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The Daily Bee (March 6th, 2020): BVB talking to Meunier and ManU try to hijack Bellingham transfer

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Plus the next round in the DFB vs Ultras conflict

Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Thomas Meunier played against Borussia Dortmund just a couple weeks ago with PSG in the Champions League, if a report from La Dernière Heure is to be believed the Belgian international could join the black and yellows this summer. Meunier’s contract with PSG ends this summer and he would be available on a free transfer.

The outlet claims Borussia Dortmund are already negotiating with the right back and would be willing to offer him the contract he demands. In addition, the report claims Lucien Favre is a big fan of his and would see him as an ideal candidate for the right wingback position.

Meunier has already been linked to BVB on several occasions throughout the years and it’s very likely that Dortmund would consider him if they can’t hold on to Achraf Hakimi, especially on a free transfer.

Two days ago news broke about a potential transfer of midfielder Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund. According to mostly German outlets the transfer seemed almost certain with the only unknown remaining being the transfer “fee” Dortmund had to pay.

However, according to a new report from The Athletic Dortmund have not secured the transfer just yet. BVB have indeed an agreement with Bellingham on a potential contract and have negotiated a fee of around 29€ million (without bonus payments) with Birmingham but Manchester United are still trying to hijack the move. The Premier League side, who just lost a recent transfer battle with BVB for Erling Haaland, are trying to convince Bellingham to stay in England instead of moving to the Bundesliga.

  • DFB/DFL versus Ultras continues

A couple days ago the DFL issued a statement on the ongoing fan protests and potential match interruptions in the Bundesliga. The association admitted making some mistakes in the process but also repeated their stance that personal insults should not be tolerated. Our colleagues at BFW did a great job at breaking down the statement which you can find here.

Today the Ultras responded with their own statement and demands in a statement that reads “Collective sentences to “protect” a billionaire - the DFB shows its true face again”.

The statement criticizes the hypocritical stance of the DFB (and also mentions Karl-Heinz Rummenigge) protecting a billionaire but not acting on human rights violations. In that regard the Ultras mention Bayern’s shady deals with Qatar, the still dubious circumstances around the 2006 World Cup in Germany and of course the recent racism incidents.

Football is broken. Economic interests are courted, the system ensures that rich clubs become richer and richer, corruption is the order of the day in the associations and no one cares about human rights violations.

At the core there is still the demand that all collective punishments be abolished which was the initiating point of the entire conflict to begin with:

It is time for the DFB to leave its medieval understanding of law behind them and not only suspend collective punishment, but also change its legal and procedural rules in this regard and thus abolish the instrument of collective punishment. At the same time, we expect the spectator exclusions against Borussia Dortmund to be lifted immediately.

Since it is very unlikely that tese issues will be resolved before the matches this weekend we will likely see more protests, especially during the Gladbach-BVB match tomorrow.