Looking for reinforcements in central midfield, Borussia Dortmund may find what they are looking for in Bundesliga 1 rivals. FC Köln.
of the To express connects BVB with Salih Özcan, who is having a great season with the cathedral city team and recently made his debut with the Turkish national team coached by Stefan Kuntz. The historic German youth team had previously decided to change federation.
Cologne-born Öczan has gone through all the youth teams of current sixth place in the Bundesliga and, after a year on loan at Holstein Kiel, is now one of the permanent staff of manager Steffen Baumgart.
BVB: Özcan as Axel Witsel’s successor?
While Köln have clearly embarked on their way to the European Cup, new sports boss Christian Keller will need to generate revenue and cut his budget in the upcoming transfer summer. A sale of Özcan, still under contract in Cologne until 2023, could come at the right time.
At the BVB, the 24-year-old could succeed Axel Witsel, who will leave Borussia at the end of the season. According to the report, Özcan will be used in Dortmund in the future as you are defensive to keep offensive players free.
Coach Marco Rose’s side have repeatedly lacked balance in midfield this season, especially as Witsel is now noticeably lacking in pace.