Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says the club are working 'flat-out' to replace Robert Lewandowski, who signed a five-year deal with Bayern Munich yesterday.
Borussia Dortmund could not have faced a more difficult season.
Injuries have ravaged their squad, leaving them third in the Bundesliga, while they have had to contend with seeing former starlet Mario Gotze turn out week in week out for Bayern Munich.
Now, as if things couldn't get any worse, Bayern have confirmed that Robert Lewandowski will also join them from BVB at the end of the season.
But chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke is determined to bounce back - and says the club are working 'flat-out' to find Lewandowski mark II:
"This is not surprising, it is a completely normal process," the 54-year-old told Bild am Sonntag.
"In recent weeks, it had been clear that it would come to this. Our sports director, Michael Zorc, is working flat-out to find an alternative."
Not only does Watzke see a bright future, however, he also says there are no hard feelings between Dortmund and the 25-year-old Poland striker.
"Between us and Robert there is no problem," he explained. "I have not the slightest doubt that there will be any changes to his strong performances."
So who can BVB attract to replace the current joint-top scorer in the Bundesliga?
The Germans could, of course, surprise us all with a new, relatively unknown name. But is there anyone established they could sign?
Diego Costa is the first name that comes to mind, with the Atletico Madrid forward a transfer target for many and reportedly on a low salary in La Liga. Madrid, too, are said to be in need of funds to stabilise their financial situation. Any move looks as though it would require a big-money move, however, so Dortmund could look elsewhere for cheaper options.
Indeed, Manchester City's Edin Dzeko could present another alternative. The 27-year-old has previous Bundesliga experience with Wolfsburg and could return to City's bench once Sergio Aguero returns from injury. Dzeko may still require a sizeable fee but could still provide a cheaper option.
Who should Borussia Dortmund pursue to replace Lewandowski? Costa, Dzeko or a younger option?
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