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Dortmund go under the radar

Wednesday 27th July 2016
Each year there seem to be more and more long running transfer sagas that dominate the front pages but often the most successful deals are the ones that are concluded away from the prying eyes of the media.

One of the sides that are slipping under the radar is Borussia Dortmund. Conducting their business quickly and quietly, they have been able to make some of the best signings of the summer.

Mario Gotze
The move to bring the 24-year-old back from title rivals Bayern will undoubtedly be the biggest headline news from their summer dealings. Just three years after leaving the Westfalstadion, Gotze returns to the club where he began his professional career after a string of disappointing performances in Munich and an even more underwhelming European Championships campaign.

While the 2014 World Cup winner returns to a much changed side from the one he left back in 2013 maybe the familiar environment can see him recapture his form, and fill the void left by Henrikh Mkhitaryan's move to Manchester United. He will prove excellent value at just £22m for a player who was touted as being one of the best creative midfielders in the world prior to his down 2015 season.

Andre Schurrle
Another player who has not had the same form as in previous years but another transfer that could prove to be terrific value (rumoured £25m deal) if he can find the levels which led to his 2013 move to Chelsea.

The 25-year-old has a proven track record of goal scoring for both club and country (20 goals in 55 games for Germany) while his performances last year for Wolfsburg were good enough for him to make the national team for the Euros this summer. He will add to a versatile front line that includes Aubameyang and Reus, bringing experience to a side that has lost so many seasoned players over the past few seasons.

Raphael Guerrerio
The left back was a vital part of the Portugal side that won the Euros just a few weeks ago. His energy to get forward matches his defensive ability as the Portuguese showed time and time again that they were able to stay in games. This resoluteness will be a key part of mounting a title challenge with the attacking options available in the German league.

Dortmund were so keen to ensure his European Championship performances didn't bring about anymore potential suitors that they pushed to complete the £10m move from French side Lorient before the tournament was completed.

Marc Bartra
Once heralded as the future heart of the Barcelona defence, the Spanish centre-half has failed somewhat to live up to the standards set for him. The 25-year-old was unable to replace Puyol as the likes of Mascherano and Matheiu were used ahead of him; hence he made just 59 league appearances in his six years in Catalonia.

Moving for a fee of around £6m could be the biggest steal of the transfer window as last year's Bundesliga runners up look to replace Mats Hummels at the core of their defensive line after he moved to Bayern, in a move which cost the German Champions over £32m. Bartra's pace and ability on the ball make him the perfect replacement for the departed Hummels, who used be the starting points for many attacks with his vast range of passing. Having come through the famed La Masia academy, Bartra should be able to fill the role of ball playing defender expertly.

The signings mentioned have all filled big needs for Dortmund as they look to try and regain the title, which they last won back in 2012. While they may not have the same hype that surrounded the side under the management of Jurgen Klopp, that may suit them as they move into a new era with Thomas Tuchel at the helm and this transfer window, coupled with the departure of Pep Guardiola, could see them once again as everyone's second favourite team.

 
Matt Howes
Sports writer. Norwich City fan. If you want to give me feedback or talk about anything I have written then you can find me on Twitter @matthowes9 You can check out my other work on my online portfolio www.matthowesmedia.com for my musings on other sports.

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