We already had some rather confusing reports in the past 24 hours about BVB’s interest in Thomas Delaney. Some outlets claim Borussia Dortmund have agreed to a deal with Delaney, some other report the black and yellows have pulled out of the race altogether.
Now, a new report from Die Welt gets even more specific and claims the deal for the 26-year-old midfielder is done and will be made official this Friday. According to the article BVB will pay 24€ million for the Danish international and an additional 3€ million if Dortmund finish in the top 4 and get into the Champions League next season.
Dortmund will seemingly get one of their top targets and the sought after central midfielder to reinforce a very shaky midfield and help with BVB’s overall defensive stability. Delaney is a midfielder who probably compares best to Sven Bender who left last summer, a reliable player who covers a lot of ground and isn’t afraid to make a risky tackle if need be. He’s technically sound but he probably shouldn’t be relied upon too much to give Dortmund a spark on offense. It will be interesting to see how he will fit in, in a potential midfield with Julian Weigl and Mahmoud Dahoud.
However this is still a questionable decision from Dortmund’s front office if the report turns out to be correct. Delaney is a solid player but he is 26 and has probably already hit his ceiling as a player. It remains to be seen if he can actually be a reinforcement for a team like Dortmund. The market has changed significantly over the years but 27€ million for a player who has not particularly stood out is a risky signing for a club that has no room for missteps on the transfer market.