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Die Schwarzgelben – The service and the loyalty I owe, in doing it, pays itself

Being the manager of Dortmund is like waiting for the inevitable, the departure of Erling Haaland. With Haaland having already won the Ballon d’Or my worry regarding the ability to keep Haaland at the club grew as the January transfer win drew nearer.

January 2022

After the mid-season break, the players started with a friendly against DSC Arminia Bielefeld to bolster match fitness in preparation for the return of the Bundesliga.

Now with the January transfer window being open, a few players have been looked at by other clubs.

Axel Witsel contract runs out at the end of the season meaning that clubs can approach to sign Witsel on a free. The likes of Newcastle and Leicester have all started showing an interest in the midfielder. Despite his age, I reckon I can convince Witsel to stay at Dortmund. But, this will all be his decision due to the short time left on his current contract.

Raphaël Guerreiro is wanted by Newcastle, Manchester United and Manchester City. Now, I am never one to willingly accept offers for players. Due to the way that Guerreiro has been played I’ve set his asking price at £60m. Newcastle with their new owners met that asking price so now it’s down to Guerreiro to make the decision on whether he wants to move to Newcastle.

The final player, also wanted by Newcastle is Swiss centre-back Manuel Akanji. Due to his contract running out in 2023 and him already being aware that other clubs have been looking at him it was clear that the asking price for Akanji needed to be set at a figure that would be acceptable. This fee has been set at £37.5m which, like Guerreiro, Newcastle have already accepted.

So, could we see Guerreiro and Akanji leave for Newcastle? The decision is theirs.

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