- Dahoud update
Mahmoud Dahoud will probably wear a black and yellow jersey next season. Just about every single German sports outlet has reported it as a done deal. Dahoud seems to prefer Dortmund over all the other interested teams and some reports even say that he has already met with Tuchel and has looked for houses in Dortmund. While a deal seems to be all but done it is still unknown if he has a release clause or not. Such a clause would make it a lot easier for Zorc to get the midfielder but there is no confirmation that it exists.
Neither Borussia Dortmund nor Borussia Mönchengladbach have made a statement about the situation and it is unlikely that they will do it until it is clear that both teams won't meet in the DFB Cup final or until BVB will have to trigger his release clause if he has one.
- BVB chasing youngsters
Borussia Dortmund have made a name for themselves as a team that is able to develop young players into stars. Either they develop them themselves in the excellent BVB-youth system like they did with Felix Passlack, Nuri Sahin or Mario Götze or they buy them at a very young age and try to polish them like they did with Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembélé. The recent success of Borussia Dortmund is largely because Zorc, Mislintat (head of scouting) and Lars Ricken (head of youth development) have done a tremendous job in that regard.
Now it seems that they are interested in possibly the next generation of those players. Dortmund are reportedly trying to raid some of Europe's biggest clubs. The new targets are Marc Cucurella (18) from Barcelona and Chris Willock (19) from Arsenal London. Cucurella is a left back that has gone through Barca's famous La Masia youth academy that has produced some of the sports brightest stars and Willock is a winger who is currently playing for Arsenals U23 team. Since both of them have expiring contracts they would be low risk/high reward signings for the black and yellows.
- Reus and Rode comebacks
Marco Reus has been out since early march but it looks like he'll be back soon. While he is still not able to participate in team practices he's at least back on the field doing individual sessions with assistant coaches. BVB will need an experienced player like him on the pitch in the crucial month of April with the Revierderby, two duels with Bayern and the CL-quarterfinals against Monaco coming up.
Sebastian Rode meanwhile has been missing since December but he took to twitter to announce that he will be back in team training next week. It will take him a while to get back into game shape but he might be an important rotational piece at the end of the season.
Daily Buzz: The Revierderby is this weekend! What are your favorite memories of this epic duel with our rivals?