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Players Dortmund Must Sign This Summer to Compete with Bayern Munich
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Dortmund have had a very successful run in the Champions league this season, but stand little chance of claiming a third consecutive Bundesliga title with 10 rounds left to play in the 2012-13 campaign.

This season, Bayern Munich have thrown down the gauntlet. Approximately €70 million spent on net transfers last summer has left the club with two or more qualified options in every position, and maturation and renewed self-confidence from many key players has left the Bavarians 17 points ahead of BVB in the race for the Bundesliga title.

As Michael Zorc told the print-only edition of Kicker, "Bayern have by far the best financial situation [in Germany]." According to the Dortmund sporting director, it was only a matter of time before Bayern would catch up to the Ruhr club. And catch up they have: Bayern rather comfortably ousted BVB from the DFB-Pokal last week with a very one-sided 1-0 victory in Munich.

Dortmund are not yet ready to give up and fall in line with the rest of the Bundesliga, however. Last week, the club announced record revenue (€124.1 million), profit (€17.5 million) and net profit (€14.2 million) for the second half of 2012. And come this summer, BVB are set to splash cash in the transfer market.

On Sport1 program "Doppelpass," CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke pledged: "We will have cash in our hands and a lot will happen." 

He added: "We will invest considerably in the summer, in terms of strength as well as depth."

Watzke declined to specify any targets, comment on any transfer rumors or even identify positions of interest in improving. The club's areas of need are no secrets, though, and there are are several players—some previously linked with BVB, others not—who could serve Dortmund's needs at relatively little cost. Click "Begin Slideshow" for a look at the positions and players BVB should be considering this summer.

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