Borussia Dortmund Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 30
The winter transfer window is soon to open, and "silly season" is in full gear as rumors flood the headlines in football publications.
Borussia Dortmund are no exception to the rule: Many players have been linked with the Bundesliga side; just as many of BVB's stars have been rumored to be on the radar of many of Europe's top clubs.
This week and throughout the transfer window, check back here for updates on all the latest news regarding Dortmund's potential signings and sales.
—LAST UPDATE: Saturday, January 4—
It's long been a foregone conclusion that Robert Lewandowski will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer in the summer, but in the interview with Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Hans-Joachim Watzke weighed in on the issue.
According to the Dortmund CEO, Lewandowski "to my knowledge wants to go to Bayern Munich."
The executive went on to explain that Dortmund will scan the market looking for a replacement, but did not mention any specific options. He did, however, point out that BVB could use "another type of center-forward," pointing out that Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had previously played in that position before joining Dortmund.
UPDATE, December 31:
According to Bild, Lewandowski appeared on Polish TV show Cafe Futbol and claimed that he had not yet decided whether to join Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. However, show host Mateusz Borek later Tweeted:
"On January 2, Robert will sign a contract with Bayern for four or five years. He gave Bayern his word, although Real increased their offer several times. He will stay with BVB until the end of the season."
Bild corroborated Borek's statements, reporting that according to their own insider information, Lewandowski reached an agreement with Bayern last season.
UPDATE, January 2:
Muenchner Abendzeitung reports that Lewandowski will have a medical check in Munich this week. The paper claimed that Real Madrid had offered Dortmund €10 million to release him from his contract this January, but that the player will instead leave at season's end for Bavaria. According to the report, in the next few days he will pen a four-year contract with Bayern.
UPDATE, January 4:
Sky reporter Torben Hoffmann revealed via his Twitter account that Lewandowski is in Munich today for his medical. He later posted a picture of the player's agent, Cezary Kucharski, outside Bayern Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt's clinic.
UPDATE, January 4:
Bild reports that Lewandowski will sign a five-year contract, pending his medical.
Dortmund have been rather thin in central defense this season, with injuries to Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels leaving Juergen Klopp with few options at the back. According to German source Spox, French paper Le Parisien reports that BVB are keen to sign Nantes star Papy Mison Djilobodji.
The 25-year-old Djilobodji has a contract that runs until 2016, but is currently valued at a modest €2 million. He has twice represented his native Senegal.
Speaking with Sport Bild in an interview published on Wednesday, Matthias Ginter confirmed interest from Bayern Munich and Dortmund.
"I've made first contact with Bayern," the Freiburg man revealed. Speaking of Dortmund, he added: "There were some discussions previously. And more recently [the interest] has become more concrete one again."
Ginter refused to specify which team he'd prefer to join and when he'd consider a transfer, but ruled out a January transfer.
A versatile player, Ginter can fill in at both center-back and in defensive midfield. The 19-year-old's contract with Freiburg runs until 2015.
Speaking to Sueddeutsche Zeitung (in German) in an interview published on Monday, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke stated that Ilkay Gundogan will not leave the club on a free transfer.
"Ultimately, only he decides whether he wants to promote his development with us. He knows, however, that we expect a decision from him soon," the 54-year-old said. When asked how BVB would react if the player opted not to extend, he added: "Then we would have to come up with a deal to sell Gundogan."
The 23-year-old Gundogan has not played since August due to a back injury but nonetheless has been closely linked with a move to Real Madrid, with Spanish publication Marca claiming interest. The player's father, Irfan, also spoke of the interest in a report by AS (English via Yahoo Sport).