How Borussia Dortmund could line up for the 2019/20 season
Here's how Borussia Dortmund's starting eleven could look in the 2019/20 season after their recent signings.
It's safe to say Borussia Dortmund have been very active in terms of securing new arrivals for the upcoming 2019/20 season.
|Julian Brandt has joined Borussia Dortmund from Bayer Leverkusen.||Photo: Светлана Бекетова/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0|
During this week, BVB have given the quality and depth of their squad a remarkable boost by completing the signings of Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim, €25.5 million), Thorgan Hazard (Gladbach, €25.5 million) and Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen, €25 million).
In total, Dortmund paid €76 million to sign three highly-rated, experienced and fairly young players - just €12 million more than the transfer fee BVB received when they sold Christian Pulisic to Chelsea in January.
Additionally, 'Die Schwarzgelben' are said to be on the verge of signing Mateu Morey - a 19-year-old right-back whose contract with FC Barcelona runs out this summer.
According to a recent Sport Bild report, they also have plans of bringing in a central midfielder and a striker before the transfer window closes.
Recently, Gladbach's Denis Zakaria has been linked with a move to Dortmund, but the central midfielder has downplayed the rumor in an interview with Kicker.
Meanwhile, BVB are likely to get rid of a number of players as well, with Maximilian Philipp, Ömer Toprak, André Schürrle, Shinji Kagawa, Raphael Guerreiro and Sergi Gomez all likely to leave the club.
Based on the signings Borussia Dortmund have made so far, here's how their starting eleven for the new season could look in an offensive 4-1-4-1 formation:
Roman Bürki - Achraf Hakimi, Abdou Diallo, Manuel Akanji, Nico Schulz - Axel Witsel - Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard - Mario Götze/Paco Alcacer.
If BVB coach Lucien Favre wants to add a little more defensive stability to his team, he could line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation instead, with Thomas Delaney replacing one of the more offensive players.