Borussia Dortmund

How Borussia Dortmund should spend money from Jadon Sancho sale

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Donyell Malen is worth considering for Dortmund
Donyell Malen is worth considering for Dortmund / BSR Agency/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund's ability to bounce back from the sale of their star players is well known.

The latest BVB star to fly off the conveyor belt is Jadon Sancho, with the forward sealing a long-anticipated £73m move to Manchester United recently.

He leaves with Dortmund in their weakest position in some time, albeit with a potentially exciting future to look forward to under former Borussia Monchengladbach boss Marco Rose.

A full rebuild will not be possible with the Sancho money, but it should allow BVB to address some of their inadequacies, as well as find the next big thing that they can sell on to a European giant in a few years time. Here are some of the players they should consider targeting...

1. Noni Madueke

Noni Madueke
Madueke turned heads for PSV last season / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

There are obvious comparisons to be made between Noni Madueke and Sancho.

Both left Premier League clubs at an early age to aid their development abroad, both like to operate in a right forward berth and both have been tipped for superstardom.

Since moving to PSV Eindhoven, Madueke has cemented his reputation as a top talent. He took things to a new level last term, registering seven goals and six assists in just 24 Eredivisie games.

Dortmund is the perfect place for the 19-year-old to take the next step in his career. As he's English, he can also be sold on for a mouthwatering profit in the not-so-distant future.

2. Donyell Malen

Donyell Malen, Tomas Vaclik
Malen enjoyed some promising cameos at Euro 2020 / BSR Agency/Getty Images

For now, Dortmund seem fairly settled up front. They have one of the best strikers in the world in Erling Haaland after all. However, it is only a matter of time before Haaland depart for bigger things.

It makes sense that they recruit his replacement sooner rather than later.

Donyell Malen may not be a like-for-like switch but he has the potential to be prolific in the Bundesliga. A technically proficient operator who possesses devastating pace, he would clean up against the league's high-line defences.

Last season he managed 27 goals and 10 assists in all competitions and at just 22 he has plenty of time to improve. His impressive displays at Euro 2020 will have unfortunately increased his price tag but Dortmund are known for negotiating a bargain.

3. Jerome Boateng

Jerome Boateng
Boateng is yet to find a new club / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Dortmund's biggest problem last season was their leaky defence; they conceded 46 goals in the Bundesliga, worse than Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen and even Union Berlin.

What they need is an injection of experience right into the heart of their backline. This is where Jerome Boateng could come in.

The Germany international is currently a free agent after he was not offered a new deal by Bayern Munich, despite missing just five Bundesliga games last term.

Still quick enough at 32, it has previously been reported that Dortmund have no interest in Boateng. We think they should reconsider.

4. Daichi Kamada

Daichi Kamada
Any excuse to look at a photo of that Japan shirt / Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

Eintracht Frankfurt were seriously unfortunate not to clinch a Champions League spot last season.

At times the football they played was sublime, with Andre Silva eventually outscoring Haaland with 28 Bundesliga goals.

Dortmund could be able to take advantage of the Eagles' failure to reach Europe's premier club competition by swooping for some of their stars. Unfortunately Silva is already taken, with RB Leipzig securing his services recently.

Someone who is still available is Daichi Kamada. The attacking midfielder enjoyed a terrific 2020/2021 campaign, laying on 12 Bundesliga assists. He also presses like a maniac, suiting him well to the style Rose will look to impose on his charges next term.