Sebastian Kehl has said that he is amused by some of transfer rumours involving Borussia Dortmund, adding that the club will not do anything crazy in the market.
There are just over two weeks left before the transfer window slams shut. Borussia Dortmund are reportedly looking to bolster their squad in three positions, with a centre-back, a back-up striker, and a new right-back on the club’s agenda. But Sebastian Kehl has poured cold water on some of the transfer rumours involving the club.
The BVB sporting director has told DPA (via Süddeutsche Zeitung) that the club will not do anything crazy in the transfer market, adding that the plan has always been to spend 60-65% of the transfer fee they received for Jude Bellingham. Hans-Joachim Watzke already made this clear in June.
"“I’m amused by these rumours. Our media department now has fun every year counting all the players that are linked with us. This year, we are currently at 38 names.”“Changing everything at once isn’t going to work anyway. And crazy things don’t work either. We already communicated transparently in the first week of June that we would only be able to invest 60 to 65 percent of Jude Bellingham’s transfer fee back into the squad. So the figures are on the table for everyone to see.”"
Borussia Dortmund sold Bellingham to Real Madrid for a fee of 103 million euros plus 10% of that fee in bonuses. The Black and Yellows have spent roughly 50-55 million euros in transfer fees so far this summer, signing Ramy Bensebaini, Felix Nmecha and Marcel Sabitzer.
Sebastian Kehl has added that they do not feel pressured by the money being spent by Bundesliga title rivals Bayern Munich, and potential contenders Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig.
"“We don’t feel any pressure. Which is why we’re not letting ourselves be driven by outside forces. We made a very clear analysis after last season. We have a clear plan based on that. And we are successively implementing it.”"
Borussia Dortmund will begin their Bundesliga campaign this weekend as they take on FC Köln at the Westfalenstadion.