According to Kicker, as cited by Fussball Transfers, Borussia Dortmund are open to selling Thomas Delaney this summer. The Danish midfielder faces an uncertain future at the club, especially following the arrival of Jude Bellingham. Therefore, he has been given the green light to leave the club, with Dortmund likely to consider any reasonable offer.
Thomas Delaney’s Struggles At Dortmund
Delaney initially joined Borussia Dortmund back in 2018, in a €20 million move from Werder Bremen. He was then regarded as one of the best midfielders in Bundesliga.
At Dortmund, however, Delaney has seen his career marred by injuries and lack of game-time. Although the Dane was a regular alongside Axel Witself in the double-pivot of Lucien Favre’s 4-2-3-1 during the 2018/19 campaign, he lost touch eventually.
This season, in particular, Delaney has featured in only 11 matches, missing a chunk of the season due to a knee and an ankle injury. As a result, the 28-year-old has lost his place in the side, to the likes of Emre Can and even Julian Brandt, who has looked at home when operating in the number eight slot.
Although Delaney did enjoy an impressive run since the restart period, his progress was quickly hampered by a muscle injury. As a result, he had to sit out the last five matches on the sidelines.
Should Borussia Dortmund Offload Delaney?
Delaney certainly has not managed to hit the heights at Borussia Dortmund. But, offloading him this summer seems like a stretch from the Bundesliga giants, especially if we consider the fact that the club is not in a good financial shape due to the pandemic.
From a sporting perspective, both Witsel and Can have done incredibly well this year and are pretty much-guaranteed starters. However, Witsel has struggled with injuries of late, while Mahmoud Dahoud has not been able to impress Favre.
BVB have signed Bellingham recently. But, the Birmingham City starlet lacks the experience and needs to learn much more while Brandt’s services might be needed further up the pitch.
Delaney, in that regard, is a vital component of the Dortmund midfield. He has the experience as well as the dynamism and aggression that are well suited to Favre’s style of play. The Dane, therefore, is an ideal alternative to the likes of Can and Witsel.
And as mentioned earlier, Dortmund are going through a difficult period, meaning it could be hard for them to sign another top-quality midfielder this summer. Hence, it would perhaps be wiser for the Black and Yellows to keep hold of Delaney.