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Dortmund are Rebuilding for the Future

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Marcel Schmelzer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Joo Ho Park, Nuri Sahin, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, Mikel Merino, Marc Bartra , Gonzalo Castro of Borussia Dortmund pose on the plane ready for takeoff to Borussia Dortmund's Summer Asia Tour 2016 on July 20, 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

While the top clubs in Europe look to Dortmund to buy top-quality talent, Borussia Dortmund have been able to remain competitive in the Bundesliga and in Europe since their re-emergence in the 2010-2011 season. Since they don’t have funds to splash the cash to buy world class players, Dortmund are looking to the future buy signing developing young talent from other European leagues.

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The first of the bunch is 18-year old Turkish Midfielder Emre Mor. Mor had a breakout season with Danish side Fc Nordjsaelland creating a plethora of chances and scoring two goals in the process. the eighteen year old’s performances helped him earn a spot in Fatih Terim’s Turkish squad in the European Championships.

His performances in the Euro prompted Dortmund to sign the young Turk for the upcoming season. Mor is a player who is small in stature, but carries loads of quality. He is a good dribbler with and has the ability to beat full-backs one on one on the flanks. Along with 17-year-old Christian Pulisic, Dortmund have good young wingers to rely on in the future.

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The second player is 19-year-old Ousmane Dembele. Dembele was one of the most sought after players in Europe after his breakout season with Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2015/2016. Dembele scored 12 league goals and assisted 5.

While he isn’t a conventional striker, he is an adaptable forward who can operate on either flank as well. This prompted Dortmund to sign Dembele at the end of the season on a 5-year deal to bring him to the Westfalenstadion.

They also signed 22-year-old Lorient full-back Raphael Guerreiro. The French-born, Portuguese full-back had a great season at Lorient and was picked in Fernando Santo’s 23-man squad for Portugal in EURO 2016. He was in the starting XI when they beat hosts France in the final.

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Guerreiro is the epitome of the modern day full-back. He can bomb up and down the pitch, he can beat defenders one on one, he can whip in a good cross, and is solid defensively. Dortmund recognized his quality before the final and signed him from Lorient for 12 million euros on a 5-year deal.

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To top it off, Dortmund signed former talisman Mario Gotze from German champions Bayern Munich. After his meteoric rise to the top with the yellow and black, Gotze made a bold move in 2013 to move to Munich to further his career.

That move did exactly the opposite.

While Gotze had a good first season in Munich, Gotze had sub-par seasons in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. His time in Munich was plagued with injury as well as the reluctance of former coach Pep Guardiola to integrate him into the starting 11. Even new manager Carlo Ancelotti told Gotze that he did not have a future at the club and as a result, Gotze handed in a transfer request to seek greener pastures somewhere else.

Borussia Dortmund bought back the 24-year-old for 23 million euros. While it is in the air if the fans will take him back, Gotze is returning to a place where he thrived. Under manager Thomas Tuechel, he has a good chance to return to his original position and play in a system that improved him as a player under Jurgen Klopp.

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This shrewd piece of business will help Dortmund remain competitive in the Bundesliga and in Munich along with winger Andre Schurrle arriving from Wolfsburg. Gotze is still young and will improve Dortmund in key areas such as the midfield.

While Dortmund are unable to keep up with big clubs financially, they are smart in their transfer dealings and have improved in vitals areas as they start the 2016-2017 season. The signing of young talent will help them compete for years to come.

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