It’s been a busy summer at Borussia Dortmund already, but the one area that they have not addressed yet is the situation at striker. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sold in January and Michy Batshuayi returning to Chelsea from his loan, BVB are well short of options up front.
Their sporting director, Michael Zorc isn’t rushing into anything however, especially as their transfer window will remain open through the end of August.
“Right now, I don’t rule out anything. Why should we limit ourselves 70 days before the window closes? Right now, I have the impression that the transfer market, not only for attackers, has escaped reality a bit. High fees are demanded.
”We must not do any crazy things. Even more so because we have players in our squad who can play that position and can score a certain number of goals, like Maximilian Philipp for instance.”
One of the “crazy things” rumored to have “escaped reality” is Zorc using highly coveted Christian Pulisic to help land himself a new striker, possibly from Chelsea. But Batshuayi has been deemed not a good fit despite his goals and, after the rumor mill adjusted, Alvaro Morata has been deemed too expensive.
“I’d still say that Morata is too expensive ... without knowing the exact sums involved.”
-Michael Zorc; source: Funke Media via ESPN
This rumor was already on shaky ground, and while Zorc isn’t ruling out anything, we can probably safely assume that Morata isn’t going to Dortmund.
We can probably assume the same about Pulisic and Chelsea, but that sounds sad, so I shall continue to ignore that reality and substitute my own.