Michael Zorc and Borussia Dortmund face an uncertain summer with regards to the transfer market and have changed focus recently to retaining their youth.
Borussia Dortmund and the rest of the footballing world are in an unprecedented time with the Coronavirus and the effect it has had and is having. With the majority of leagues still suspended there has been significant lost revenue that will surely impact their financial positions. Typically May would be a very hectic time for teams but with everything going on, transfers and contract talks are on hold for the time being.
Zorc told Ruhr Nachrichten, “The transfer market has moved into the background due to the corona crisis and the lockdown. You don’t have to have great imagination to predict that 2020 won’t be a boom year in the transfer market. he decisive factor is also likely to be whether and, if so, how and when things can continue in the big leagues. The transfer period is bound to slip back slightly anyway.”
In what is sure to be a slow summer for transfers, Michael Zorc has had to focus on other items in the interim and has locked down some key pieces of Dortmund’s future.
“Of course now is not the right time to take transfer-related economic risks. In recent weeks, for example, we have been working intensively with our top talents and have now extended our contract with defender Nnamdi Collins. This was not a matter to be taken for granted, as the youngster was on the wish list of several top European clubs.”
Gio Reyna’s two year extension hasn’t been confirmed yet but there have been multiple reports of it being agreed upon and to be announced once he turns 18. On top of that Zorc was able to lock down highly rated 16 year old center back Nnamdi Collins, extending his contract to 2023. There were several high profile clubs after Collins’ signature, extending him is a great coup for Dortmund as he is seen as a potential long term option option in central defense.
Collins like Youssoufa Moukoko will be eligible to play for Dortmund’s first team in the Bundesliga next season with the new rule changes coming into effect. It’s not overly likely that either of them will work their way onto the first team next season but they will be sure to get their chances if they continue to impress in the youth leagues.