The day before the transfer window opens sees contracts expire, loanees return to their parent clubs, and teams move to seal deals ready to have the paperwork completed in the morning.
Borussia Dortmund today confirmed that Kostas Katsouranis and Patrick Adam Dytko have not been offered new deals and that they have both been released by the club.
Katsouranis (35) made seventeen appearances for BVB last season, but fell short of triggering an automatic 1-year extension. He joined on a free from Ajax and provided valuable cover for Sven Bender in the heart of midfield. His sole goal came on his BVB début in the 3-0 win at Olympiakos.
Dytko was capped five times for Poland U21s during his time at the club but didn’t break into the first team, being behind Reus, Götze, Perisic and Blaszczykowski in the pecking order. The 20 year-old will no doubt find a new club soon.
18 year-old right-back Nico Knystock was also released by the club. He spent the entire season on loan at Wormatia Worms, where he played 33 times last season, but was allowed to leave as several third-tier teams showed strong interest.
All three players are now available on free transfers.
Nine players returned to Signal Iduna Park after spending time on loan away from Dortmund. Those players are Mustafa Amini, Chris Löwe, Florian Hübner, Said Benkarit, Lennart Zeugner, Hendrik Bruaer, Leonardo Bittencourt, Koray Günter, and Marcel Deelen. Dortmund II will be competing in Regionalliga-West next season, so new loan deals are expected to be agreed soon.
The club have accepted an offer worth up to £220,000 from 2.Bundesliga side Hansa Rostock for 22 year-old striker Eric Durm. £20k will be paid upfront with £160k paid over three years. A further £40k bonus will be paid at 20 league goals.
The deal also includes a 40% of profit from the player’s next sale being paid to BVB. Durm scored 7 times and made 7 assists in 20 appearances for Dortmund II last season, and also scored once in his four substitute appearances for the first team.