The black and yellows will go into the new season with an improved roster but one question still remains, does the club have the right personnel at striker. Paco Alcacer started his BVB-career as a man who couldn’t miss before suffering an injury and falling off in the second half of the season. And Mario Götze was one of the best players throughout the season but is not really considered a true centre forward.
Rumor has it Michael Zorc is still looking to add another option up front for Lucien Favre but according to kicker that won’t be Mario Mandzukic who has been linked to the club in recent weeks. The report suggests Patrik Schick is a more realistic option however without going into detail about a possible transfer. In any case the club is still looking to offload a few players before signing any more.
Raphael Guerreiro’s future is still undecided, the Portuguese international has one year left on his contract and it does not seem like he’s interested in an extension. BVB have to decide if it would be worth it to keep him for the upcoming season and risk losing him on a free transfer next summer or sell him now. According to AS Barcelona are interested in him but he’s not the only left back on their radar with Junior Firpo and Ricardo Rodriguez also mentioned.
A very interesting GQ-article details how Marco Reus lured Julian Brandt to BVB and what the captain still wants to achieve with the black and yellows.
“I knew that Julian had a chance to leave Leverkusen thanks to an exit clause. That’s why I took the initiative and explained to him what opportunities there are in Dortmund, what potential the club has and that a player like him belongs to BVB. I explained the club to him. Also that his perception for the national team as a Dortmund player is also another very different. I have told him all the advantages of Dortmund. I explained our DNA to him. Also the attention that he’ll get. I wanted to bring Julian our club as close as it is possible.“
In addition the report details how Reus refused to leave the club in 2015 even though he had offers from several European top clubs like Barcelona, PSG, Milan, Arsenal, Manchester City and United.
“Of course, I spent more than a day thinking about the offers of these top clubs, everything else would be a lie. But in the end, I always chose my club, and I still do not regret it to this day. Because I belong here. Because Dortmund is my club. And I really want to become German Champion with this club. To be DFB Cup winner again. Again in the Champions League final. [...]”
To put this into perspective, when Reus extended in 2015 Borussia Dortmund was in last place in the table during the worst season in the last decade. BVB recovered and still finished in 7th place but at the time it didn’t look good.
Marco Reus deserves a title, let’s hope BVB can give it to him.
In an extensive interview with Goal.com Marco Reus has talked about his his beginnings in BVB’s youth team, his eventual departure and development with RW Ahlen and Borussia Mönchengladbach and his eventual move back to Borussia Dortmund. Furthermore he talks about his first meeting with Jürgen Klopp and how he learned about Mario Götze’s move away from BVB.