Borussia Dortmund continue to struggle with Nico Schulz conundrum

Nico Schulz (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
Nico Schulz (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images) /

Borussia Dortmund are still heavily invested in moving on former Germany and Hoffenheim left back Nico Schulz, who has a contract with the club until 2024.

With Borussia Dortmund continuing to grapple with their transfer business ahead of next season, the topic of Nico Schulz continues to arise as a problematic conundrum for the club to try to resolve. According to Bild, the situation has gotten to the point where Dortmund would be willing to allow Schulz to leave without a transfer fee, and even allegedly help fund part of his 5.5 million euro annual summary for the club that takes the player off of their hands.

It seems like a “desperate times call for desperate measures” sort of situation for Dortmund, if this report is to be believed. Having signed Schulz for 25 million euros from Hoffenheim back in 2019, the German left back was expected to have a lasting impact on Dortmund’s defense; something that has not materialized to date. Coupled with his off-field controversy, Schulz’s lackluster displays have forced Edin Terzić and the club to make it clear that Schulz no longer has a future with Dortmund, with the player having last featured in May of 2022, some 433 days ago.

Watching Schulz situation unravel has been concerning, with the player having been explicitly allowed to negotiate a transfer with interested parties, but nothing concrete has come to fruition. Serie A sides Atalanta and Lazio have been the most heavily linked with the player, but neither move ever gained the sort of traction needed to make it a reality.

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There’s only one more year left on the deal Schulz signed in 2019, meaning the club would only have to deal with his hefty salary until next summer. That being said, 5.5 million is a lot of money for the club to be investing in a player who yet again will play no role for the club. Dortmund can only hope that Schulz is able, in tandem with his entourage, to find a solution where he can finally make the move. Of all the players Dortmund are looking to offload, Schulz will prove to be the most difficult, and it will likely take nothing short of a negotiation masterclass from Sebastian Kehl to help resolve the current situation the player and club find themselves in.