Borussia Dortmund’s vulnerability to losing their top talents has surfaced again this summer, emphasising the need for manager Thomas Tuchel to take evasive action in the transfer market.
After Mats Hummels’ defection to Bayern Munich, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan followed the talismanic defender out of the door, heading to the blue and red halves of Manchester respectively.
Tuchel has been busy in his task of replenishment with the likes of Barcelona defender Marc Bartra and Rennes attacking midfielder Ousmane Dembele among six new faces but, if reports in leading French football publication L’Equipe contain substance, then Dortmund’s boss isn’t yet finished recruiting.
The name earmarked by L’Equipe is that of Newcastle and France midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
From the moment the Magpies fell through the Premier League trapdoor in May, Sissoko’s continuing status as a Newcastle player came under threat and BVB’s apparent interest is likely to be well received by the Frenchman, if not his current club.
In a candid interview given to Foot Mercato before the recent European Championships, the 26-year-old left little ambiguity over his desires ahead of the 2016/17 season.
“I have reached a level where playing in the Championship would be difficult for me,” Sissoko said.
“I need to continue to evolve. I aspire to play for the greatest European clubs and to continue with the French national team.”
Having starred for the eventual Euro 2016 runners-up in the latter stages of the tournament, particularly in the final, Newcastle must have been bracing themselves for renewed speculation.
This is a rumour that looks to have legs, though Dortmund’s interest in signing Sissoko is unlikely to be isolated given his recent exploits for Les Bleus.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.