Bild has today suggested that Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp could hold the power in the race to sign Hoffenheim youngster Kevin Volland.
With Hoffenheim trying to hang onto him, Bild has run a report today which suggests Volland is a target for Borussia Dortmund, a potential side that the 21-year-old could struggle to say no to.
However, the same report also suggests that 27-year-old Hertha Berlin star Adrian Ramos is also a target for Klopp, which would leave the door open for Premier League sides to go after Volland next month.
“It is also clear that as a replacement for Lewandowski, who probably goes to Bayern, Dortmund will not only bring in Ramos or Volland but BVB is also searching for another top striker; Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid or Jackson Martinez of FC Porto,” reads the report in Bild.
Volland’s future is finely balanced on a knife edge because should Dortmund move for him ahead of Ramos, they have several advantages over the Premier League sides reported to be scouting him.
Jurgen Klopp has built his recent reputation in German football around taking younger players, throwing them into first team football, developing them and having success at the same time.
A move to Dortmund would also allow Volland the opportunity to stay in Germany which he may favour for personal reasons and also because it would arguably give him a better chance of making the German national side in the future.
If Dortmund go the other way, then Arsenal, Liverpool and whoever else might want to go after the winger can start putting in offers and dangling a carrot to see if Hoffenheim bite.
It would be substantially easier for Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers to make moves if the big German side apparently interested take themselves out of the equation.
However, looking at Jurgen Klopp’s recent record and the way he’s built his Borussia Dortmund team up, the chance to add an extremely talented German player over an older Colombian player is something that he may not be willing to pass on.
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