On the pitch and on the transfer market Arsenal will most likely lose to Borussia Dortmund.
After an almost uncontested 1-2 victory in Champions League last week by Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal might suffer another defeat in the return leg next Tuesday. On the top of that the club from Germany’s Ruhr Valley might get another win, but it might not even be on the pitch.
As we reported earlier: Nuri Sahin looks set to make his loan deal with Borussia Dortmund permanent next summer. A deal is most certain given the fact that Sahin failed miserably playing abroad at Real Madrid and Liverpool. Sahin might be eager to renew his resume and above all he might be keen to play football at a high level again.
Other news regarding another Dortmund skill player: German international Ilkay Gundogan is heavily targeted by Manchester United, Arsenal and now Barcelona too. However Dortmund’s management want Gundogan to stay. General manager Hans-Joachim Watzke said one month ago: 'We want to extend [Gundogan’s contract]. If Ilkay wants this too, we talk about numbers.'
The highly gifted Gundogan may have had enough reasons to stay but Dortmund just added two new ones: Jurgen Klopp signed a contract extension till 2018. Klopp is considered as a popular and well respected coach around players. Another reason is a pay rise which Gundogan will most likely receive. He is earning £2.15m per year now.
'I live in the ‘here and now’ and am happy to play for Borussia Dortmund. I'm currently playing in the league more attractive in Europe, I will not go.'
The winger’s stance indicates that even if a club were to meet his huge release clause, he would lean towards turning them down to stay at Borussia Dortmund.
Today German tabloid Bild reported that Borussia Dortmund likes to withdraw the release clause in Reus’ contract. Dortmund is reportedly willing to pay the costly price for that. Like Gundogan, Reus will get offered a pay rise too. His earnings are £3.87m per year now.
To re-sign Sahin, Gundogan and Reus is on the Dortmund agenda.
Will they accomplish all three items? That’s still debatable but it looks like the team from West of Germany is right on track. They have the financial fire power (£262.29m in sales and in £45.84m in gains last year) and one of the better coaches.
Is it possible that Dortmund will beat Arsenal not only on the pitch on Tuesday but also on the transfer market? Will they successfully prevent a transfer of Reus and Gundogan?
What’s your opinion?
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