Report: Borussia Dortmund the favorites to sign Real Madrid’s Sergio Arribas

Sergio Arribas. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
Sergio Arribas. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images) /

According to multiple reports in Spain and Germany, Borussia Dortmund are interested in acquiring the services of attacking midfielder Sergio Arribas.

As Borussia Dortmund continue their search for new blood this summer, the German club have allegedly turned their attention to Spain as they look to concoct a move for Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Arribas. Arribas, a product of the famous “La Fábrica” academy, has been a part of Real Madrid Castilla since 2020.

This season, Arribas showed exemplary form in Spain’s third tier (Primera Federación), scoring 18 goals and assisting a further 7. It is this form that likely prompted Dortmund’s interest in the player.

According to Ruhr Nachrichten, Dortmund have sent scouts to watch Arribas as they are looking for a young, talented player to develop. Reports from Spain however indicate that there are multiple clubs vying for Arribas’ signature, though the parameters of the deal seem to be leaning towards a loan rather than outright sale. Because of Dortmund’s good relationship with Real Madrid, it is expected that Die Schwarzgelben holds the lead over the other interested clubs, namely Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig.

While Dortmund’s interest in the player is far from surprising, Arribas doesn’t tick the boxes of the type of player the club should be focusing on during this transfer market. The club has a plethora of attacking midfielders that, unless the club makes room for Arribas, will mean he will likely not get as many minutes on the pitch as Real Madrid would like.

The reports allude to Arribas’ ability to play in a similar role to Jude Bellingham, but the player’s profile doesn’t necessarily check out. Arribas has mainly played as a number 10 throughout his time with Madrid, and has become quite apt at playing out on the wings as well when called upon. His main strengths are his dribbling and ability to be a consistent goal threat, as his numbers for the club show so far. He also doesn’t possess the same physicality as Jude, making him performing a similar role a non-starter.

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Aside from his profile as a player, signing him on loan would make no sense for the club long term as they would be developing a player for Madrid. If in fact Dortmund are looking to bring in a player like Arribas, it would only be plausible if the player was making a permanent move. Considering the club’s struggles in more dire positions of interest, I would expect that any move for Arribas would be put on the back-burner until other, much needed reinforcements are secured.