Borussia Dortmund fans will be more than used to the high rate of player turnover at the Westfalenstadion and this summer will likely be no different.
The Black and Yellows have adopted a prudent financial model since surviving bankruptcy in the early 2000s. Dortmunds long-term transfer strategy has been to invest in talent early, often selling players on for huge fees.
Most recently, Dortmund sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal for around £60m, having got the best out of the forward during his four-and-a-half seasons in the Bundesliga.
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In the summer they received a club record fee for Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman cost Barcelona £95m after only one season with Dortmund, following his £13.5m move from Rennes.
In 2016/17 over £90m was generated by the sales of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gündogan to Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, respectively.
But who will be the next star to leave Dortmund for big money?
As it stands, fan favourite Marco Reus and young prospect Christian Pulisic are arguably the most saleable assets within manager Peter Stöger’s ranks.
Pulisic’s stock has taken a dip recently after being omitted from the starting XI in back-to-back league games. The American missed out against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Ausburg despite being the club’s best attacker prior to Peter Bosz’s departure. But he’s still only 19 and has the potential to offer the club a lot more going forward, as well as being able to command a much higher transfer fee in the coming years.
Then there’s Reus, the local lad who has a special bond with the Dortmund fans. The German international is Dortmund’s best player when fit, but he just cannot stay healthy. Since his signing in January 2012 Reus has missed a total of 99 games for Dortmund, according to www.transfermarkt.com.
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The 28-year-old is currently bouncing back from a cruciate injury which has kept him out since May last year. He’s scored in his last two league games and there’s talk that Dortmund are eager for his to sign a contract extension amid links to Liverpool. Due to his age and injury history, should Dortmund sell while there’s stock in Reus?
Aside from Pulisic and Reus, there aren’t many options of generating a vast sum of cash through transfers if the club are forced to do so. Both Mario Götze and André Schürrle have had their chances on the big stage. Julian Weigl would attract a lot of interest but has become so key to the way Dortmund play.
At the end of the day it comes down to price. Can Reus still command a high transfer fee? Or, are Dortmund likely to lose a yet another rising star like Pulisic this summer as they did with Dembele?