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BVB to add more quality and experience to their squad:
'We want to keep up with Bayern'

By Rune Gjerulff

Borussia Dortmund have initiated an ambitious strategy. "We want to keep up with Bayern in the next few years," says club boss Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Julian Brandt is set to join Borussia Dortmund.
Julian Brandt is set to join Borussia Dortmund.Photo: Светлана Бекетова/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0

On Tuesday, the Borussia Dortmund bosses sat down for an important meeting at which they discussed the reasons why they missed out on the championship title this season - and what is needed to finally win the Bundesliga in the 2019/20 season.

Present at the meeting were BVB sporting director Michael Zorc, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, head of the licensed player division Sebastian Kehl, head coach Lucien Favre and the club's external advisor Matthias Sammer.

According to Sport Bild, they ultimately agreed that the squad needs more experience and quality if the club aim to keep up with Bayern in the long run.

"We're only at the beginning of our development. We want to keep up with Bayern in the next few years. That's ambitious, but we'll try," Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sport Bild.

Accordingly, Borussia Dortmund are working on a number of transfer targets these days.

Yesterday, BVB announced the signing of Nico Schulz from Hoffenheim, and it only seems to be a matter of time before Thorgan Hazard (Gladbach), Julian Brandt (Leverkusen) and Mateu Morey (FC Barcelona) will join BVB as well (Update: Thorgan Hazard has now completed his move).

"We want to continue our improvement. The past season is a great motivation and obligation for us in our strive to be successful in the future as well," BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said and added:

"If we're convinced of player, then we're also ready to pay the necessary transfer fee."

In addition to the deals that are said to be imminent, Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing a striker and a central midfielder, according to Sport Bild.

The German news outlet further reports that Maximilian Philipp, Ömer Toprak, André Schürrle and Shinji Kagawa are all expected to leave the club while Raphael Guerreiro and Sergi Gomez could depart as well.

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