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BVB: Transfer Strategy Works – Watzke Increases Pressure and Demands Titles

At 10:59 pm Bayern announced Tuesday the loan from Ivan Perisic.

While most football fans are currently discussing the pros and cons of Bayern's deal and transfer strategy, Borussia Dortmund supporters can sit back and relax.

Just days after the end of the Bundesliga last season, BVB completed transfers of Nico Schultz, Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt within 40 hours to 75 million.

Just over a month later, Borussia announced the return of Mats Hummels for 30.5 million euros from Munich before being sealed on 1 July with the latest new entry of Barca Mateu Morey's talent.

Watzke declares early transfer offensive

While many other clubs were still busy with internal staffing planning, BVB had already invested 130 million, including the option to buy Paco Alcácer, and completed its team planning as far as possible – well before the transfer window on July 1st.

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"We wanted to make our access as fast as possible so that we did not fall into a price war," BWB managing director Hans-Joachim Wacki said on Tuesday during a press conference on the balance sheet in Dortmund amid the early transfer offensive.

A clear advantage over Bayern, who was still waiting for the "domino effect" on July 8 and since then has only introduced Perisic as an additional new signature.

At least at the moment it looks like Borussia is much smarter on the transfer market.

Champion title as target of BVB

Ever since the last match of the season against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Dortmund had spent the next championship in goal and only a little later had left their words for three transfers.

He wants "that we have no discussion about why we didn't become champions, but that there is talk that we want to be champions for the new season," Wackie said in a BVB talk "19.09 – Black and Yellow Tales" to Ruhr Nachrichten.

But many newcomers are expected: "We do not have young players involved, but more or less only national players. I believe that everyone can do our job, but they have to prove it now," said the native Sauerland.

Planning for BVB units is actually over

After the Hummels engagement, the squad was too large in the meantime, but it was also able to house sports director Michael Zork in the meantime. Eleven players have already been transferred and brought the Dortmunds – Christian Pulisic's sale to Chelsea FC for EUR 64 million – a total of EUR 130 million in revenue and thus a balanced transfer balance.

In the end, even a plus could withstand, because Wackie hinted that there may be more departures: "We are approaching more and more of the size of our frame."

There are no real candidates for a strike anymore. In an interview with BVB, the 60-year-old said the squad's plans were "actually" complete. However, Rafael Guerrero could still leave the club if he failed to help extend the contract.

Because of his early signings, BWB coach Lucien Favreau was able to work with the desired formation from the start – a clear advantage over FC Bayern's worst championship contender.

BVB with advantage over Bayern

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There are still only 18 professional field players on the roster Tuesday after Perisic's commitment. Especially in the offensive after leaving Argen Robben (end of career), Frank Ribery (unknown goal) and James Rodriguez (final loan, Real Madrid) still have to take action that has not been hidden even by Bayern players.

More or less openly, they have called for reinforcement in recent weeks. Munich has already spent a total of € 115 million on Lucas Hernandez (€ 80 million) and Benjamin Pavard (€ 35 million).

While there is still work to be done on the latest transfer rhythm for Bayern CEOs, there is great satisfaction in Dortmund right now.

Wackie wants a Borsigplatz holiday

"The last time we didn't have a single defeat in the preseason was 2011. The end is known," Wacki said of the season's double.

He will not object to repetition, Wackie emphasized. It was a long time ago for Borsigplatz's last masterpiece, "and I always had the feeling from 2012 that it might not be the last."

With the skillful transfer procedure, BVB has already achieved at least a small masterpiece.

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