​Borussia Dortmund are currently eight points adrift of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich at the mid-point of the season.The club also missed out on Champions League football following last season’s slump, and find a number of their players being linked with moves out of the Westfalenstadion.

World Cup winning centre-back Mats Hummels ​has been rumoured to be in talks over a move to Liverpool, while prolific striker Pierre-Emerick ​Aubameyang has been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United. With Dortmund’s chance of major silverware looking slim this season, could players seek greener pastures elsewhere?

In truth, despite manager Thomas Tuchel enjoying a good debut season in charge, there isn’t too much going for Dortmund that would warrant their coveted stars turning down moves to European giants. Europa League football is hardly going to keep them content this season, nor is the large deficit to the summit, so the chance the challenge for major honours elsewhere will surely be tempting.

There are a lot of players in the Borussia Dortmund squad that are attracting attention from the Premier League among other top European divisions. Ilkay Gundogan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus and Sven Bender have been linked with other clubs this season, so it’s hard to see the German outfit holding on to each and every one of them this month.

Dortmund haven’t been too convincing in Europe this season either, winning only three of their six games despite greatly inferior opposition in their group, so there’s little signs that suggest they are in the makings of being heavyweights again. 

The club even dropped a hint suggesting Aubameyang could be on his way out by insisting they can cope in his absence, so are Dortmund about to lose key players in January?