Borussia Dortmund: Life After Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele earlier this summer hit the headlines, as he made the switch to La Liga having been signed by Barcelona, in a move worth up to £135.5m.

The Spanish giants were in search of a replacement for the outgoing Neymar, who had smashed the world record transfer fee by a huge margin with a £192m move to Paris Saint-Germain.

After being signed from French club Rennes in the previous summer transfer window, Dembele became an integral part of the first team, which no doubt caught the eye of new Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde who sought a replacement having seen the Catalan giants one of their finest players.

After sanctioning the sale of the Frenchman, Dortmund boss Peter Bosz, who replaced Thomas Tuchel at the end of the 2016-17 Bundesliga season, needed to bring in reinforcements in order to spend some of the significant fee they had received for Dembele while you betting fans rather just get bet365 on your mobile devices.

Two attacking players were brought into the side before the transfer window closing, those being:


Jadon Sancho

The youngster was signed on transfer deadline day from Premier League club Manchester City in a deal worth around £10m.

Big things are expected of the 17-year-old, who has been praised by pundits across the world.

The England youth international was given the number 7 shirt that was recently vacated by Ousmane Dembele, but it remains to be seen whether he will be thrown straight into the first team fold at Dortmund having not made a first team appearance for his former club.


Andriy Yarmolenko

The Ukrainian international joined from Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev, with the announcement of his signing coming just before Barcelona had confirmed that Dembele had signed for them.

This would suggest that Dortmund had become resigned to losing the French international, acting quickly to secure his signature.

He brings a successful goalscoring record, hitting 137 goals in 339 competitive games. His signing will allow him to lessen the burden on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who remained put at Dortmund having been linked with several clubs in the summer transfer window.

Dortmund have gained a reputation for being a ‘selling club’ over the years, having seen several of their best players sold when their performances caught the eye of big clubs across Europe.

Despite this, Dortmund seem to have a tendency of finding capable replacements, and so the loss of Dembele might not be such a bad thing, especially considering the monumental transfer fee they received for the youngster.

Only time will tell what the future holds, as Dortmund look to improve under the leadership of new manager Peter Bosz.


Written by Cristian Fry

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