Borussia Dortmund Transfer Roundup 2021/22
After a successful 2020/21 campaign, which saw Borussia Dortmund reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and win the DFB-Pokal, the Black and Yellows stayed relatively quiet in the 2021 summer transfer window.
The club were made to deal with a major departure, but with the money made from that, they spent shrewdly with the future in mind.
(All fees via transfermarkt.com)
Out: Jadon Sancho – Manchester United (€85m)
One of the biggest transfers of the window saw former Manchester City academy talent Jadon Sancho return to England to join Manchester United for €85m.
The winger sought further first team opportunities when he joined BVB in 2017, and that proved to possibly be the best decision he could’ve ever made, as the now 21-year-old developed incredibly in Germany, sky-rocketing to stardom.
He leaves Dortmund with 50 goals and 64 assists in 137 appearances across all competitions, with both a DFB-Pokal and German Supercup winners’ medal and as an England international.
Now is the right time for him to return to his native land, to test and develop his skills further. But he has certainly been a terrific servant for the club.
In: Donyell Malen – PSV (€30m)
A man seen as Sancho’s replacement, Donyell Malen arrives at Signal Iduna Park with a lot of expectation on his shoulders. The 22-year-old enjoyed a fantastic 2020/21 season at PSV, in which he scored 27 goals and claimed 10 assists in 45 games.
An Eredivisie winner in 2018, the Dutchman played the entirety of last term as a striker but given his great pace and dribbling skills, is also able to play on the wing, which is where many fans believe Marco Rose could deploy him.
With BVB’s outstanding track record of developing young players over the years, securing Malen at his current age and level can only be seen as a positive move. He has several years ahead of him and could become a key player in North Rhine-Westphalia.
In: Gregor Kobel – VFB Stuttgart (€15m)
Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Gregor Kobel from VfB Stuttgart on a deal until 2026! ✍️ pic.twitter.com/zwiQfwB48d
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) May 31, 2021
Last term saw some uncertainty in Borussia Dortmund’s goalkeeper position; Roman Burki saw a lengthy spell on the sidelines and shared game time with fellow Swiss ‘keeper Martin Hitz, who has signed a one-year contract extension at the club.
Rose is reportedly willing to let Burki go, as he has now brought in yet another Swiss shot-stopper, who made his full senior international debut for Switzerland just yesterday.
Gregor Kobel comes in for a relatively cheap €15m, after impressing for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga last season. At just 23 years old, which is very young for a goalkeeper, signing a five-year deal leads fans to believe that Kobel will be Dortmund’s number one in between the sticks this season, and perhaps for many more seasons to come.
Out: Thomas Delaney – Sevilla (€6m)
Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla FC have agreed to terms over the transfer of Thomas Delaney.
Thomas, thank you for your efforts and passion. Everyone in Dortmund wishes you the best of luck in Spain! pic.twitter.com/loGYd2rjV0
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) August 25, 2021
After three years at the club, Thomas Delaney has left Borussia Dortmund to join Sevilla in Spain. The midfielder impressed at Euro 2020 with a Denmark side that reached the semi-finals, but with his contract expiring next summer, the now 30-year-old has decided to call it a day on his time in the Bundesliga.
A Pokal winner, Delaney struggled to nail down a starting spot last year and now seeks a new challenge, with BVB now left a little short on depth in the midfield.
Out: Leonardo Balerdi – Marseille (€11m)
Borussia Dortmund and @OM_English have agreed to terms on the permanent transfer of Leo Balerdi.
We wish Leo the best of luck and thank him for his efforts! pic.twitter.com/AnrSq40Tqj
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) July 3, 2021
Back in 2019, Argentine defender Leonardo Balerdi joined Borussia Dortmund with a prosperous future ahead of him. However, the 22-year-old struggled for first team opportunities and thus, he was loaned out to Olympique Marseille in France last season.
He became a regular in Ligue 1 and has now made his stay there permanent, as Dortmund are forced to cut their losses.
In: Soumaila Coulibaly – PSG (Free)
A new defender coming in the other way from France, Soumaila Coulibaly has swapped Paris Saint-Germain’s Parc des Princes for Signal Iduna Park, as the 17-year-old arrives on a free transfer.
A product of the PSG academy, Coulibaly was one of their highest-rated prospects and this deal could be a bargain for BVB.
Out: Jeremy Toljan – Sassuolo (€3.5m)
Jeremy Toljan joined the Black and Yellows from Hoffenheim as a highly-rated young wing-back in 2017 for a reported €7.5m. Things since then haven’t quite panned as out as either the German or the club would’ve hoped.
He played 16 times in his debut season but a mixture of injuries and a lack of confidence meant he couldn’t secure regular playing time. After struggling on loan at Celtic, the 27-year-old joined Sassuolo in the summer of 2019 and following a successful two-year loan, with his deal up next summer, Dortmund again cut their losses as Toljan moves to Serie A permanently.
Out: Sergio Gomez – Anderlecht (€3.5m)
Borussia Dortmund and RSC Anderlecht have agreed to terms over the transfer of Sergio Gómez.
We thank Sergio for his efforts and wish him the best of luck in Belgium! pic.twitter.com/yxbfXW4MYS
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) June 30, 2021
A product of the famous La Masia academy, Sergio Gomez joined Borussia Dortmund in 2018. A well-rated Spanish under-21 international, the versatile wide man spent some of his time in and around the club’s first team but was mostly limited to minutes for the reserves.
A successful loan spell last year at Huesca in the Segunda Division has now convinced Vincent Kompany to bring him to Belgium this summer.
In: Marin Pongracic – VFL Wolfsburg (Loan)
A German-born Croatia international, Marin Pongracic is the final incoming for Marco Rose’s men this summer, arriving on a season-long loan from Wolfsburg.
The 23-year-old, who can also fill in at right-back, has already worked with Rose at RB Salzburg and helps provide depth in defence, after the sales of Toljan, Gomez and Balerdi, and the recent injuries to Mats Hummels and Dan-Axel Zagadou. He seems a sensible pickup for the club.
Out: Lukasz Piszczek – Goczalkowice (Free)
Finally, the final outgoing this summer for Dortmund is club legend Lukasz Piszczek, whose contract was left to expire after 11 years of exemplary service to the club.
The Poland international had initially planned on retirement, but has instead returned to his hometown club of Goczalkowice in the Polish fourth tier, where he made his first steps into football as a boy.
The right-back was a mainstay in black and yellow for a decade, playing almost 400 times in a spell which saw the club win three Pokals, three Supercups, two Bundesliga titles and reach the Champions League final. A true legend.
Donyell Malen – PSV (€30m)
Gregor Kobel – VFB Stuttgart (€15m)
Soumaila Coulibaly – PSG (Free)
Marin Pongracic – VFL Wolfsburg (Loan)
Jadon Sancho – Manchester United (€85m)
Leonardo Balerdi – Marseille (€11m)
Thomas Delaney – Sevilla (€6m)
Jeremy Toljan – Sassuolo (€3.5m)
Sergio Gomez – Anderlecht (€3.5m)
Lukasz Piszczek – Goczalkowice (Free)
It wasn’t the most successful of summer transfer windows for Borussia Dortmund, but with a great net spend, there is still plenty of positives and plenty of hope for the remainder of the new campaign.