According to reports, Borussia Dortmund is one of the clubs keeping tabs on the situation surrounding PSV Eindhoven’s Xavi Simons.
Borussia Dortmund may be looking to bring in yet another Dutchman to bolster the squad with the German club allegedly showing interest in Xavi Simons. Simons, who currently plies his trade for Dutch Eredivisie runners-up PSV Eindhoven, has had a season to remember, putting him on the radar of multiple clubs this summer.
Simons finished the Eredivisie season with an impressive tally of 19 goals and 8 assists across 34 league games. This tally placed him second in the goal scoring charts just behind FC Utrecht’s Anastasios Douvikas, who managed to score 20.
Aside from scoring, Simons excelled in terms of progressive carries (4.75 per 90) and successful take ons (2.38 per 90) when compared to similar players across Europe’s top 5 leagues over the course of the last year. The numbers paint a picture of a player who looks to be one of the driving forces in his team’s attack.
Simons fits the profile of an attacking midfielder. At PSV, he often plays out wide in an attacking front three, where he has proven to be prolific for his side. His performances have impressed so much so that PSG are contemplating activating a 6 million euro release clause which is only active in July.
Should he not wish to return to PSG, Dortmund’s interest would come into play. Among the other clubs interested, Dortmund would have to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Brighton, Tottenham and Leipzig for his signature.
A move for Simons would undoubtedly be a very exciting one for Dortmund, but considering his profile as a player, he would likely be displacing one of Dortmund’s current attacking midfielders or wide players should a move come to fruition. Rumors have circulated about the possible departure of Gio Reyna, which may lend some credence to this rumor should the US international indeed depart. This does not seem very likely at this time, however.
As the club are currently looking to find a replacement for Jude Bellingham and Mahmoud Dahoud in midfield, Simons does not fit the profile of the type of player that would replace what the aforementioned duo ,and particularly Jude, brought to the team. With this in mind I would certainly be cautious about Dortmund’s intentions to make this transfer a reality.