The German club has been reported to have accepted an initial offer from the Premier League giants in a deal that could see a move worth over €100 million.
The signing of Jadon Sancho by long-term suitor Manchester United could be about to reach its conclusion. According to English newspaper The Independent, Borussia Dortmund look to be ready to accept an initial transfer fee of €66 million (£60m), which could rise to over €111 million (£100m) based on the player/club meeting certain variable objectives.
Sancho set for Manchester
According to the news outlet, the discussion are still in the hands of intermediaries of both clubs and the young English star, however, ‘the principle of a deal have been set out’.
The idea of the Bundesliga club is to have all their incoming and outgoing moves completed by 10 August, when they return to training for the new season. Their acceptance to lose one of their many talents appears to be confirmed now and it is ‘simply’ a case of finalising some of the details of the deal and the payment plan. This is clearly another incredible piece of business from the German side who purchased the youngster from United’s local rivals City in 2017 for just €7.7 million. This season Sancho scored 17 Bundesliga goals and provided 17 assists in 32 games.
It’s worth stating that Dortmund have not completely given up hope of holding on to their player.
Despite the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool being strongly linked to the player – the Premier League champions reported to have been the preferred choice for Sancho – it now looks as though the Old Trafford faithful, when they return, will be enjoying the winger’s skills as they push on in their development. United clinched a place in the 2020/21 Champions League on the final day of the season but ended the season a massive 33 points behind the eventual champions.
Borussia Dortmund have been dealt a major blow after confirming captain Marco Reus will be sidelined for an indefinite period after failing to recover from a groin injury.
Germany international Reus has missed most of the year already after suffering the set-back in February, but his comeback has now been delayed after a flare-up as the club return for pre-season training on Thursday.
Reus has endured an injury-hit career and further issues this season saw him start just 18 times in the 2019-20 Bundesliga season.
In a statement, his club admitted the German forward faces ‘an indefinite period’ on the sidelines due to tendon inflammation in his groin.
‘Borussia Dortmund will still have to be without Marco Reus. The captain has problems with tendon inflammation at the same injured groin muscle. He will be out for an indefinite period.
‘Reus has worked intensively in recent months and has taken steps forward. But he still has problems with some movements.’
German teams are already preparing for the new campaign, which starts on September 18, but Dortmund’s preparations have been hampered after discovering that Reus will not be able to get himself fit over pre-season.
The 31-year-old’s fitness woes have blighted his promising career and forced him to miss Germany’s winning 2014 World Cup run.
Dortmund finished the league season in second place, behind Bayern Munich, who won a record eighth successive league title.
The club last won the league in 2012 under then coach Jurgen Klopp before the arrival of Reus.
Juventus target Erling Braut Haaland has revealed he will not move away from Borussia Dortmund in the upcoming window: “I have just arrived.”
The Norwegian starlet impressed the European giants with his performances at RB Salzburg in the first half of the season and secured a move to BVB in January.
He had then been linked with a move to Juventus, among other big clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
“I live in the present,” Braut Haaland told WAZ regarding the future. “I have just arrived in Dortmund and I’m not thinking of leaving for now.”
Haaland reportedly has a €70m release clause in his current deal with Die Schwarzgelben, rumoured to become active in 2022, and the link with Mino Raiola sparked reports in Italy about a possible move to Juventus.
The 19-year-old has also quashed rumours that he could be heading out after only six months in Germany by talking about his targets for next season.
“Dortmund are one of the biggest clubs in the world. I have signed a long-term contract and I don’t think too much about the future,” he said
“I decide what is the best thing for my career here and now. I want to achieve something important with Borussia, not always be second, but also win the title as soon as possible.
“The next year we set targets, we want to score as many goals, and I as a striker want to contribute.”
Manchester United have struck fear into Borussia Dortmund over their interest in wonderkid Jadon Sancho.
United will battle with several sides from the Premier League and elsewhere for Sancho’s signature this summer, with the 20-year-old reportedly being valued at £115m by his Bundesliga employers.
The Old Trafford side are understood to have agreed a number of factors in the deal, as Dortmund look increasingly likely they will begin 2020-21 without the talent who has 17 goals and 17 assists for the Bundesliga season so far.
‘It is clear that we are concerned. But I don’t want to talk about that now,’ director of football Michael Zorc, a 1980’s and 90’s Dortmund icon, said.
United will enjoy getting one over rivals Manchester City if they land Sancho, after the south-Londoner quit the Citizens’ academy aged 17 hoping to accelerate his development in Germany.
He’s done exact that in three seasons in front of the Yellow Wall, set to make his 98th appearance for BVB against RB Leipzig on Saturday, having scored 34 goals and provided 43 assists.
Having proved his world class ability in the Champions League last season, Sancho has stepped up another level this term to cement himself alongside the likes of team-mate Erling Haaland at the top of the game.
Sancho’s signing would be yet another step in United’s tiresome struggle to win their first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford in 2012.
Game is over and the final score is Dortmund 0–2 Mainz. Here is the match report.
J. Burkardt (33′)
J. Mateta (49′ PEN)
3′ Hazard shot wide out
Dortmund have started brightly. Hazard receives the ball from Piszczek and drags a shot wide of the left-hand post. Hakimi is fouled by Onisiwo on the flank shortly after.
15′ CLOSE! Witsel shot blocked
Dortmund work the ball out to Hakimi out on the right who lofts a cross in. Guerreiro nods it down at the far post for Witsel whose shot from inside the box is blocked! That’s the first half-chance of the game for Dortmund.
19′ Yellow Card! Piszczek booked
Piszczek gets booked for the foul on Onisiwo. He knew what he was doing.
33′ GOAL! Dortmund 0-1 Mainz (Burkardt)
This came from nothing! Mateta drops off and rolls the ball wide to Baku who crosses in first time. Burkardt ghosts into the area and powers a satisfying header into the bottom left corner. He pumps his fists in celebration!
49′ Penalty Goal! Dortmund 0-2 Mainz (Latza)
Burki makes two smart saves in a row, first from Mateta then from Onisiwo who has a pop from distance. The keeper can only push the ball as far as Latza though, who Hummels bundles over.
73′ Muller denies Hakimi’s free-kick
Hakimi is single-handedly trying to drag Dortmund back into this. Latza brings down Guerreiro in Mainz’s half and Hakimi’s free-kick is tipped over the crossbar by Muller! It was inches away from hitting the top right corner.
79′ Ardent conflict between Guerreiro and Latza
Things are starting to get a bit ill-tempered. Guerreiro is fouled by Latza and pokes Latza in the face. Naughty. He gets a yellow card.
Joshua Kimmich’s audacious first-half strike earned Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s Der Klassiker.
Match Report Bayern Munich moved seven points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga thanks to a magical Joshua Kimmich strike in Tuesday’s 1-0 Klassiker victory.
Both teams had previously won six league games in a row in a tightly contested title race, but it was Bayern who prevailed in the behind-closed-doors clash at Signal Iduna Park.
Kimmich scored what proved to be the only goal just before half-time with an audacious chip from 20 yards, which Roman Burki was unable to keep out despite getting a hand to it.
Dortmund, who lost striker Erling Haaland to injury in the second half, had a penalty shout rejected and saw Mahmoud Dahoud come close late on but ultimately could not find a way through.
Match Events 1′ CLOSE! Boateng makes goal-line clearance to deny Haaland
Dortmund are straight on the attack! Neuer races from his goal to beat Hazard to a ball in behind, but Haaland pounces. From the edge of the area, the young striker nutmegs Neuer with pinpoint accuracy, only to find his slowing strike stopped on the line by Boateng.
4′ SAVE! Neuer parries Brandt’s shot
A glorious switch gets Guerreiro in behind on the left, and he cuts a pass back into Brandt’s path. Haaland is in the centre, but Brandt goes for an ambitious 20-yard curler and picks out only the goalkeeper.
10′ Disallowed! Guerreiro scores but the goal is offside
Dortmund have the ball in the net, but it won’t count. A wonderful move creates space for Hazard down the right, with Davies dragged out of position, and he picks out Haaland. A low shot is blocked by Alaba, as is Hakimi’s follow-up, but the ball spins back to Hazard. Hazard is offside, however, as he centres for Hakimi to head in.
12′ Muller misses a great chance!
Kimmich lofts in a beautiful ball that drifts just over Muller’s head. Muller was stood in front of the goalkeeper, who collected but would have been stranded had the striker got a touch.
20′ Piszczek makes goal-line clearance
Bayern almost have the lead! Coman’s low cross from the right finds Gnabry completely unmarked in the centre. His shot beats Burki, but Piszczek recovers to clear and get the ball away from the lurking Lewandowski.
32′ Davies makes timely block to stop Haaland
Haaland races away from Alaba, but the left-back appears capable of recovering from anywhere on the pitch with his pace. One scruffy touch from the striker lets Davies in.
40′ Burki parries Goretzka long shot
No risks from Burki! He punches clear as Goretzka thunders in a 20-yard shot following a poor Hakimi header.
43′ GOAL! Dortmund 0-1 Bayern (Kimmich)
The visitors have Dortmund on the back foot, and Kimmich picks up possession when Davies’ pass is cut out. He moves forward and, spotting Burki off his line, lifts a delicious chip over the goalkeeper into the top-left corner. Burki gets a hand to the ball but cannot turn it over the crossbar.
54′ SAVE! Fine stop from world-class Burki
Crucial stop from Burki! And then Hummels to the rescue! Dortmund are hanging on! Goretzka shoots low and Burki parries, only for Gnabry to gather the ball and dart into the area. A square pass appears to give Lewandowski an open goal, but Hummels intervenes brilliantly.
58′ No pen! Haaland shot blocked by Boateng’s arm in the box
Hazard collects on the left-hand side of the area and squares to Haaland, who controls as Boateng slips. The striker has a clear shot at goal but shoots against the prone defender. The ball spins behind, having appeared to catch Boateng’s arm, but there is no penalty and no appeal.
72′ Subs! Haaland out, Reyna in
Reyna is on for Dortmund, and there might be concern for Haaland, who makes way. The striker is moving awkwardly after stretching for a Sancho cross.
83′ POST! Lewandowski almost score for Bayern
The striker shapes to shoot and sees a low curler deflect off Hummels and against the post. Gnabry hacks over the top on the rebound.
With a hopeful world looking to Germany to see how feasible it is for professional football to return despite the coronavirus, multiple matches took place across several cities in both the first and second tiers of the German league. The pick of the matches was the much anticipated Revierderby, the match between the two biggest clubs in Germany’s Ruhr region, Borrusia Dortmund and Schalke 04.
Teen sensation Erling Braut Haaland continued from where he left off before the enforced break by scoring the first for Dortmund in convincing 4-0 win over Schalke.
The game will mostly be remembered for the surreal circumstances in which it was played, as Germany became the first major league in Europe to resume action behind closed doors.
There was an eerie atmosphere at Dortmund’s iconic Signal Iduna Park stadium, with every shout by players or coaches audible, and social distancing protocol followed by substitutes and during goal celebrations.
Haaland opened the scoring with a trademark cool finish, flicking home Thorgen Hazard’s cross to continue his sensational season, albeit after an enforced break of almost 10 weeks.
Raphael Guerreiro added two more goals and Hazard also found the net as Dortmund went on to claim a comfortable win over their near neighbours and move within a point of leaders Bayern Munich, who play today.
Elite-level football might be back in Europe, but it certainly has a different feel about it than it did two months ago. Strict hygiene protocols saw the Dortmund and Schalke players arrive on multiple buses, use several changing rooms and then enter the pitch by different routes.
Warm-ups were staggered and the coaching staff and substitutes wore masks and were all separated by two metres as they took their place on the sidelines.
Once the balls had been disinfected by the ball-boys, the game began in total silence, only pierced by the referee’s whistle for kick-off, before being played out to the sound of echoed applause or yelled instructions from the dug-outs.
Fans were completely absent from the 80,000-capacity stadium but that did not stop the Dortmund players performing their trademark salute to the empty stands at the final whistle – standing apart rather than holding hands of course.
The backdrop to the game made for a strange spectacle, but it did nothing to disrupt Haaland’s fine form even if it was 70 days on from his last Bundesliga appearance. With the rest of Europe watching on, Dortmund’s 19-year-old Norwegian wonderkid reminded everyone of his precocious talent as he scored one goal, and helped make another.
Haaland’s goal means he now has a total of 37 in club competition for the season – before joining Dortmund he scored 14 goals in Austra’s top division for Red Bull Salzburg, and eight more in the Champions League.
He has now scored 10 goals in his first nine Bundesliga appearances – and 13 in 12 games in all competitions – since his January move from Red Bull Salzburg and his prolific scoring rate shows no sign of slowing up.
Another of Dortmund’s highly-rated young talents, England forward Jadon Sancho, was restricted to an 11-minute cameo off the bench, because of a calf injury.
On-loan Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny started for Schalke, who brought on Wales winger Rabbi Matondo as one of their five substitutes – two more than usual are permitted under the new regulations for the Bundesliga’s restart.
Bundesliga Gives Insight into New Reality
The German Bundesliga restarted on Saturday and gave a glimpse into what the Premier League and other top leagues may look like if they return. South Korea’s K League kicked off last weekend, while some smaller leagues such as Belarus and Nicaragua have never stopped – but this was the first elite football in over two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
So what did football in May 2020 – played behind closed doors and with some social distancing – look like?
Temperature checks, several buses and disinfected balls
Teams arrived in several buses so players could socially distance on the journey to the game. Players and staff had all been quarantining in team hotels all week and are being tested for coronavirus regularly. As they left the buses they wore facemasks on their way into the ground. Other people attending the games, including the media, had their temperatures checked.
Fans were banned from matches, with police patrolling to make sure no crowds gathered at the venues. Only 213 people were allowed into the ground – 98 on and around the pitch (like players, coaches and ball boys) and 115 in the stands (such as security, medics and media). Another 109 people (including security and VAR operators) were allowed just outside the stadium.
There were 30 match balls, each of them disinfected by ball boys and left on special spots rather than handing them to players.
Substitutes and coaches wore masks and socially distanced on individual seats on the bench – or in some cases in the front rows of the empty stands behind the benches. RB Leipzig, who drew with Freiburg 1-1, brought in a set of airport stairs so players could get to and from their seats in the stands.
Head coaches were allowed to go without a mask so they could shout instructions to their players. Substitutes took off their masks to warm up, and when players were replaced they were handed a mask before reaching the bench.
Elbow bumps instead of hugs
The actual play itself was no different to normal with tackles flying in and plenty of goals – 16 – across yesterday’s six games. But there was some social distancing on show for goals as many strikes were celebrated without the usual embraces, think elbow bumps instead of hugs.
However, some goals – notably those by Hertha Berlin players in their 3-0 win at Hoffenheim – were just celebrated as normal. Hertha will not be punished as the German league asking players not to embrace is a guideline and not a rule.
With only a few dozen people making noise on the benches, television viewers could hear the players and managers talking, as well as the sound of the ball being kicked – and of the ball hitting the back of the net.
Teams were allowed to use five substitutes in a game – which other leagues will have the option to do when they return. So Schalke, in their 4-0 defeat by Borussia Dortmund, were able to make two substitutions at half-time – and another three after the break.
Applauding empty stands
After the final whistle – to deafening silence – Borussia Dortmund’s players went across to their famous South Bank – usually known as the Yellow Wall which holds 25,000 fans – to applaud and run towards the empty stand to celebrate.
Wolfsburg players kicked boots with the referee and his assistants, rather than the usual handshakes, following their 2-1 victory at Augsburg. Elsewhere, fist bumps and elbow bumps were the name of the game.
Players and managers were interviewed by television reporters with microphones on sticks, keeping to a safe distance, while post-match news conferences were done by video conferencing.
RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen is interviewed from a safe distance
Did the fans stay away?
One of the reasons Premier League games could be played at neutral venues is to avoid fans congregating outside their own ground during a game. But that did not appear to be an issue in Germany yesterday.
Dortmund police spokesperson Olivier Peiler said: “It’s surprisingly quiet. We had expected and calculated various scenarios, but we didn’t expect that only a few fans would come to the stadium and the city centre.
“Apparently the pleas by the city and police to stay and watch the match at home have worked out. We are very pleased by this in order to avoid infections.”
Not everyone was happy though. Augsburg fans put a banner in an empty stand saying “football gives life – your business is sick” in protest at football continuing during the pandemic.
What did the managers think?
After a goalless draw with Paderborn, Fortuna Dusseldorf manager Uwe Rosler said: “The day was a bit odd. I am an emotional man, I like to take a player in my arms, which I obviously couldn’t do today.”
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre, said: “There is no noise. You shoot at the goal, you make a great pass, you score, and nothing happens. It’s very, very weird.”
Freiburg coach, Christian Streich, told a virtual news conference: “Obviously, it’s sad the fans cannot watch the game, that we can’t meet up and go to the game and play this game together.
“This is not something that can go on indefinitely. But under these conditions I did not expect a drop in quality because of a lack of fans and we did not see that.”
Hertha Berlin boss Bruno Labbadia defended his side celebrating their goals without social distancing. “The fact is that this is part of football,” he said. “We’ve been tested so many times that we can allow it.
“If you can’t celebrate anymore, the whole thing breaks down. I’m just glad that the team had reason to cheer today.”
How did other people react?
Former Bayern Munich and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who was doing BT Sport punditry from his own house, said: “I am missing the fans already. It was so strange, it is going to take some getting used to. “Football without the fans is tough to watch.”
BBC live text reader Jonathan Chilvers said: “Atmosphere at Dortmund vs Schalke reminds me of playing Year 10 basketball in the school sports hall.”
Marty Waddell tweeted: “Nope. Sorry. As much as I love and miss football, that just wasn’t right. And i still miss it just as much (if not more).”
Christian Vieri believes Erling Haaland is the best striker in the world, and will eventually go to a new team for a world record fee.
Speaking on an Instagram Live interview with Corriere della Sera, the former prolific Italian striker claimed: ‘In a couple of years he will go to a great team for €200million, maybe €300million (£260million).’
After scoring 29 goals in 27 games for Red Bull Salzburg, Haaland made a move to Borussia Dortmund in a £17million deal in January.
‘Haaland is the strongest of all [strikers] and has done well to choose Borussia Dortmund, the best club to enhance his talents,’ said Vieri.
And Vieri, who scored 194 goals in 374 games during his career at clubs such as Juventus, Inter Milan, and Atletico Madrid, is likely hard to impress.
Haaland was attracting the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United before making his move to Germany, and after impressing so far with 12 goals in 11 games, it seems likely Dortmund will demand a much higher asking price if he is to move on.
Jadon Sancho will not be leaving Borussia Dortmund for an astronomical transfer fee in the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Paul Merson.
The 20-year-old has been linked with a £100 million ($125m) move to Manchester United – a deal that would make him the most expensive English player of all time.
However, with the current Covid-19 outbreak halting football worldwide and putting significant financial pressure on clubs, former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes big-money transfers will disappear from the game for a while.
“All the talk about Jadon Sancho commanding a £100m-plus transfer fee has been blown out of the water if you ask me,” Merson said in his weekly column for Daily Star.
“Borussia Dortmund are said to be demanding in excess of that figure for one of Europe’s hottest young talents, but they can forget it.
“There’s no way that’s going to be happening. It’s gone – over and out.
“Top clubs can’t be putting staff on furlough and then start forking out that kind of money the minute the transfer window opens.
“It’s not just the fee, but with players in that price bracket comes a pay packet of around £300,000 a week and that’s just not going to be happening.
“The landscape has changed not just for everyone on the planet but for football as well.
“Really big-money moves may be off the table for quite some time.
“With the financial situation as it is, how would it look for clubs struggling to pay their staff and then transfer deadline day arrives and it flashes up on the screen that £900m or whatever has been splashed out on players? There would be uproar.”
Watford academy product Sancho has become one of football’s hottest properties since leaving Manchester City without a single first-team appearance to his name in 2017, adapting to life in Germany with Dortmund like a duck to water.
The winger has scored an impressive 31 goals and created 42 assists across three seasons in the Bundesliga – while also earning a regular place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Chelsea and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in signing Sancho, as have Bayern Munich and French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Jürgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool never had a chance of signing Erling Haaland during the January transfer window, when the Norway international joined Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg.
Haaland was linked with most top sides in Europe during the winter transfer window, but the 19-year-old and his agent Mino Raiola ultimately decided on a move to Germany – snubbing Salzburg’s sister club in Leipzig in the process.
Borussia Dortmund in No Hurry to Sell Jadon Sancho as Value Could Skyrocket After Euros…
Exclusive – Borussia Dortmund remain in no hurry to sell Jadon Sancho before Euro 2020, anticipating that his value could inflate with good performances on the international stage.
Premier League pair Manchester United and Chelsea are the main chasers for his signatures at the moment, both clubs looking to restructure their forward lines as they go through transitional periods – currently 38 and 32 points respectively behind league leaders Liverpool.
Sancho is in line to fight for a starting place in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions side at this summer’s continental tournament, and a strong contribution to a deep tournament run – arguably the only stage on which he is yet to prove himself – could see his price rise even further.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has refused to definitively rule out an exit for the England starlet, but told German press after the transfer deadline that no club has contacted with them with a proposal.
“The fact is no other club has contacted us so far about Jadon,” he said. “[I can’t] reliably answer today [if Sancho will stay at Dortmund beyond the summer]. What I can say for sure is that he feels very comfortable with us. Otherwise he could not produce such [high-level] performances week after week.”
There appeared to be a rift growing between Sancho and the German club as recently as November, when the young Englishman was substituted in the first half of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich – David Ornstein later writing for The Athletic that Sancho felt ‘humiliated’ by the move.
He had been dropped and fined at the end of the previous month for a late return from international duty, but the snub appears to have served only to motivate him.
Since the Bayern game, Sancho has scored and assisted in eight out of 11 starts, totalling 11 goals and eight assists in that time (including a substitute appearance against Barcelona).
Erling Haaland ‘Not 100% Fit’ as Record-Breaking Dortmund Star Warns There’s More to come…
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland insists he’s ‘still not 100 per cent’ fit, despite scoring seven goals in his first three appearances – averaging a goal every 19 minutes thus far.
Haaland swapped Red Bull Salzburg for Dortmund during the January transfer window, snubbing interest from other top sides across Europe in an £18m deal.
He scored a debut hat-trick against Augsburg and twice against FC Köln, both of which were as a substitute, but after netting another two from the start in Borussia Dortmund’s 5-0 win over Union Berlin, Haaland warned he’s still not at full fitness.
“It was pretty tough today, but it was also nice to play from the start,” Haaland said, quoted by Goal. “I have to get even fitter, I am still not 100 per cent.”
The Norway international has reached his tally of seven Bundesliga goals quicker than any other player in the competition’s history, adding another record to his name following a stunning start to the season in Austria.
In addition, each of the striker’s first seven shots in Germany have resulted in goals.
Haaland became the first player to ever score six goals in his opening three Champions League appearances during his time in Salzburg, going on to score 29 goals in 27 appearances for the Red Bull backed club across all competitions.
The 19-year-old will be looking to score in another competition in midweek when Borussia Dortmund travel to face Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal.
The Champions League knockout stages are also just around the corner, with Dortmund set to welcome their former manager Thomas Tuchel back to the Westfalenstadion in their two-legged clash against Paris Saint-Germain.
Erling Haaland,Jadon Sancho
Haaland isn’t the only teenager to be breaking records at Borussia Dortmund this season either, as Jadon Sancho scored his 25th Bundesliga goal against Union Berlin on Saturday.
The England international became the youngest player in German top-flight history to reach that milestone.
Borussia Dortmund Confirm Signing of Emre Can From juventus…
Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Juventus’ Emre Can on loan, with the midfielder set to join on a permanent basis if certain parameters are met.
Former Liverpool star Can has struggled since leaving Anfield for Turin and was left out of the Serie A side’s Champions League squad by Maurizio Sarri earlier this season, the Germany international admitting back in September he was ‘shocked and angry’ over the omission.
He will get the chance to play in Europe’s elite club competition with Dortmund, with the Bundesliga outfit set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.
“Borussia Dortmund has signed German international Emre Can from Italian champions Juventus Turin with immediate effect.
“The 26-year-old will be loaned until the end of the season. If agreed parameters are met, the loan is then transferred to a fixed transfer.”
Can added: “I think the team has great potential and can win something. I am convinced that I can help them and can’t wait to play in front of these fans for whom Borussia Dortmund is known all over the world for the first time.”
Can joined Juventus from Liverpool in 2018 and enjoyed a reasonably good first season with La Vecchia Signora, featuring in 37 games in all competitions, winning Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana.
However, the massive competition for places under Sarri has seen Can’s game time decrease, with the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot and Sami Khedira all above him in the pecking order.
Juventus v Cagliari Calcio – Serie A
The 26-year-old was also said to be interesting Premier League sides Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, while former club Bayern Munich were also linked before he sealed the move to Signal Iduna Park.
The deal will give Dortmund added depth in central midfield, with BVB having previously sold Julian Weigl to Portuguese side Benfica.
Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the arrival of Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland ahead of the January transfer window.
The Norway international has scored 28 goals in 22 games across all competitions this season, while having a helping hand in further seven.
Haaland has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe this season, but Borussia Dortmund have now confirmed that they’ve won the race for his signature.
The 19-year-old has signed a contract at the Westfalenstadion until 2024.
“Despite many offers from absolute top clubs from all over Europe, Erling Haaland decided on the sporting task at BVB and the perspective that we have shown him,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told the club’s official website.
“Our tenacity has paid off.”
Also speaking upon the announcement, sporting director Michael Zorc added: “We can all look forward to an ambitious, athletic and physically strong centre-forward with a pronounced goal instinct and impressive speed, which we would like to develop further in Dortmund.
“At the age of 19, Erling is of course just beginning a hopefully great career!”
Haaland will now join former Barcelona striker Paco Alcácer as the only recognised centre-forward at Borussia Dortmund.
Alcácer has been forced to miss large spells throughout his career at Dortmund due to injury, forcing Mario Götze out of position to lead the line for Lucien Favre’s side.
Borussia Dortmund have also been short in numbers this season specifically following their decision to sell Alexander Isak to Real Sociedad during the summer transfer window.
Haaland had been linked with Manchester United for quite some time due to his links with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while he’d also been tipped to stay in Red Bull’s system by joining their club in Leipzig.
Erling Braut Håland
Italian champions Juventus were most recently suggested to have reached a verbal agreement with Haaland ahead of the January transfer window, which upon Borussia Dortmund’s confirmation quite clearly isn’t true.
Haaland only spent 12 months on the books at Red Bull Salzburg having arrived midway through last season from Molde.
In 27 appearances across all competitions from the Austrian giants, Haaland has scored 29 goals and picked up seven assists throughout his short career in Salzburg