Borussia Dortmund has yet to make a splash in the transfer market during the winter window. However, there are still various needs left to be filled by the BVB brain trust.
Rather than try to predict which academy star Dortmund will take a chance on next, it seems more practical to put together a list of players that would fit in well with the club.
Goalkeeper — Kevin Trapp
The Paris-Saint Germain goalkeeper has been phased out again this season by Alphonse Areola. After a few good seasons with the French giants, Trapp has seemingly met the end of the road in Paris.
A logical next step for the German is to return to his domestic Bundesliga. Trapp moved to PSG from Eintracht Frankfurt for only €10 Million and his move away from PSG would come at a similar price.
Dortmund could be in the market for a keeper very shortly. There are few keepers in the world with the experience of Trapp who are available at a low price. If Dortmund gets the opportunity this month or in the summer to grab Trapp, they should do it without hesitation.
Defender — Stefan de Vrij
Dortmund were interested in the Dutch defender on several occasions, but never pulled the trigger as the price was just too high. But with some leftover cash from selling Ousmane Dembele last summer, Dortmund should be able to afford a solid back like de Vrij.
Stefan de Vrij is exactly the piece Dortmund need at the back. A tall defender, de Vrij has had success in preventing low crosses into the box as well as aerial balls. He is quick enough to anchor the back line and smart enough to limit his own and his teammates’ mistakes.
At age 25, this could be the opportunity for de Vrij to be a leader on a top-tier, title-contending team. His presence could also help young guys like Dan-Axel Zagadou and Jeremy Toljan play a calmer brand a football.
Midfielder — Emre Can
There always seems to be rumors about a Dortmund player joining Liverpool. Well, it’s about time we switch things up. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is pretty talented, but he would be even more dynamic in the Dortmund scheme.
A defensive midfielder by trade, Can could also line up as a central midfielder in an attacking lineup or a center back in a defensive formation. He could also provide relief or reinforcement for Julian Weigl and Mahmoud Dahoud.
Can would essentially replace Gonzalo Castro in the Dortmund formation if brought into the squad. Available on a free this summer, BVB should definitely look into bringing a versatile player like Can into the squad.
Forward — Julian Brandt
The sweepstakes have already begun to sign Brandt this summer and Dortmund are right in the thick of it. With Marco Reus consistently unhealthy and Max Philipp more valuable in a center forward position, Brandt would be a welcome addition to Dortmund.
His play-making and goal-scoring ability are second to none, and his offensive production has been stellar throughout his young career. At just 21-years-old, Brandt is still developing yet has already become one of the top talents in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund would have to spend big to get Brandt — upwards of €30 Million — but it would be a major investment for a club so set on thrusting young players into the limelight.