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The Daily Bee (August 7th, 2019): Ömer Toprak about to join Werder Bremen

A bit of a surprise departure after Toprak’s strong pre-season

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Reports out of Italy claiming US Sassuolo are trying to sign Ömer Toprak have been confirmed by kicker. The usually well informed German outlet has now also confirmed that Werder Bremen are interested in the center-back. Toprak has played well this pre-season but would be let go for a fee between 4-5€ million.

BVB would be willing to let him because of their current situation at the position, with Hummels, Akanji, Zagadou and Balerdi there are already four CBs on the roster. In addition it looks like Julian Weigl will stay with the black and yellows and the central midfielder is another option to play in the center of the defense like he did last season.

The biggest problem for a potential Toprak-transfer is his high salary that most teams will likely not be able to pay.

Both Ruhr Nachrichten and Deichstube have also reported about a possible deal.

BVB’s number 1 has talked to t-online about Dortmund’s transfers, the Supercup and the upcoming title race between Bayern and BVB and who could possibly be a surprise contender. However maybe the most interesting part were his comments about VAR and what has changed since it’s implementation:

“The football has lived from the euphoria. If someone scored a goal in the past, the fans cheered. Today you rejoice and are then disappointed again, because it is decided that the goal must be checked by video evidence again. My impression is that the jubilation today is not the same as before - you used to have this wow effect.”

In addition he was asked about which rule he would change and Bürki had an interesting idea:

“I would like it if we could use every player in our squad in one game. That each team may change as often as it wants - and not after three substitutions is over.”

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