German giants Borussia Dortmund have been delivered a financial blow with the news that Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest lenders, won’t be buying a stake in the club.
The bank had confirmed that it was considering an investment in the club, with a 10% which German tabloid Bild suggests would have generated around €23.5 million in funds for Jurgen Klopp’s outfit to reinvest as they saw fit.
BVB remain in a stable financial position as one of the biggest and best supported clubs in Germany but the news could mean Klopp is forced to commission the sale of a key first team star if he wants additional funds to spend after the World Cup.
Dortmund is notorious around the world for producing some of the best young players in the game, with several current first team stars linked with moves to the Premier League and other top European destinations.
Ilkay Gundogan is continuously linked with Manchester United, Marco Reus has been tipped to join Barcelona while Sven Bender is thought to be a priority target for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
It’s unclear how Klopp and the club will approach the financial setback but it doesn’t mean the gaffer has to pull the trigger in relation to one of his best first team players.
Klopp could take the approach of trimming one or two fringe players from his first team squad, which will soften the financial blow as well as allowing him to consolidate and produce a tighter knit group of players.
Kevin Grosskreutz, previously linked with Liverpool, is a great example and someone currently hitting the headlines at the club for the wrong reasons.
The 25-year-old left sided midfielder has been recently criticised in the German media for partying a little too hard away from the field, creating a negative wedge between himself and the club Klopp could use as an excuse to sell him.
BVB are a side regularly forced to watch their best players go and join their domestic and European rivals and it could be more of the same following the decision from the Deutsche Bank board.