After the sale of Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund have been allowed to roam free in the transfer market this summer. They certainly haven’t waited long, snapping up three home-grown bargains within 24 hours in their search to end Bayern Munich’s dominance.
Lucien Favre’s attempt to bridge the two point gap has seen him swoop for Nico Schulz, Thorgan Hazard and ‘the new Brandt’ (puns are definitely my speciality!) Julian Brandt.
With Pulisic’s sale yielding a healthy £58m, Dortmund spent £30m on Hazard, £22m on Brandt, and Nico Schulz arrived for £22m too, giving them a net spend of just £16m for the three players. Good business!
Hazard, although in the shadow of elder brother Eden, has shone for Borussia Monchengladbach in the past five years. Thorgan struck 30 times in 141 league appearances for Die Fohlen, forming a big part in the side which finished 5th in the Bundesliga this season.
Julian Brandt was wanted across Europe for his cut-price £22m release clause – a creative attacking midfielder who has been causing havoc for Leverkusen since his graduation from their academy in 2014.
At 23, Brandt has already been capped 24 times for Germany, scoring twice, and made over 200 senior appearances.
Nico Schulz is probably the least fashionable signing, but the German international has had a stunning few seasons with Hoffenheim. The left wing-back has been excellent for both club and country, scoring twice for Germany in six caps and looks the perfect replacement for an ageing Marcel Schmelzer.
With Dortmund losing out by just a few points this year and Bayern losing experienced heads in the ‘Robbery’ duo, I back them to win the Bundesliga next season. Will they do it? They certainly have the capability and now, the financial backing. Die Westfalenstadion will be blessed with fantastic football and talented players whatever the result.