After narrowly missing out on the 2018/19 Bundesliga title to (who else but) Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund will have to set aside their frustrations and settle the staying and goings of their squad during the summer transfer window.
With a number of their star players already the subject of significant interest from top clubs across Europe, it may prove to be an uphill battle to keep some of their top performers from departing the
With another year of Champions League football on the table for Lucien Favre's exciting squad, the focus could also be on challenging for some European silverware - a prospect that in the 2018/19 season was deflated by Tottenham during the round of 16.
As Dortmund look to bounce back from what was ultimately another trophy-less season in the German top division, thinning up some of the squad - paired with some quality recruitment - may be the answer to their recent lack of glory.
Let's take a look at what should happen.
Roman Burki - KEEP - A Bundesliga veteran, the Swiss shot-stopper appeared 32 times for the club in the 2018/19 season and made some vital saves during both their domestic and European campaigns.
Marwin Hitz - KEEP - Despite being 31 years old and probably never going to start over Burki (sorry Marwin) - the Swiss is a reliable, seasoned Bundesliga mind to have in the camp who can step up if needed.
Eric Oelschlagel - KEEP & LOAN - Only 23 years old, the German goalkeeper needs some gametime after not making an appearance during the 2018/19 season. It could be wise to give him some experience elsewhere for now.
Achraf Hakimi - KEEP - The Real Madrid loanee has been impressive during the first of his two-season loan spell at the German club. Although it's safe to say Los Blancos will want him back immediately after his loan, Dortmund should use the Moroccan 20-year-old while they can.
Lukasz Piszczek - KEEP- An influential figure in the squad, Piszczek has been at the heart of the Dortmund defence for many a year. Although he only made 20 appearances in the 2018/19 Bundesliga
Raphael Guerreiro - KEEP - Although the Portuguese international started life as a winger, he has adapted to the role of left-back and centre-midfield maturely during his time with Dortmund. He could keep his shirt for the 2019/20 season if the speculation surrounding his future cooled.
Abdou Diallo - KEEP - The French defender had an excellent season at centre-back and has earned plenty of praise from fans and critics alike. Despite struggling with muscular problems throughout last season, he also adapted to roles such as left-back when needed.
Great Business from @BVB. Getting the cheaper deals yet again. Diallo Akanji are now been followed up by Hazard Schulz and soon could be brand too. Amazing Business from the German outfit! — Fuad Khatib (@_FuadKhatib_) May 22, 2019
Attacking Midfielders & Wingers
Marco Reus - KEEP -
Mario Gotze - KEEP -
Jadon Sancho led all Bundesliga players with 113 completed dribbles, 42 more than the second highest total...License to Thrill 女 pic.twitter.com/a76y0mIGM2— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) May 20, 2019
Sergio Gomez - KEEP - The Spaniard only joined in January from Barcelona B team and will be eager to earn himself a place in the starting XI next season.
Jacob Bruun Larsen - SELL- The winger appeared 24 times for Dortmund last season but only managed to get himself two goals. With the expected arrival of other wingers during the window, he may just be left sat on the bench next season.
Marius Wolf - SELL - With both Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt signing for Dortmund, the German's best option may be to leave the club unless he picks up his form.