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The Daily Bee (July 1st, 2019): BVB reportedly back in for Schick

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Have BVB found their striker?

AS Roma v Udinese - Serie A Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images

A familiar name has returned to the BVB rumor mill, AS Roma’s Patrik Schick. Watzke mentioned the fragile defense as the main reason why BVB did not win the title last season and they hope to have upgraded on that front with Nico Schulz and Mats Hummels. On offense there is no immediate need but Watzke does want to find a “creative solution” at striker and that could be Schick.

The Czech striker was one of Europe’s most promising talents at the position a couple years ago but a rather disappointing season at AS Roma have stunted his development. Despite his injury problems he could still be an intriguing option for BVB who are looking for a loan with an option to buy. However that might be difficult as other clubs like Marseille and Lyon are looking to buy Schick according to kicker.

A BVB-player being linked to a Premier League team isn’t really surprising but in this particular case it does seem a bit off. The Sun reports three teams - Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool - are interested in Dortmund winger Jacob Bruun Larsen.

The transfers of Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt will make it hard for JBL to get playing time so a transfer seems possible but it’s doubtful the situation would be any different at any of the three mentioned teams.

Borussia Dortmund are investing heavily in their infrastructure, expanding their training area and the youth academy plus building a new office. The construction should be concluded until 2021 and will cost around 20€ million. BVB hope to improve their youth teams and set a new benchmark in Germany for youth infrastructure.

  • Scuderi retires from professional football

Dario Scuderi has decided to retire from football. The midfielder suffered a horrific injury a few years ago during a UEFA Youth League game that many considered career-ending, however the 21-year-old fought for his comeback and miraculously found his way back onto the pitch after 23 months. Now Scuderi has decided to end his career because of the possibility of a relapse. Good luck to him in his future endeavors.

  • U21 Euros

Germany’s U21 was not able to defend their title at the U21 Euros as they lost the final 1:2 against Spain. The Spaniards dominated the first 25 minutes of the game and got the deserved lead in the 7th minute through Fabian.

After their horrendous start Germany found back into the game and were the better team early in the second half but they had to take risks on offense which gave Spain room for counter attacks. One of those ended with Dani Olmo scoring the 2:0 thanks to a mistake from Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nübel. Nadiem Amiri gave the Germans some hope with his 88th minute goal but it was too little too late.

Mo Dahoud played the entire game but was inconsistent all the way through. If the central midfielder wants to break into the BVB squad next season he will have to step up his game and avoid mistakes.