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The Daily Bee (March 23rd, 2020): Michael Zorc - “This summer is going to be unpleasant”

All tranfers halted due to the virus?

Borussia Moenchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

It looks like the Coronavirus does not only affect the current season but also the preparations for the next. According to kicker Michael Zorc was already working on the transfers for he upcoming season but the uncertainty that the current pandemic has brought with it has slowed everything down, even the transfer business. Last year in May BVB announced three signings in three days, Thorgan Hazard, Julian Brandt and Nico Schulz but don’t expect that to happen this year according to Zorc:

“There won’t be three transfers in three days this year. There is great uncertainty in all clubs. [...] This summer is going to be unpleasant.”

This has mostly affected the planned transfers of Thomas Meunier and Jude Bellingham, both looked like sure transfers and might still be but they are on hold for now.

Are Borussia Dortmund interested in another young talent from the Premier League? A report from Teamtalk claims BVB are one of the clubs that have contacted the 19-year-old midfielder Matthew Longstaff from Newcastle United about a potential transfer this summer along with Ajax Amsterdam, Club Brugge, Inter Milan, Atalanta Bergamo, Arsenal, Everton and West Ham. Longstaff will be out of contract this summer and could be available on a free transfer.

It is increasingly unlikely that Achraf Hakimi will remain a BVB-player past this season. The versatile wingback will probably return to Madrid where he will receive an offer to extend his contract according to Mundo Deportivo. Zinedine Zidane is said to be a fan of Hakimi and plans with him in the squad next season. Nevertheless, there is still some hope for BVB as Hakimi himself is said to be unsure about a return considering that he would have to compete with Dani Carvajal for the starting spot and risk losing playing time at this crucial point of his career.