Borussia Dortmund are still interested in signing Marcel Halstenberg from RB Leipzig, but the reigning DFB-Pokal champions need to offload Nico Schulz first, according to German newspaper LVZ:
This is not exactly the news die hard Die Schwarzgelben supporters want to see, especially considering the current crisis on the backline, particularly on the right hand side as opposed to the left. Nevertheless, Halstenberg would provide more flexibility than BVB currently enjoy with Schulz, and one could easily argue that the former Dortmund academy graduate is the more polished player based on performances over the past couple of seasons.
With only 37 appearances in all competitions over the past two seasons, Schulz has not been able to carve out a role in the squad. Consistently left on the bench even when Raphael Guerreiro needed a rest or was not fit, Schulz witnessed youngster Felix Passlack played over him despite not being a natural left back. However, rumors are swirling that Hertha Berlin could be a possible destination for the former Hoffenheim wingback, once they move youngster Luca Netz on. Schulz would not be able to do much better than return to the club he first appeared in the Bundesliga with given they are expected to field a back three shape again this coming season. However, for Dortmund’s sake, a deal must be struck so they can quickly move on their replacement target.
Reports earlier this summer stated that Halstenberg, who yearns to return to his favorite club has already agreed to terms with BVB. In fact, despite taking a loss on Schulz’s expensive transfer fee, getting Halstenberg for wages that are half of what Schulz earns would be a huge boost for the club right now, even if some supporters do not rate Halstenberg as an upgrade in the squad. Hopefully Dortmund can end the Schulz experiment soon so that both he and the club can move on given that things just have not worked out. Regardless, it looks as if he will play a role in this weekend’s cup tie, so perhaps Schulz can put in a solid performance before a potential move back home.
Will these deals get done? Do you want Halstenberg over Schulz?