Borussia Dortmund have made an official bid for Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, with the domestic transfer window opening on Wednesday. Ter Stegen is transfer listed by request after failing to agree new terms at Borussia-Park.
The 23 year-old German international (7 caps) kept nine clean sheets in 1.Bundesliga last season and has a £23m release clause, but Dortmund believe they can agree a deal at a lower value due to the player’s reluctance to remain at a Gladbach side who missed out on continental football this season.
Gladbach are thought to want closer to £19m for the player ahead of his contract expiring next summer. Though failure to seal a summer deal would surely mean a knock-down price in the new year before the player who has spent his entire career at the club can leave on a free.
Swansea City have made the first big deal of summer 2015 as the transfer window opens across Europe, signing Korean international striker Son Heung-Min from Hamburg for an initial £12.5m, a fee that could rise to £14.25m. The 22 year-old was named Asian Footballer of the Year in 2014, and scored nine times in Bundesliga last season.
Other significant deals going through today have included the £6m move of Emil Larsen from West Ham United to Everton, two seasons after leaving his native Denmark for £1.6m in 2013; Nemanja Tomic has joined Vitesse from Partizan for £4m; and Aston Villa have signed Sparta Prague’s Colombian midfielder Carlos Sánchez for £3m.
The board of directors at Borussia Dortmund have made announcements this morning regarding the club’s finances ahead of the transfer window opening on Monday as preparations begin for the 2015-16 season.
First Team Manager Gray Surman has been given an initial transfer fund of £15.85m, and the wage budget is set at £1.33m per week (current spends £1.2m p/w). 100% of any fees raised will be made available, and should the current wage total remain constant, then a £20.2m transfer kitty can be spent excluding any fees received.
The club made a total loss of £13.2m last season, but prize money has now been paid by UEFA and DFL meaning that the club has made a profit of £28m in June alone. The club’s current balance is £79.26m, with £1.04m being raised through the club’s membership scheme, a similar amount as last season.
The board announced that dividends totalling £13m will be paid to shareholders, with the turnover for the last financial year being approximately £228m.
The 1.Bundesliga fixture list will be released on 20 June. The opening day of the season will take place on 22 August, with the DFL-Supercup at Schalke scheduled for 25 July.
The double-winning U19 side have arranged their first pre-season friendlies. They will travel to SC Freiburg on 01 August, before playing at Hamburger SV four days later. Freiburg finished 7th in Group 4 last season, while Hamburg were 3rd in Group 2.
Kevin Großkreutz has moved from Dortmund to AC Milan on loan for the remainder of the season, but wasn’t full of praise for the manager he has won four trophies under. After making just nine appearances this season, the 26 year-old midfielder said that he was “satisified to be leaving the company” of Grayson Surman.
The quote, while hopefully mistranslated by the Milanese press, will undoubtedly not go down well at Signal Iduna Park.
Also heading out on loan as the transfer window closes is Hervé Matthys. The 19 year-old centre back joined Dortmund in the summer and has made eight appearances, but first-team action at SV Darmstadt is on the cards for the remainder of the season. The BVB management are said to be very fond of the Belgian teenager and will be keeping an eye on his progress at the fourth-tier club.
Dortmund registered their squad for the remainder of the Bundesliga season, with Jos Verniers (who signed last month) being added, as well as youngsters Osman Varol and Josef Bungert after their seventeenth birthdays.
Gray Surman has publicly announced his desire to sign Club Brugge midfielder Jos Verniers for the first time, after weeks of speculation and enquiries with the Belgian club.
The 20 year-old defensive midfielder came through the academy system at Jan Breydel, and has made fourteen appearances for the first team this season, creating four assists. Verniers is a Belgium U21 team mate of Dennis Praet, having earned 12 caps for his country at that level.
Following Surman’s recent comments to World Soccer that he would do everything he could to acquire Verniers, the player was asked about a potential move to BVB by Nr10.be: “I’d find it hard to leave my boyhood club should Dortmund make an offer, but the chance to join a club like them doesn’t come along every day and it might be hard to turn that down.”
Club Brugge have reportedly rejected a £2.5m bid ahead of the transfer window opening.
The transfer window has closed for many of the continent’s top-flight domestic leagues, with the largest deal of the day being Chelsea’s capture of Jan Kirchhoff, with the 23 year-old centre-back moving from FSV Mainz in a £15.25m deal.
Mainz immediately reinvested that money in the £5.5m signing of defender Paul Papp from Chievo, and with a £8m deal bringing Patrick Hermann in from Mönchengladbach.
Bayern Munich added a new striker to the club with a £9.5m signing of Javier Hernández, just a year after he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for £12.5m. Hernández was a fringe player at the Bernabéu last season, scoring 3 times in just 12 appearances.
Rumours were that Borussia Dortmund were looking at centre-back options with Felipe Santana linked with a move away from the club. They allegedly made enquiries into the availability of Per Mertesacker and Phillip Wollscheid but no deals were done.
Dortmund’s only activity today was the sale of Lasse Sobiech to Hannover for £2m, and letting Marcel Deelen move to second-tier Hansa Rostock for the rest of the season.