable assets.

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Oleksandr Zinchenko - UKR

One of the world’s most promising young players, Zinchenko came on as a late substitute against Germany in a 2-0 defeat. Earning just his fourth cap, the youngster couldn’t do much against a high-powered German side.

Linked with Dortmund for a couple of months, Zinchenko is reportedly deciding between BVB and Manchester City. The FC Ufa product has visited Dortmund, but it will be difficult for the German side to match big-money bids from Man City.

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Andriy Yarmolenko - UKR

Starting for Ukraine in its 2-0 defeat to Germany, Yarmolenko struggled to find a finishing touch. Yarmolenko played all 90 minutes in the loss for Ukraine, even playing alongside Zinchenko for the final 16 minutes.

Originally on Dortmund's radar in January, Yarmolenko is still capturing the interest of BVB, but will likely sign in the Premier League instead. Although, if Henrikh Mkhitartan is to leave Dortmund this summer, don't be surprised if Yarmolenko is called upon to replace him.

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Shkodran Mustafi - GER

The center-back notched his first career international goal in the 19th minute against Ukraine in a 2-0 German victory. Mustafi’s header set the tone early, and despite Ukraine's chances, Mustafi helped Germany keep a clean sheet en route to a crucial three points.

Dortmund inquired about the Valencia center-back, but his asking price still seems a bit high. With the addition of Marc Bartra into the Dortmund squad, Mustafi is looking less likely to join Dortmund this summer. Scouts will continue to monitor the German defender.

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Oguzhan Ozyakup - TUR

Starting at central midfield for Turkey, Ozyakup struggled to create chances in a 1-0 loss for Turkey against Croatia. Ozyakup, who made Turkish Super Lig Team of the Season, was subbed out at halftime for former Dortmund target Volkan Sen.

The Besiktas midfielder underwhelmed in his side’s Euro opener, but is still a promising young starlet who could become a key member of any squad instantly. Dortmund will continue to eye the midfielder throughout his Euros campaign.

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Kamil Glik - POL

Glik picked up a yellow card in Poland’s first ever victory at the Euros as the White Eagles beat Northern Ireland, 1-0. Glik made life difficult for the Northern Ireland attack to help preserve a clean sheet.

Still on Dortmund’s radar, the chances of Glik in a BVB kit next season are slim following the arrival of Marc Bartra. However, Glik is still being monitored by Dortmund scouts, especially as the Euros progress further and if Poland continues to perform well.

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Mateo Kovacic - CRO

The Real Madrid midfielder went unused as a substitute in Croatia's Euro opener. Only recently linked with a move to Dortmund, the transfer still seems very unlikely to happen. Despite Kovacic’s potential, Dortmund will have to stave off heavy competition to secure his signature.

Austria v Hungary - Group F: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

Aleksandar Dragovic - AUT

The center-back saw yellow twice during his opening match against Hungary. Without Dragovic, Austria struggled to create offense and couldn’t stop the relentless Hungarian attack, falling 2-0.

Dortmund is battling Bayer Leverkusen for the signature of the Dynamo Kiev defender this summer. It appears that Dortmund are now all-set at center back, but could still potentially be in the market to add depth to their defense.

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Gabriel - BRA

One of very few South American player still currently on the Dortmund radar, Gabriel and his Brazil team were shockingly ousted from the Copa America Centenario by a "hand-of-god" goal by Peru. Brazil finished tied for first in their group on points, but dropped to third on goal differential.

Gabriel had an impressive tournament, despite only scoring one goal against Haiti. The 19-year-old showed signs of becoming one of the world’s most prolific attackers. Currently playing for Santos FC, Gabriel seems destined to follow a similar path to Neymar by heading to Europe. Whether his final destination will be Dortmund remains to be seen.


NEW PLAYERS

Marc Bartra - ESP

Bartra was an unused substitute in Spain's opening match victory over the Czech Republic. With both Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos in front of him, it is unlikely Bartra will see much playing time during the Euros.

Emre Mor - TUR

Mor made his Euros debut against Croatia coming on as a late substitute. The youngster made an immediate impact, making dangerous, barnstorming runs down the middle of the field and creating a myriad of chances. After his abbreviated outing yesterday, Dortmund fans should be extremely excited for this youngster to play in Dortmund.