Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United could face a battle in terms of signing Borussia Dortmund players this summer.
Borussia Dortmund were handed a big blow when potential investor Deutsche Bank decided not to purchase a 10% stake in the club.
That created fear in Germany that BVB may have been forced to sell key players to domestic and European rivals in the transfer market, but BVB chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that the hunt for investors is ongoing.
“In order to ensure sustainable growth we are carrying out further exploratory talks with several interested companies,” Watzke is quoted by Bild.
The German giants seem determined to try and raise extra funds which will prevent Jurgen Klopp from having to see his best players leave once they’ve reached tremendous levels in terms of their development.
Several current Dortmund stars are linked with European moves on a daily basis such as Mats Hummels, Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan.
Hummels and Reus are targets for Manchester United and while a Reus transfer has been ruled out this summer, there’s still every chance Louis van Gaal’s team could make a move for centre-back Hummels.
Gundogan was also the subject of interest from United, as well as Arsenal and Chelsea, but BVB did well to nip that speculation in the bud with a short term contract extension which will allow Dortmund to talk over an improved renewal in 12 months time.
Dortmund have also had to regularly put up with the financial superiority of Bayern Munich, BVB’s main rivals, which has seen them buy Mario Gotze from Klopp’s club and also offer striker Robert Lewandowski a deal he couldn’t refuse.
Extra funds for the club would remove the pressure over Klopp to accept that Dortmund are becoming a cast iron selling club.
In the case of former Manchester United target Lewandowski, had BVB had extra investment in place before Bayern Munich talked to him, the club may have stood a better chance of hanging onto the Pole with an improved contract.
Dortmund and Klopp seem to want to drop the image and idea that they’re a selling club and extra investment, which they’re actively hunting for, will help them do just that.