As the rumor mill continues to swirl potential new candidates for goalkeeper, one such option for Borussia Dortmund seems to now be off the table. All of Andre Onana of Ajax, Thomas Strakosha of Lazio, Odysseas Vlachodimos of Benfica, and Wojciech Szczęsny of Juventus have been linked to fill the space between the sticks for Dortmund next season by the likes of BILD and GOAL. Today, RB Leipzig keeper Peter Gulasci essentially took himself off the table.
In a report from Kicker, the former Liverpool keeper confirmed that he is comfortable with his current club, stating, “I feel very much at home in Leipzig, including my family, it’s just perfect. I can very well imagine staying here for the long term... A lot would have to happen that I would leave this path at my request.” The news comes as a bit of a blow to Dortmund’s goalkeeper pursuit, as the 30 year-old is considered one of the best in the league, despite plying his trade for Die Energy Drink. His agent had reported that the release clause was “very low, even for corona times.” With all of Europe’s biggest clubs looking for bargains this summer due to the financial effects of the pandemic, it seems that testing Gulasci’s availability may be a fruitless effort.
Dortmund’s confidence in the Swiss pair of Roman Burki and Marwin Hitz has faltered as of late, with the team’s last clean sheet coming against Wolfsburg on January 3rd. Burki has looked less and less assured in goal this season, and since his injury, his backup Marwin Hitz has not inspired any greater confidence. With Dortmund’s finances strapped extra tight, it will be interesting to see what Michael Zorc can manage this summer.