Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted the Bundesliga runners-up need to ‘think about’ the transfer speculation linking the club with Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, according to ESPN FC.
Dortmund, who are scheduled to face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium in London on 25 May, are set to lose Mario Gotze and potentially Robert Lewandowski to their Bavarian counterparts this summer.
Gotze, 20, will join Bayern Munich for a transfer fee of €37 million, while the future of Lewandowski has yet to be confirmed amid ongoing rumours.
BVB have been linked with a number of ‘replacement’ players in recent weeks, including the likes of Christian Benteke (Aston Villa), Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Mame Biram-Diouf (Hannover 96) and Son Heung-Min (Hamburger SV).
Dortmund may not be able to meet the weekly wage demands of Dzeko, but Klopp has insisted the club must at least consider a move for the former VfL Wolfsburg ace.
“I do not know anything of a meeting with Dzeko,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “But if you think about what will happen to us in the next few years, we have to think about him.
“But judging by information we have, the wages he is content with technically do not fit ours, as we will not bend. We do not throw about peanuts.
“Still, we will leave all doors open.”
Marchisio wants Juve stay
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has revealed he wants to end his career at the Juventus Stadium amid ongoing rumours linking the Italy international with a sensational summer move to Manchester United, ESPN FC understands.
Marchisio, 27, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford on several different occasions in recent months.
However, the Italy international, who has been a Juventus player since 1993, is not interested in a move away from Turin.
“I’ve been hearing rumours for as long as I’ve been at Juve,” said Marchisio. “Attracting the attention of other top clubs is always nice, but I signed a long contract with Juventus. I want to end my career with this shirt.”
In addition, Marchisio insisted he would like to see Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic back at Juventus.
“His career speaks for itself. I would welcome him with open arms,” added the Azzurri international.
“He was been a winner wherever he has been. He’s a great champion who could only improve our team.”
Marchisio has bagged eight goals and four assists in 38 appearances across all competitions for the Bianconeri this season.