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Dortmund’s chiefs have been rather mum about the specifics of their transfer plans, which may in fact be because the club’s directors are not entirely sure of even the positions they are keen to reinforce.
It is, for example, crystal clear that Dortmund need to find a replacement for Robert Lewandowski. To this end, Edin Dzeko is probably the most realistic option. Although it would be a dream to sign Diego Costa or Jackson Martinez, competition and the sheer cost of wages and transfer fees would likely price BVB out of a move for either.
Dzeko, however, is, according to Sport-Bild’s Heiko Ostendorp unhappy at Manchester City and willing to accept a wage that depends on his performance. The Sport-Bild report claims he would cost just over €20 million—a realistic fee for BVB.
It may be that Dortmund do not sign a big-name striker, however.
If Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finishes the season as the Bundesliga’s top scorer, it may be that Lewandowski’s successor will instead be the Gabon native, who, despite playing on the right wing, has all the athleticism and finishing instincts of a center-forward. In this case, BVB would be in the market for another attacking midfielder, most likely a right-winger.
Volland would be a great option for the right wing, but if BVB are looking for added depth, there are other options. Leonardo Bittencourt recently netted a brace for Hannover and has a buy-back clause, per Goal.com. If he fulfills his potential this spring and becomes a star of the Bundesliga, BVB might be wise to re-sign the 20-year-old.
Perhaps the best option is Shinji Kagawa, who has barely played in over one-and-a-half seasons at Manchester United and in all likelihood will be seeking a move in the summer.
If United make him available on favorable terms (see: Real Madrid's 18-month loan of Sahin with the option to buy on the cheap), Kagawa would be a masterful signing. However, that's only if the price is right—especially considering the recent signing of Milos Jojic, who will have six months to prove to BVB that there is no need for Kagawa before the transfer window reopens.
There are other players Dortmund could sign, particularly in midfield, but BVB are more likely to spend on extending the stays of Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus if possible.
It's always easier and less expensive to extend with current players than to sign new stars, and with Sahin, Volland, Ginter and Ramos costing in the region of €45 million, they should have money available for increasing wages. Should they secure Gundogan and Reus without buy-out clauses on long-term deals, Dortmund will make a big step toward removing their "selling club" label.
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