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The Daily Bee (February 15th, 2021): Ousmane Dembélé Continues to Deliver (for Borussia Dortmund)

Barcelona may have just paid for BVB’s new manager.

Sevilla v FC Barcelona - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Good morning, everyone!

Man, I really do love that new manager smell.

Wait, that sounds weird. Paul, remind me to delete that when we publish.

Anyway, Borussia Dortmund announced earlier today that at the end of the season, they would pay Borussia Mönchengladbach the €5 million necessary to activate the release clause of manager Marco Rose. While Borussia Dortmund’s finances have suffered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the club may have found a source for the funds necessary to activate Rose’s release clause.

With Ousmane Dembélé’s 10 minute cameo against Alavez in La Liga, his 100th appearance for the club, he trigger a clause in Barcelona’s agreement with BVB, that sent another €5 million to Dortmund. We briefly mentioned last week BVB’s negotiating tactics that virtually extorted Barcelona out of tens of millions of euros, and this add-on is just further reward.

Dembélé has hardly lived up to the expectations that his €135 million price tag set for him. His tenure with Barcelona has been marred by injuries, long spells on the bench, and feuds with the various coaching staffs. He has been unable to match his 6 goal, 12 assist season with Borussia Dortmund in 2016/17 that made him such a hot commodity in the first place. The money from the Dembélé sale allowed BVB to purchase players like Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard, and Julian Brandt, that have contributed to the club’s competitiveness in recent years. It’s hard to argue that the transfer was anything less than a steal for BVB.

Jesse Marsch and Florian Kohfeldt Lead Candidates to Replace Rose

While Borussia Mönchengladbach fans will surely be frustrated at losing Rose, they are reportedly looking into several candidates who would be more than capable replacements if they were to go after them. According to Kicker, Jesse Marsch, Florian Kohfeldt are among the candidates that Gladbach may be pursuing.

In my opinion, either Jesse Marsch or Florian Kohfeldt would be great replacements at Borussia Mönchengladbach, and would help the club hit the ground running following Rose’s departure. With a strong group of players and a sporting director in Max Eberl who seems to know what he’s doing, Borussia Mönchengladbach will not fall out of the Bundesliga’s upper echelon for long.

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