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The Daily Bee (April 1st, 2020): Meunier claims he wants to stay in Paris

Plus was the 20€ million donation by the top 4 just a ruse?

Olympique Lyonnais v Paris Saint-Germain - French Cup Semi Final Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Thomas Meunier has been repeatedly linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund in the last few weeks with some outlets claiming the move was practically done. However, meunier himself has now somewhat denied those reports. While he does not directly rule out a move to BVB this summer he claims that his number one option is still to stay in Paris.

“Everything that circulates on me on social networks connecting me to Dortmund, I do not understand: I have seen so many articles linking me to Tottenham or Inter ... I do not understand this craze! My main goal is still to stay in Paris, but for the moment it’s fairly calm.”

This does not exactly sound like a move is imminent but maybe he’s just covering all his bases because of the unsure situation in the transfer market. Nevertheless, it looks like Dortmund need to continue to look for a right back in case this does not work out.

  • Haaland to stay with BVB (Sport Bild)

During a time with no actual football we will get a staggering amount of transfer rumors and that will probably continue for the next few months. For a few days now Erling Haaland has been linked to Real Madrid but Sport Bild claims the striker will stay in Dortmund.

Just a few days ago four Bundesliga clubs, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund, announced that they would donate 20€ million for smaller clubs in Germany in these financially tough times. The four of them were praised for this remarkable donation but where does the money come from and was it a bit of a misunderstanding?

The announcement read that the donation would come in two parts, one being a 7.5€ million payment that the four clubs would make. How much exactly each club would pay was not communicated but the insinuation was that allf our would probably pay the same amount which would equal 1.875€ million.

The interesting part however, is the remaining 12.5€ million. The clubs announced that they would forego a payment of that sum from their share of the national media revenue as it reads in BVB’s statement:

The four clubs will initially forego their share of the national media revenue – which has not yet been distributed – from the DFL next season. This amount, which stands at approximately €12.5 million if the current distribution model is applied [...].

The only problem is that this is not exactly true. It turns out that the DFL has a fund of 45€ million that they kept for situations like these and that will likely be distributed to the clubs, however there has never been an actual decision how those funds would be distributed.

Basically what this means is that the four clubs announced that they would forego a share of 12.5€ million without actually knowing that they would ever get that sum.