According to a media report, Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund is pushing ahead with its squad planning for the next few seasons. BVB is said to be about to extend Dan-Axel Zagadou’s contract. Another Borussia could leave the Revierklub.
Dan-Axel Zagadou has become a crowd favorite at Borussia Dortmund over the past four and a half years. The 22-year-old, who was brought in from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in 2017, is considered by many BVB supporters to be the ideal solution when it comes to filling one of the two central defender positions on a long-term basis.
However, since the Frenchman’s working paper expires next summer, there has been speculation for months about a possible farewell. Most recently, two clubs from the English Premier League, Newcastle United and Manchester United, were said to have entered poker for Zagadou. Both clubs are said to have approached his advisor Moussa Sissoko, according to the “fussballtransfers.com” portal recently.
As “WAZHowever, now reported, it looks more like Zagadou will soon sign a new contract with Borussia Dortmund. Both parties are therefore signaling great willingness, both are aiming for an end to the talks. An agreement is therefore imminent, according to the regional newspaper.
Will Akanji leave BVB in the summer?
If Dan-Axel Zagadou were extended, he would also fight for a regular place in the center of defense in the 2022/23 season with Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji (with a contract until 2023). Loan player Marin Pongracic is likely to return to VfL Wolfsburg in the summer.
In the case of Manuel Akanji, according to “WAZ”, it is also conceivable that the paths will separate after the current season. The reason: The Swiss is aiming for an increase in his salary in order to move up to the top earners in Dortmund. He could then earn eight to twelve million euros a year.
However, since apparently well-funded clubs from abroad have also become aware of the 26-year-old, it is said that a departure in the summer is “more likely”.
BVB: What are the chances for Schlotterbeck and Süle?
The vacant squad place could in turn be taken by a German national player. Rumors of Nico Schlotterbeck from Freiburg moving to BVB have persisted for weeks.
According to “Sport1”, a transfer fee of 20 million euros will be requested. In addition to the not inconsiderable sum, a transfer to Dortmund should be made more difficult, not least in view of the interest from abroad. Because English clubs are also interested in Schlotterbeck, as the TV station reports, Tottenham Hotspur is exploring his chances.
Finally, there is Niklas Süle, who is letting his contract with FC Bayern expire in order to look for a new challenge. After FC Chelsea and FC Barcelona were initially identified as favorites, according to media reports, BVB are now also working on signing the 26-year-old.
For the native of Frankfurt, in addition to the sporting side, the financial side should also be in the foreground when it comes to choosing a club. According to “WAZ”, an annual salary of ten million euros is due to convince Süle. However, according to “Bild”, the national player is said to have previously rejected an offer of that amount from FC Bayern.